Wow! I can’t believe it’s been a full 365 days since I moved to Lexington with all my possessions in a big truck, my pets curled up in the back seat, and a lot of faith that this move was God-inspired and blessed. So much has changed in the past year. Many new friendships, struggles, growth, and a whole lot of prayer have been integral to this experience. While I look forward to all of the years to come here in Lexington, I want to take a moment to reflect on what the journey’s been like so far.

To begin, Lexington wasn’t a HUGE culture shock from Fayetteville, but there were some distinct noticeable differences. These are based on my own observation and experience and probably differ from person to person.

  • Lexingtonians are better drivers. Sorry, Fayettenam friends, but we’ll just blame the influx of Texas drivers like we always do.
  • Despite being smaller, Fayetteville has a better/more organic arts scene.
  • BUT Lexingtonians have a greater chance of success in the “big time”.
  • Despite Fayetteville having a higher percent Caucasian population (83% versus Lex’s 76%), it feels like voices from people of color are more heard in Fay.
  • The sun is just hotter closer to the equator. Lex friends, our 100 degree summer days are not as bad as 90 degree days in the actual South. Even with 93% humidity. They’re just not. I don’t know what to tell you.
  • Despite the Cats being one of the most celebrated teams, probably ever, Hog fans just do it better. I’m definitely biased in this area. Doesn’t mean I’m necessarily wrong.
  • Despite being less “green” than Fayetteville, Lexington is KILLING IT in the parks department, boasting over 100 parks in town

So what were things that these two places have in common?

  • Great outdoor activities! From hiking to camping, to waterfalls and mountains, both places have won my heart with their natural beauty.
  • Awesome artistic community; from murals to floral installations to city wide painted “mascots”, both places know how to dress up their infrastructure
  • Lots of options for churches
  • Service opportunities and ways to be involved in the community
  • Great restaurants! Lex friends, if you haven’t been to County Club, yet, you gotta go!
  • Both are fairly liberal-minded cities in deeply red states

Since moving, there have been a LOT of changes! I’ve discovered new favorite hiking places, started doing professional event planning, been eating better and working out more consistently, and I’ve met an incredible community of people that I’m so happy to know, grow with, and serve!

Being in Lexington has allowed me….

…more time with my niece

….to see NEEDTOBREATHE in concert!

…to put together amazing events

…find new favorite hang out spots

…to connect with friends and nature

…the perfect last six months with my best bud

…sun-filled Saturdays

…to attend the Derby!

….to throw several surprise birthday parties (cause birthdays are my favorite)

…to be closer to my siblings

…friends to “hang” out with

….to start a Christian Entrepreneur Network

….an amazing group of women in my Bible Study

…opportunities to serve alongside others

I cannot begin to describe how faithful God has been. I had so many prayers when I decided to move, and I’m glad in hindsight to have written the big ones down. Every person I have met has revealed something about God’s character to me, whether it be compassion, unconditional acceptance, or a wonderful sense of humor, I see God working in those around me and through them to make beautiful things happen.

I absolutely wouldn’t trade this last year for anything and I am so grateful I took the leap of faith I did. I moved to Lexington having only met my roommate once and not really knowing anyone else in town. But as I continue to plant roots here and watch God using me to serve this community, I can’t help but smile and feel like I’m finally home.

 

Be blessed ✌️

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