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January, according to Instagram

January, January, January… feelings of sheer joy and being ALIVE were endless this month: where to begin? Spending New Years in with my mom watching the ball drop amid squealing over One Direction videos? Reconnecting with an old friend in Nashville? Spending time in Texas with family? Experiencing the beauty of the New Mexico desert? MOVING TO COLORADO and exploring a tiny fraction of the splendors it has to offer? Any of those will do, really.

January was magical, and it was exactly what I needed to bring me back to life after months of slowly dying in a cubicle. It confirmed that exploring new places and being on the move is what I need to be doing right now in order to live my life to the fullest — this newly adopted lifestyle of spending time on my own and writing and taking photos and seeing new horizons on a daily basis is what feels right.

So here are a few visuals of what I’ve been up to this month according to pictures I’ve posted on my Instagram.

Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.49.09 PMPacking up the car! Vivian (my car) skillfully managed to transport two humans and a trunk full of only-the-necessary belongings across 9 states this month. She deserves a round of applause.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.49.19 PMRainy Nashville with Allison.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.49.22 PMReuniting with my London twin in Nashville!
Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.49.29 PMSharing a moment with the mighty Mississippi River in Memphis — this was a huge highlight of our road trip across the country. Emotions were felt. Tears were shed.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.49.56 PMClassic west Texas. Seen while driving through the panhandle.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.09 PMDriving through New Mexico gave us all the feels — I’ve never seen a place like it in my life.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.21 PMBeautiful adobes and quirky shops in Santa Fe.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.25 PMYA HAD ME AT HELLO, COLORADO. Home sweet home!Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.31 PMCruising around in my new town near Denver. The mountains are e v e r y w h e r e.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.42 PMDowntown Denver sparkling post-Christmastime.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.48 PMChecking out the trails near Red Rocks in Morrison, CO!
Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.50.51 PMGetting up into the mountains in Boulder. Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.06 PMSettling into my new bedroom meant hanging postcards from friends’ travels and buying myself some new succulents to spruce up the room. Duh.
Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.13 PMAn aimless drive lead me to El Dorado Springs, a few miles south of Boulder. I can’t WAIT to get back to this area and explore it deeper. Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.23 PMWhile the east coast was experiencing a (disappointing) snow storm, Idaho Springs, Colorado baked in the 70 degree temperatures and toasty sunshine. Can’t say I was missing home very much that day… Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.27 PMHas anyone ever been to Georgetown, Colorado? This little town completely took me by surprise with its fresh alpine air, friendly people and delicious pizza at The Alpine Restaurant and Bar.
Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.36 PMThis is about a 5-10 minute drive from my apartment…………… I’ll take it.Screen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.39 PMI spent this month relaxing while cheering for the Dillon Panthers… and falling completely in love with fictional Tim Riggins. I was COMPLETELY hooked on Friday Night Lights! Anyone else? Anyone??? #cleareyesfullheartcantlose #TexasForeverScreen Shot 2015-01-31 at 1.51.42 PMEnded the month with a new friend! — Ginny & I met up for AMAZING Indian food at the Yak and Yeti and a great conversation about travel, love stories and taking chances in life. It was a fantastic night.

What did you do in January? Any exciting plans for the upcoming month?

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10 Comments

  • Reply shmamyhopf

    I read this and I liked this!

    February 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Thanks, girl!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

      February 1, 2015 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    I am so ridiculously happy for you. You’re doing it, girl. YOU. ARE. DOING. IT. And your knack for adventure is helping me feel less anxious about moving to a new city. Hugs hugs hugs.

    February 2, 2015 at 10:09 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Right back at yaaaa!!!

      February 2, 2015 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply The Stray Noodle

    I am obsessed with Friday Night Lights! My longtime-favourite show ever. And Tim Riggins, oh my!

    February 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      I looooooved it so much & am so sad that I finished the series! And YES! Riggins forever!

      February 10, 2015 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    So awesome! I’m so happy that you went for it. Hope everything stays as awesome as now or even more!! Can’t wait to see all the stories that this will bring 🙂

    February 7, 2015 at 8:40 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thanks, Isabel! Lots of great stuff ahead im sure!

      February 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply She won’t make it 6 months | skyward eyes

    […] In January, my best friend and I drove across the country and saw new roads and new cities and new states. I started to settle into my new Coloradan home. […]

    September 14, 2015 at 6:09 am
  • Reply The secret drive home | skyward eyes

    […] I took a semi-similar road trip in January 2015 – where the things that were similar were that I was on the trip, I was driving the same car, and that two of the stops on the trip were the same (Philly and Dallas). Last year when I moved to Colorado, Allison and I drove from Philly to Nashville to Dallas to Santa Fe to Denver. […]

    May 2, 2016 at 9:40 am
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