This might surprise you, but the announcement of the next state in the Here A Year adventure is actually a little bittersweet for me.
I have to leave a state I have genuinely fallen in love with.
I will have to say goodbye to friends who have become family.
I can’t move to all the states people wrote “lists of love” about.
I will be closer to other good friends.
My senses will have new experiences by switching environments.
I will be able to tell new stories about life in a new state.
I’m sure most of you can relate when it comes to moving someplace new. There’s a happy (sometimes nervous) energy that surrounds the unknown -- but overall -- I can’t wait for the new state! Adventure awaits!
And the winner is...
There were so many terrific “lists of love” that came my way that I almost changed the journey back to a cross-country trek visiting all the states again. But, after a lot of deliberation, and mental fatigue, I concluded that Nevada will be my next home.
On top of it just feeling right, it also happened to be the state that had the most people asking for me to move there -- here’s a “small” sampling of a just some of their lists:
--“Overall awesome state, friendly laws, and..VEGAS! Trust me, you won't regret it.”
--“Because it is a great place to find love.”
--“The weather may be really hot in the summer but it is a dry heat which makes it very tolerable. The rest of the seasons are just perfect too! Just a great place to live.”
--“Low cost of living.”
--“My entire family will be living there in 2013, along with other cousins and relatives, so I will find out how deep is my love for Nevada is very, very soon.”
--“If you don't move here I'll eat your brains.”
--“Because we are just a little more fabulous than all the other boring states.”
--“Snow-capped mountains, plenty of sunshine, and all-you-can-eat buffets rolled into a one glorious state.”
--“We have more mountain ranges than any other state!”
--“It is an economically sensible place to live.”
--“The Gold Rush!”
--“People who live in Nevada feel a little more fabulous! Most people think of the glitz and glam of Las Vegas when they hear Nevada, but there is so much more to this state than showgirls and strippers and Cirque du --Soleil. Take a chance on "the silver state." You won't be disappointed.”
--“Lights, Dice, & Great friends.. Where else could one person want to be?”
So, in just a few, short weeks. I’ll be packing up the Honda, and driving 2,400+ miles to my new home in the “Silver State”.
Thank you to all who sent in your “list of love” -- I enjoyed reading each one and can’t wait to live in your state sometime soon.