Fresh off my divorce and having just earned my college degree at the ripe old age of 43, I landed my first professional job in Dallas, Texas. I checked out many areas of the city and decided to plant my roots in a vibrant community with great shopping, restaurants and parks to explore. I spent many hours looking at apartments in Dallas Uptown before settling on one that had absolutely everything I ever dreamed of and was completely opposite of the rural country house I had spent the last 18 years of my life in.
It was a conscious decision to change my lifestyle completely. Not because I hated my ex-husband or the life we had been leading, but I knew I needed to escape the easy complacency of living in the same town I had been born in, grew up in and lived in all of my life. And I wanted to prove I could do it all on my own without the safety net of lifelong friends and family.
Thankfully, my husband and I never had any children so I had the freedom to go wherever I chose and I opted to look for a bit nicer climate than my Midwest life had given me. I wanted to enjoy the sun for more than five months of the year and not have to deal with snow and ice storms. I targeted my job hunt to states where “home” and help wasn’t just a quick drive away and I could exist without a parka in my wardrobe.
When I interviewed for jobs in Dallas, I knew right then and there that I had found my new home. I loved seeing all of the people, the huge buildings and all of the opportunities the city had to offer. While leaving my hometown wasn’t easy, I now feel an excitement for each new day in my brand new city.