When people hear that I’m moving to Henderson, Nevada in July, a variety of reactions are usually seen. There’s excitement, skepticism, concern, judgment, jealousy, happiness, and a lot of questions. I’m sure many of you are wondering what in the world this girl is thinking, so I’ll tell ya.
Here’s the answers to the most frequently asked questions I get:
1. How close is it to Las Vegas?
Henderson is approximately 15.2 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. While this drive is quick and doesn’t require much preparation, we do not plan on being in Las Vegas every day (unless our jobs are there). However the closeness and convenience will definitely influence many of our future adventures.
Henderson is its own city and it is big! I don’t know the exact statistics or population but I do know that it’s a hell of a lot bigger than any place I’ve ever lived. I remember visiting in December and thinking to myself “wow, there’s just so many places here.”
2. Do you have a job lined up?
Not yet. It’s early. Unlike most people, I’m not moving with the security of a job already lined up. I’m moving blind and uncertain and I couldn’t be more excited about that part of it. I have wasted so much of my time worrying and stressing out about things that aren’t always in my control and I’m done doing that. I’m trusting in the plan and I know that I’ll find the job for me when the time comes. For now, my main focus is graduating in May and the rest will come.
Trust me when I say there will be a HUGE announcement when I do find out what I’ll be doing for work.
But until then, I’ll be patient and I’ll trust that whatever is meant to happen, will.
3. What are you going to do?
One of the best questions I get asked. What am I going to do? Well I could give you the generic and “expected” answer:
Oh, I’m going for work. I have an amazing job lined up and I feel like this is a great move for me professionally.
OR I could give you the honest answer:
I’m going to live life. I’m going to climb mountains and sweat my ass off in the middle of the desert. I’m going to explore and try new things. I’m going to eat insane amounts of delicious food at places I’ve never heard of. I’m going to shop and spend money on silly shirts that say ” I ❤️ Las Vegas.” I’m going to take my dogs on hikes and to the park every week. I’m going to meet new and interesting people from all over the world. I’m going to laugh and love and live and learn. I’m going to be free.
Ah, the most frequently asked question of all. This one is my favorite because there’s so many reasons I could give as to why I would possibly think moving across the country is a good idea. Am I really obliged to tell anyone and everyone why I made such a big decision? No. Will I tell you why I think it’s a good idea for me to move across the country? Yes.
Because for once in my whole life I have decided it’s time to start making myself happy. Because a year ago this girl would have been too scared to even move across the state line. Because a year ago I didn’t know who I was anymore and today I feel more like myself than I ever have.
Life has a weird way of opening your eyes to the things around you when you least expect it. I lost myself in a relationship and it had nothing to do with the other person and everything to do with me. I was so focused on things that didn’t even matter at the time and I allowed myself to slip into these patterns of self- destruction.
One day I woke up and decided I was done praying for something to change. On this day I decided I was going to have to make the changes myself. And I did.
I’m 22 years old and I will never be this young again. I may never have another chance to move across the country again. So if you’re wondering why the answer is simple…
I want to see the world and this is a great place to start. I want to explore and learn. I want to appreciate the earth’s natural beauty. I want to stand on top of a mountain and be humbled by the realization that my problems are so small in the grand scheme of things. I want to laugh, love, and live freely.
Check out this link for some fun facts about Henderson! http://www.movoto.com/guide/henderson-nv/moving-to-henderson/