Five years ago, my husband and I packed all our worldly possessions into a little rental truck and made the long move from San Antonio, Texas to Burlington, Vermont. Now, I’m excited to say, new opportunities are taking us back home to Texas. On Sunday, we are moving to Dallas! The last five years have brought enormous changes in both my business and my personal life.
Becoming a business owner has made me wiser and resilient. It has also been very humbling (Surprise! Starting a business is tough). I've had many ah-ha moments and several uh-oh moments. I've laughed. I've cried. I've been excited. I've been disappointed. I've been proud and I've been embarrassed.
Of course, all the hard work hasn’t been without reward. Over the past five years, I've had the privilege of working on over thirty projects in Vermont. I’ve had a project published in Boston Home Magazine, and two other projects--A ski chalet in New England Home Magazine and my own house in New Zealand House and Garden--will be published in December. I was also nominated for New England Home’s 5 under 40 awards.
I’m obviously proud of these accomplishments, but they would not have been possible without the help of Kristen Piper and Milissa O’Brien, my colleagues and more importantly, friends. Many of the trials and tribulations of running the business were shared experiences, and I will cherish the time we spent together. I will miss them both, dearly.
Many of you know that my husband and I had our first little boy, Elliot in 2016. Being a mother has given me some perspective on how quickly life moves, and I’ve learned that I have to slow down a bit and enjoy the little moments day-to-day. Balancing the the business and our little one has been a challenge, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Even though I’m elated to be moving back, there are a lot of things I will miss about Vermont. After all, it’s been by home for nearly half a decade! The experience of living in this unique state has helped me grow in countless ways, and I am truly a different person because it. As one would imagine, Texas and Vermont are very different. The lifestyles, food, culture, politics, weather, wardrobes, design, and personalities are all completely different. I will miss the the maple creamies with chocolate sprinkles. I will miss saying creamie because I'll have to say “soft serve” since know one else in the country will know what the hell a creamie is! I'll miss the giant ocean that is called Lake Champlain and taking joyrides on it with my husband in our boat. Shed Beer and going to Boyden Valley winery for the ice wine tastings will be a thing of the past. I'll miss the beautiful summers that go by so fast you actually have to stop doing everything else and enjoy them. I'll miss that first snow and the second and third....but not the 200th (in May!). Most of all, I'll miss the friendships I've made and the wonderful clients I've gotten to know and who have become like family.
I'm not going to lie, I've waited to move back to Texas since we arrived in Vermont. I was taken out of my comfort zone. I was homesick. I missed seeing the cowboy hats on the dashboards. The comfort of a southern accent asking you for directions or offering you a cold beverage. The warmth of the howling Texas wind. The smell right before it rains. HEB. Tex-Mex. The friendliness of strangers and the prickly pear cactus. Sunsets for miles. Home.
Many of you might be wondering what's next for me. Dallas may be temporary. So, this year will be my year of discovery. Since I've lived in Vermont, I've lived a relatively rural, isolated lifestyle. Now, I am eager to experience city life. I want to feel the energy of jam-packed restaurants, and be mesmerized by the city lights. I want to be inspired to build an even more authentic, creative business. I want to seek and find. I will be traveling, exploring, and asking lots of questions (as if I don’t already, my husband pipes in).
Most importantly, we head back to Texas with one more little human being than we left with. I hope little Elliot gets to experience life as full, challenging, and as rewarding as I have so far.
Vermont, it's been a pleasure.