Homegrown Minnesotan, Texas Transplant

{I am linking up + visiting with the ladies from the Influence Network about where we live}

I spent the first 18 years of my life in Willmar, Minnesota. Even though I'm not sure I would pack my bags and move back permanently, I have grown to love + appreciate my roots. I love that I know people there and people know me.

I often miss being close to so much family (since about 85% of my family in MN) and soaking in summer days on the lake or winter days in cozy coffee houses.

(Duluth, MN)

I am a Minnesota girl through and through...need proof? (ps. I love this video).

But...After I graduated high school, I ventured to Guatemala for a short stint and then headed to Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

(Lake Atitlan, Guatemala)

(Me and the late Jerry Falwell--founder of Liberty University)

Even though Guatemala + Virginia had things to offer, I hightailed it back to Minnesota after graduation and moved to St.Paul.

There I was reintroduced to a real winter--but I still loved living in St.Paul :)

But, just weeks after graduating and moving back, I met Josh (you can read the story here) and he lived in Texas.

So, when we got married in October of 2008, I moved to Allen, Texas. Then, we moved to Frisco. TX for a short while.

When Josh got accepted into Texas A&M (whoop!), we moved to Bryan/College Station, TX (otherwise known as Aggieland) in January of 2010.

(ps. it was ridiculously hot that day!)

I've done a lot of moving in the past 10 years, but I finally feel settled where we live. Texas is probably not where we want to put down our forever roots (honestly, summers are so hot + I'm not a huge fan of super hot weather), but I am enjoying my time here. I've loved our visits to Galveston, Austin, San Antonio, and other adventures around the state.

After moving quite a bit, I firmly believe that people + relationships can make all the difference in how you experience and enjoy where you live :) I also believe that beauty + appreciation can be found wherever you plant your roots.

Josh is planning to graduate this December, so we will be going wherever he gets a job. Anyone have any connections in the Aerospace industry??? ;) I know that I will miss where we are now, and yet I look forward to where we are going.

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  1. How fun getting to know you better! Wow, Minnesota and Texas are worlds apart, aren't they? I've never been to Minnesota (in fact I keep having to make sure I'm spelling that correctly, haha) but I can empathize with you feel about Texas. We spent the three years before we moved to Indiana in Dallas, and although we eventually became part of an amazing community that I will love till the day I die.... I don't miss those horrible Texas summer days that are like 200 degrees. Eesh! :) I do like the niceness of people down there, though, and the Texas pride that people possess. It's downright cute.

    And oh, I think it's so cool that you wrote about loving Guatemala! You're the second person from the link-up that has said that, and it makes me feel all warm inside because I grew up there.. and I now I don't feel as unrelatable. :)

  2. wow! lots of moving around! excited to hear where you might be next - and i really appreciate your comment on the people and relationships making the difference in any location. i couldn't agree more!

    thanks for sharing a little bit of texas!

  3. Hey Nicole! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I LOVE hearing from other MN people--and I think that video is hilarious! Thanks for reintroducing me to it; I hadn't seen it in a long time. You're so brave to move around so much, but it must be exciting to get to experience so many different places and people. Sometimes I feel like my life experiences would be richer if I'd lived anywhere else--but my husband's business is in St. Paul, and I'm sure we'll never move out of state.

    P.S. I might actually know someone who works in Aerospace! (At least, I'm pretty sure that's his industry.) I'm not sure how much help he'd be, but it may be worth a shot! You can always e-mail me if you want to talk more about it.

  4. You've been all over! Fun stuff! I'm moving to South Texas/Mexico in a few weeks and I know the summers there can be brutal!


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