Three years doesn’t seem like a very long time, and yet, it was three years today that Mr. Dominic and I landed in Nashville to see about this little place known as Franklin, TN. At the time, we had no idea how our lives were going to dramatically change.
Memorial Day weekend 2013 would soon become a major stepping stone in our journey through life. If you recall, just a few months before May, I had never even heard of Franklin and no one knew that we were thinking about leaving Los Angeles. You should also know that neither of us had ever even visited Tennessee.
I pretty much knew there was a Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville and that’s about it.
Tennessee was NOT on our radar.
Our realtor told us to drive around and see where we wanted to live, and I remember thinking that this task would be easy…because isn’t Franklin just a tiny town? We were in for a very big surprise.
We were a couple of lost souls, because we had ZERO clue about anything. Talk about clueless! We drove around Brentwood – back and forth on the same streets over and over again. We looked in Nolensville, and then we finally ended up in Franklin, but every house that I liked on Zillow was already under contract. Plus…we really had no intention of moving here, so it didn’t really matter.
God had other plans for us.
I wanted to be close to the country, but Mr. Dominic didn’t want to drive by cows on his way to work. Little did we know that would be a challenging request in Franklin. Cows are everywhere. I love cows and all things country and wide open spaces. We compromised. Now I live around the corner from cows.
We drove and drove and got very lost, but it was okay because Franklin folks waved and oozed Southern hospitality. I fell in love with Franklin (probably faster than Mr. Dominic) and you know the rest of the story…
We bought a house and we moved just a few short months later. We left everything that we knew to be true behind. We arrived with no jobs, no friends and no family. A lot of people thought we were nuts and maybe we were.
We left Los Angeles on August 6, 2013 and arrived on August 10, and in all honesty, as I look back, I was terrified. Here we were starting our lives over.
For a long time I felt lost…unsettled (sometimes I still feel that way)…lonely…and afraid. What had we done? Would anything ever feel familiar? Would we ever have a friend? Would we be okay?
If you’ve ever made a big move like this, then you understand exactly what I’m talking about. You cling to things that feel like home. You cry for no reason and you feel a sadness that hurts your heart. I knew we weren’t going back, but I didn’t know when Franklin would fit.
Every so slowly…things began to change. I made friends. This blog saved me, because for one thing, it forced me to get out into my new community. I’m eternally grateful for Discovering Franklin and I’m eternally grateful for you…that you allow me into your life.
Here’s the thing with a big move or any major life change. You have two ways to go. You can try and control all your circumstances but you won’t be very successful at that, or you can trust that God has a plan for you and maybe you’re not meant to understand it. Maybe you’re meant to flow with it…to live it…to trust that you’re going to be okay no matter what. I tried the first way…and it didn’t work and now three years later…I lean in. I pray more. I love more. I give more and I trust.
I know many of my sweet readers have moved also and struggle. The struggle is real and it takes time. I can’t meet with everyone individually but I can meet you once a month for coffee. So I’m organizing a Discovering Franklin Coffee Group and we’ll meet once a month and my prayer for this is that you’ll meet new people and you won’t feel alone. (Leave a comment below if you think coffee and conversation sounds like fun.)
So stay tuned for that announcement. It will be on a Saturday morning and I hope you’ll join me for coffee and conversation.
I still miss my family and friends and I always will, but there’s a part of me that feels like she belongs here…like this place was just calling my name, only I never knew it. My heart feels at peace here. I have wonderful friends and what I’ve learned is that things take time. I’ve also learned that I’m brave…that we’re brave and that God brought me here to save my soul.
Three years doesn’t seem like a long time, but three years can transform a life. We’ve made friends. We started a new business, (Franklin Flannels), my coaching business has grown and we find ways to rejoice in the simpler things that make life grand.
Thank you for reading…thank you for being a part of my life. I’m forever grateful.
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