We’ve officially been in Phoenix for a little over a month and I thought it was about time to share a moving update with you. In this post, I’m sharing what we’ve done and opening up about how we are feeling in our new state.
When we first got to Phoenix, we couldn’t figure out the code to get into our gate. We’d just driven for the last three days so you can imagine the state we were in. When I pulled up and tried to enter the code given to us by our realtor, it didn’t work. In that moment, as frustration started to grow, I watched a hairy black pig crawl underneath the gate and start roaming the streets of the neighborhood that would not let me in. “Where the hell am I,” I thought. Turns out, desert pigs called Javelinas are normal.
Once we finally got through that and into the house, we walked into the $300,000 home we’d just purchased and both had a moment of sadness or angry or tiredness. We were feeling all the things. This house was not home. We’d built our home in Indy and now, here we were in this nice house that just didn’t feel like ours with a shitty paint job and ugly wood floors. All we could see was the negative. At least the sun was shining.
A day or so later, I found a scorpion in a box in our bedroom and I really questioned if we’d just made the right move. Here I was thinking I’d never walk around the house barefoot, but guys I got through that. I’m proud of say that I will walk around in the daylight without my flip flops.
Fast forward to a few days later when our stuff arrived two days after expected and things started to feel a little more normal. We’ve spent the last month painting cabinets, organizing the rooms, unpacking, figuring out what the heck to do with our winter coats that are still in a box, and just trying to find a new normal.
Collin is adjusting to shopping at a new grocery store (which is super cool and serves wine and beer inside by the way) and I did manage to find a new nail salon. Next on the list: a place for facials, a salon, and a place to get the insane kinks out of my neck and shoulders.
When people ask me if I like Phoenix, my answer is truthful. Guys, I am learning to love it. I like the desert and think our drive to and from work is just beautiful, but it’s not home yet. Home is still 1600 miles away in Indy. My job is pretty sweet and I’m loving the development of a routine. I get to create and do something I thoroughly enjoy which helps take my mind off missing my people.
All that being said, my goal for summer is to really put myself out there and try to make some friends. We are also ready for some weekend adventures exploring all the hiking trails and campsites that are near us. I don’t know if you are aware, but you can drive from Phoenix with desert climate to pine trees in Flagstaff with snowy mountains in just two hours and that’s pretty sweet.
This move has definitely forced us to grow closer as a couple because ultimately, we just have each other. It’s been interesting to adjust to a new schedule together and overall, I think I’ve become a more patient wife.
To sum up how we’ve felt in the last month: excited, sad, angry, frustrated, anxious, chaotic, and ready to explore. You name an emotion and we’ve probably felt it. It’s been a freaking whirlwind you guys and I’m ready for the desert to feel a bit more like home which, in time, will come.
As always, thank you for following along and staying updated on our journey.