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My Cross-Country Move to Houston

I’ve been MIA because I made a huge life decision: to move from Fort Collins, Colorado to Houston, Texas. You’re probably wondering, “Why? Why would you ever?” and that’s what everyone I knew said when I made this announcement. For months, I was heckled with “I hope you’re prepared for unbearable heat” and various versions of “You’re crazy.” When I arrived, even Houstonians wanted to know why anyone would come to Houston from anywhere else.

I moved away from the backcountry of my Colorado soul, the purity of the air, the diversity of the landscape, the easy-going, slow, savory lifestyle, to pursue a PhD at the University of Houston.

I’ve been here about a month now, and I finally feel like I can sanely reflect on my insane decision. This is the second cross-country move I’ve made in three years, the second time I’ve left behind homes, family, and friends for a place I’d never been, for the sole reason to have the time and space to write. Last night, Jonathan Franzen read from his new novel Purity at the Wortham Theatre in downtown. During the Q&A, in response to the question, how are you able to sustain the energy to write a novel, he said, “You have to be obsessed with it.” And I suppose, this too might be the only answer I have for people:

You have to love something enough that you’re obsessed with it more than anything else in your life, and you’re willing to follow it anywhere. 

I’ve met incredible people who have already become the friends that I rely on and laugh with like family. Adventure is just that: showing up in the unknown with every doubt and finding your spirit there anyway.

It might be harder to find the backcountry, now that I live in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, but it’ll be an even bigger adventure now that I have to go searching for it. So, if you’re willing to stick with me, this blog may venture into new territory just as I have, but it’ll likely be just as exciting.

Colorado to Texas+PIN
Josie, myself, and Corey in front of the “We Love Houston” sign off the freeway. Clearly, I’m not entirely convinced, yet. 

 Who knows what will happen from here, but for now…

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