Having never lived in any place that was considered a top-ten in anything desirable (unless you have a thing for traffic james, obesity, or pollution), I’ve not been one to dwell on the negatives of the place I call home. Far better to find–or create–the good and bring people along for the ride. Every city has good aspects…some cities just hide it a bit harder than others.
I moved to the Dallas area after graduating LeTourneau in 2004. I’ve lived in Plano, Richardson, Arlington, and, now, East Dallas. I love my area greatly, and I love the people here even more. I love biking all over Dallas. Exploring the city by bike is sheer joy–especially late summer nights. I love the slowly growing coffee scene. I deeply love the church and community I’ve been involved in. I love seeing the quality of life getting better and better. I love how we’re not pretentious about where we live and just enjoy it as it is. I love summer sunsets at White Rock Lake. I love how there are people all over the city working hard to making their neighborhoods better. I love how Deep Ellum is coming back to life with great food and music. I love all the dog friendly patios. I love how the craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years. I love bulk pick up! I love getting to know a city and bumping into people I know all over town.
But, our time together is ending.
I have a rare opportunity with the job I currently have to move anywhere in the Continental US, as long as there is decent Internet and a good airport. I’ve long dreamed of moving to Lake Tahoe, and now’s my chance. Tahoe is a gorgeous, magical place with mountains, sky, and a giant lake all coming together in one dramatic spot. In the summer, there’s mountain bike riding (real mountains!), hiking, camping, road cycling (anyone up for a 73 mile ride around the lake?) and water sports. In the winter, there’s too many ski resorts to count…with majestic views of the lake from the top of every ski lift.
I’m currently in the process of getting my house ready to sell. My goal is to get it on the market in mid-summer. The housing market in Dallas has been great lately, so hopefully it will sell quickly and I’ll make my way west. I’m using this as an opportunity to downsize my belongings and go as minimal as possible. I’m excited about this changing in seasons and what new opportunities are ahead. I’m seizing this moment to do something that few people have the chance to do–pick up and start fresh wherever I want.
By the way, feel free to come visit me in Tahoe! The guest futon is open anytime. Southwest & American fly to Reno, which is just a short drive up to Tahoe. I already have my season ski passes!