Moving to a New City: Work, Relationships, & Finding Yourself

Hello, my wonderful zany flowers. I hate that it has been so long since I have posted, but rest assured, ya girl is up and running and ready to start writing again.

For those of you who did not hear, I recently moved to Nashville. Why, you may ask? Well, if you refer to my last blog post, the whole internship thing didn’t work out for me. So I went with plan B, which was moving to a city I thought would be cool to live. I follow a couple bloggers who are based out of Nashville, and the city looks sweet through their words and photos, so I decided to give it a shot.

Moving to a new city (that you’ve never even visited) knowing absolutely no one can be a mixture of emotions: exhilarating, terrifying, hopeful, lonely, adventurous. I have felt all, if not more, of those feelings. But there is something about the experience of packing all your belongings into a little car and driving to a new place that seems to awaken my soul.

The first two-ish weeks here in Nashville have been a rollercoaster. For starters, the city is absolutely beautiful, with tons to experience. Even driving on the highways out of the city, the greenery and mountains capture my breath.

Everyone seems happy here. Most of the people I have come in contact with are so pumped to be in Nashville, so happy to be experiencing the life they are living, that they radiate with joy. Just walking down the street to work I see so many people smiling and chatting with each other, it warms my heart.

If you’re wondering what my job is here in Nashville, it is simple and wonderful and fun: I’m a sales associate at Reese Witherspoon‘s store, Draper James. Now, I know some of you have negative feelings toward retail, and it’s true, some retail jobs are awful. But not this one. Like I said, everyone around me seems so happy, and the women who come to shop in Reese’s store are very happy to be there. We serve sweet tea to everyone who comes and shops with us (which is fun to see people’s faces light up when they are offered free sweet tea). The shop is filled everyday with happy tourists shopping, sipping sweet tea, signing along to the country music blasting from our speakers, asking every worker if we have met Reese (the answer for me is no, in the 2 weeks I’ve worked there, I haven’t seen her around. Still holding out hope.)

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Not only are the customers fun to be around, but my co-workers and managers make the job so much more enjoyable. They are all mega supportive, encouraging, and humorous. They work hard, but also don’t take things too seriously (I think that’s one of the best combos).

Most of the people I work with have become instant friends, which is awesome when you don’t have any in a new city. Even though I’ve hung out with a couple of co-workers, I’m still seeking my group of people, which can be a hard and lonely process. I’ve definitely had my down days feeling lonely and needing words of encouragement from friends and family from back home. But, like I said in my previous post, you gotta trust the process. Moving to a new city is a beautiful process, and takes time to arrive at a flourishing spot.

To get you all caught up about where I am here in Nashville, I’m loving the city, loving the new people I’m meeting, and seeking new relationships and experiences. It’s exciting knowing that there are people I haven’t met who could mean a whole lot to be by the end of the summer.

On another note, I think I can officially call myself a fan of country music, which makes me gag a little bit, but hey, when in Nashville…

If you have any suggestions of cool places to check out here in Nashville, message me! I’m open for (mostly) anything.

Well, there you have it, all caught up on my exciting Nashville life. Wherever you are this summer, remember to be true to who you are, take risks, and never stop loving the life you are living.

xoxo,

Reb

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