The Next Right Thing

One year ago, I decided to step away from everything I knew. I left friends, my career, and the state I loved. I came back home with the intention of getting healthy both mentally and physically. I knew that it would be hard to leave and hard to be back, but what I wasn’t expecting was to be sitting here a year later fully acknowledging how much I have grown.

Earlier this year I decided to pursue a life-long dream and move to Australia. Since making that decision, things have been falling into place. Sometimes that’s all it takes: just deciding; taking A step in A direction, no matter what it is. Simply doing the next right thing is all that is required of us. Don’t get me wrong, it’s far from easy, but it is worth it.

When I left Texas, I knew it was a risk to walk away from my dream job, knowing I may never do it again. But I also knew that what I would be gaining was myself. Over the last year I have regained my confidence, built my self-esteem back up, and surrounded myself with loved ones who won’t let me isolate.

With all that being said, I am happy to announce that along with moving to Australia, I have accepted a job as a Child Life Specialist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Stepping out in faith to pursue the next right thing has been opening doors that I never dreamed were possible. I am ecstatic to embark on this grand adventure, and to see what will come of it.

I don’t have all the answers, but I do know that you don’t have to have it all figured out today. Maybe the first step is just sitting quietly to figure out the next right thing. I don’t know what that looks like for you, but I am praying that the Lord reveals it. Because He will. He is good all the time, and is ever faithful.

It’s such a relief when you decide not to let fear rule your life. Am I thrilled to be going? Absolutely. Am I terrified? You bet! But am I doing it anyway? Hell yes.

Dallas Gals (Gallas?)

I am a firm believer that you do not have to travel internationally in order to blog about your experience. All travel is wonderful and exciting, regardless of the destination.

Last weekend I made my way back to Texas for Galentine’s Day with my bestie, Liza. This is an annual tradition of ours, and this year was the sixth celebration!

The weekend was full of fun girl time and delicious Texas food. As you can see, Liza is a cat mama and has two sweet fur babies that I love to snuggle with any chance I get. We did a lot of fun things, but honestly this photo below best encapsulates our weekend.

Just a couple of kittens!

If you get the chance to visit Dallas, there are a few musts. The first obviously being Whataburger. I could tell you that I didn’t eat there every day of my trip, but I learned from Harry Potter that I mustn’t tell lies.

(That spicy ketchup though 🙌🏻 10/10 every time.)

Another fun activity is visiting downtown McKinney. It has the quaintness and charm of a small Texas town, but also has incredible local restaurants, coffee, and boutiques.

We got cupcakes from Sprinkles, and ate brunch at The Rustic-a favorite spot!

Are you sensing a theme here? No one can lose weight in Texas, and honestly why would you want to? The food is a love language, and you are being blessed to speak it.

For as many times as I have gotten trapped overnight in Dallas, the city has never lost its charm. Each time I visit, I discover a new part of town that I fall in love with. Food, shopping, tattoos, movies-what’s not to love?

Until next time, #TexasForever 💙💛