Homeward Bound

This time next week we will be headed down south. And this time, it’s to stay.

Monty and I knew that this year would bring some pretty big decisions for us because this is the year that he gets out of the military. Our biggest decision was whether or not we would relocate. We went back and forth about a million times but ultimately decided to move back home to Tennessee.

I’ll admit, at first it made me feel like a failure. After all, I was only here for a year and already going back. I was worried about how that would be perceived. But then I realized that that’s stupid. I get so sick of hearing people shame others for not living in a big city or for staying close to home, and here I was doing it to myself. Everyone has different wants and needs, and I’m thankful that we have the opportunity to put ours first and do what’s best for us.

A lot of people have asked me why in the world we’re leaving this beautiful place to go back to TN. And for me, it’s a no brainer. I have loved seeing the PNW, and it has truly changed my life. But as much as I love seeing the beauty here, I also enjoy the beauty of being back home. Having the option to go eat dinner at our parents’ houses is beautiful to me. Being able to watch my friends’ babies grow up is a pretty beautiful thought, too. Moving back home doesn’t mean that our adventures are over, it means that we can share them with the people we love the most.

So, yes, we are leaving behind one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but where we’re going has a pretty good view, too.

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