Ok so it has been almost one whole year since I moved to a small town that I now like to call home. If you have read my past blog posts, I come from a big city. There are stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and all sorts of things to do. I also lived close to the water and we had amusement parks on the water and just a lot to see and do. When I first started thinking about moving and what that meant for me, my first thought was how am I going to live without a Target. Yes, I know I can be a bit overdramatic. But seriously… what was I going to do? I started to think about all the things I would miss and all the city life that I would miss and I started to realize my life would be nothing without these things.
So… fast forward to last July when my then fiancé (now hubby) and I made the long trip from Texas to Montana. I know, they both sound country, but let me tell you I did not grow up in a one-horse town in Texas. I was from a big city. The town we were moving to was the farthest thing I have seen from my big city. My hubby and I drove around the day after we arrived. He had been up there before, however, this was all news to me. We have 2 grocery stores and a JC Penny that is still called Penny’s (without a Sephora) I might add. I mean come on no Sephora, what were these people thinking! The town was very small and our major highway was a one lane road. Suffice it to say I was a little nervous and a lot skeptical. It was summer time, so I had some time to acclimate before I started teaching in my tiny town that was now called home. I drove around, learned where places are, and thank goodness for my sister-in-law she took me under her wing and introduced me to her friends and invited me places. I started to enjoy my tiny town, but I still missed my big city.
I started teaching that August and I taught 3rd grade. I am the only 3rd grade teacher and I have a total of about 13 students. Now for any of you teacher readers out there I know… AWESOME! I really enjoyed teaching at this school, and we had plenty of resources… so I really can’t say anything bad about teaching in my tiny town! (Uh oh I think I might like it here! Shh don’t tell my hubby!)
However, as much as I was getting accustomed to living, and working in my tiny town I missed my big city and everything I could do there. Nothing was as cool as my big city! So, every time we visit home, I have to do all the things I don’t get to in Montana. Now, because I am a teacher and I get my summer’s to do what I want I decided I was going home and I was going to spend the summer with my family and doing all of the things that I never get to do anymore.
Now, while I miss my family and friends…. I do not miss my big city anymore!
Yes you just read that right. The girl that wants to move home, and hates her tiny town does not miss her big city anymore.
I never noticed how overwhelming and unfulfilling my big city was. I started to like the slow pace, or ordering online and not having to deal with the huge crowds of people that come out of nowhere! I really do enjoy my tiny town. My hubby and I go to a local produce man down the street where we get all of our vegetables for an unbelievably amazing price, we enjoy time with our fur child, Ginger, the air is cleaner, we hardly eat out (at first because there are like 2 restaurants, now because we enjoy our home cooked food so much more!) Also… there is NO TRAFFIC!! I knew we had traffic in my big city, but you get used to it. Now I only drive 7 minutes to work and I hardly ever have to wait because of traffic! All of the teachers and parents and students get along and truly know each other as people and not just student’s parents or my child’s teacher. It’s a much slower lifestyle and I have really started to like it up there.
People are amazed when I say I actually like it, because it’s not my big city! But, it is my tiny town and I really love it and the people that are in it. Being back home is great because of my family and friends, but I’m already thinking about my student’s I will have next year and the teachers I get to catch up with!
So my choice on City Life and Country Life would have to be my tiny town all the way!
Live Your Journey,