My name is Halle and I'm a girl from Cleveland, Ohio who found herself down in Texas..
Where it all began
I grew up on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie (lol) in a small town called Avon Lake. Growing up, I couldn't wait to get older and move to a big city where life was fast paced and there were people from all over with stories to tell. I daydreamed of taxing around the city in high heels and an expensive dress, just like Carrie Bradshaw or Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively is life, ILY girl).
As I entered high school (the best and most absolute worst time of my life), I was finally one step closer to becoming that fab 20 something.
And then I went to college..
I started school in the fall of 2011 with wide eyes and a whole lot of enthusiasm. I was finally out of my small town and ready to take on a new adventure. There, I learned so much about myself and relationships with other people. I learned that you usually get back what you put into something and if you are giving something or someone your all, you'll end up pretty damn happy. And I say 'usually' because sometimes there are exceptions and the stars don't align, so you have to move on.. but, as they say, "when one door closes, another door opens".
Life lesson number one: give it your all, always.
I also learned that I could successfully take 6 shots of fireball and not get a liver transplant.
Life lesson number two: keep gatorade by your bed.
And what I realized the most was how much home, family and friends mean to me, and that distance can definitely make the heart grow fonder. So why not just pick up and move across the country to Texas? [wink]
After college, I was determined to move to The City, find an awesome job in marketing and be the girl I always wanted to be, Carrie Bradshaw 2.0.. right. haha. Well, I definitely took a slight detour and ended up down south, but I got that job in marketing so that's a 1 for 3!
Dallas started out as a short-term plan. Come here for 6 months and get a little experience, then make my way to the east coast.
Then 6 months turned into a year and a half and here I am, still here.
I decided to stay longer because I realized I needed to give this place a shot and stop looking so far ahead in the future.
Life lesson number three: be more present.
Because of this, I've met amazing people who I know will continue to be in my life no matter where it takes us. But I didn't find them easily. It took me about 6 months to really settle in, so be patient with the process because there will be a payoff if you keep putting yourself out there.
The distance has definitely been hard, there's lots of traveling involved with a family and boyfriend a plane ride away.. But it's empowering to know I'll always be okay on my own.
Life lesson number four: you can kick ass on your own.