Sunday, February 19, 2012

Truly Texas

Reflecting on this weekend, one thing has become clear: I really do love Dallas.

J and I moved here in April 2010. I knew only two people: a friend in Austin, and a family friend in Houston. J had an old friend in Ft. Worth, but that was it.

It was a daunting thought to make friends. To be honest, I didn't think I'd ever have friends like I did in Colorado or North Carolina. I felt pressure to find something to occupy my days. I volunteered at the Arboretum, and tried to get involved as much as possible, but that was hard as well.

You see, Dallas is a very small big city. As an outsider it can be very intimidating. In May of 2010, in an effort to get myself out there, I went to a Dallas Blogger Meetup. I was nervous of course, but there I met several bloggers, three of who have become close friends. I also found a job and connected with co-workers.

And slowly but surely,
I found my way.

I started understanding the Texas jokes. I had my restaurants. I started to be able to navigate the city without GPS (still a struggle sometimes!). I started recognizing people when I'd go out. I started lunching at Neimans every Saturday and joining clubs/groups. I found an amazing group of girlfriends. My calendar filled up again.

(These things may seem silly and trivial, but when you are worried that you may never feel at home, they are a big deal.)

So in April, when our 2 year anniversary in the Big D comes around, I will greet it with open arms. Dallas has been good to me so far, and I have a feeling it's only getting better.

(photo: one of KappaPrep's birthday party printables)


  1. I have to admit, this post hit me right in the heart. I recently moved to Houston and I feel the exact same way that you did. Other than my husband, I don't really know anyone else. This story gives me hope that things might get better! <3

  2. you moved to the right city. southern hospitality is not to be underestimated.
    In Seattle no one wears color, appreciates my ombre-inspired tulip flower arrangements and there is a not a single bar cart/ tea cart to speak of on craigslist or in consignment. ahhhhhh. Dorothy was right about the emerald city: the fresh sea food is great but there's no place like home.
    This city remains a Lovely place to visit please do. Bring J. We will go sailing and eat fresh catches and I know a super special karaoke tiki bar that has you guys written all over it.