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i'm moving to FLORIDA!!!

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So I'm officially moving to Florida... in less than a week!!!! 

Though this will be my third move in a year, I'm feeling surprisingly calm about it. Florida is my home- it's the place I feel most comfortable, even after five years in Nashville. I'm ready to move back to my happy place, especially because I'll be moving with a pretty special someone to a city that is fairly new to me: Tampa. I'll be starting classes at the University of Tampa to prepare me for graduate school, and I'm hoping to volunteer at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay to help me get experience dealing with mental health. Soooooo excited to be busy again! 

 
 

It's beyond crazy to me that six months ago, I was in the worst possible place emotionally, and now, after countless DBT groups and individual sessions, I am a brand new person on a constantly evolving road to recovery. I know now that more than anything, I want to show people out there that it's possible to recover from depressive episodes and serious mental health issues. I want people to see that it's okay to seek help- that there IS light at the end of the tunnel, and that there is always hope, no matter how dark life can seem. I don't think I've ever been so passionate about a cause in my life, and I'm so excited to be on a path that feels right to me. I'm still planning on studying for the LSAT, just in case I decide to go in a different direction, but right now, becoming a counselor feels like the best possible fit. HOORAY for life decisions!!! 

 
 

I'm also pretty pumped to Floridify (yup just made that up) this blog a bit in the upcoming weeks and months. It will be exciting to share my experiences in a brand new city, and I hope that I'll be able to provide fresh and fun lifestyle content to my readers. Think: apartment tours, city recommendations, travel tips, etc. And of course, I'll be focusing on how to stay balanced and healthy despite a massive amount of upheaval/change. Not to curse myself, but I'm quite positive that it's possible :) 

Anyways, that's the update- stay tuned for some road trip posts, because in T-minus four days, I'll be hitting the highways!