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.
Packing 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.Rainy Nashville with Allison.Reuniting with my London twin in Nashville!
Sharing 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.Classic west Texas. Seen while driving through the panhandle.Driving through New Mexico gave us all the feels — I’ve never seen a place like it in my life.Beautiful adobes and quirky shops in Santa Fe.YA HAD ME AT HELLO, COLORADO. Home sweet home!Cruising around in my new town near Denver. The mountains are e v e r y w h e r e.Downtown Denver sparkling post-Christmastime.Checking out the trails near Red Rocks in Morrison, CO!
Getting up into the mountains in Boulder. Settling into my new bedroom meant hanging postcards from friends’ travels and buying myself some new succulents to spruce up the room. Duh.
An 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. While 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… Has 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.
This is about a 5-10 minute drive from my apartment…………… I’ll take it.I 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 #TexasForeverEnded 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?