Happy Friday! Today we have a featured post from our very 1st Texas southerndoe™ Taylor. And since everything is, "bigger in Texas," we have decided to do our very first blog Giveaway! Read below to find out how you can become a southerndoe™ too!

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m Taylor and I am currently planted in Texas! After living up North for most of my life, I decided to follow my boyfriend to Florida for a job opportunity and then to Dallas! I’m a do it yourselfer who started blogging after my first big move to Tampa, FL. Blogging gave me an outlet.  It was a way to share the fun projects I was crafting and it provided me a way to connect to others.  Moving to a new city is scary.  And a few weeks after we moved to Tampa, my boyfriend had to leave me to travel for work.  He was gone for two months.  Needless to say, I was lonely.  It may sound silly, but crafting was there for me and sharing it through blogging made it even better. Now we have moved to Dallas, Texas!

What do you love about Texas so far?
I like the weather.  Right now it is cold, but not too cold.  I like that there are so many new places to explore. Everything is bigger in Texas! I love how friendly everyone is... people are always willing to help you. Franklin Barbecue in Austin has the best brisket in all of Texas! We waited three hours for it in the freezing cold and it was worth it. Truck Yard in Dallas is an awesome place to get a beer because they have a tree fort and they have gin and juice on tap! The JFK memorial is beautiful. If you're visiting the area you have to go to Fort Worth Stockyards. It is a super Texas town where there is a Rodeo on the weekends.  People wear cowboy boots and hats when they walk around the town, it was a total culture shock for this northern girl but I'm starting to like it!

What was your favorite part of moving?
The friends I made.  I never felt like I had good friends who I could depend on.  And I'm not sure if that's because of me or them.  When I moved to Florida I didn't surround myself with superficial girls.  When Dillon left for work almost immediately, leaving me alone with nobody in Florida, it was a good time to figure out ME.  It was hard and I cried a lot but I realized that I didn't want to go back to what I had before.  A life filled with clothes and spending money.  I wanted to focus on me and Dillon and making a good life.  Being the person who I wanted to be. 

Were you nervous leaving the North and following your boyfriend to the South for a job?
We aren’t married. We aren’t engaged, and I don’t expect us to be for a long time.  And yet I decided to pick up my life after college and move from Philadelphia to Tampa with him.   A year later I took the risk of losing my job in Tampa to follow him to Dallas. Doing all this without a ring on my finger probably sounds insane. But what would you do if the love of your life had to move for work? Making the decision to move wasn’t a decision at all.  I was going. That was the end of it.  I knew that if we were apart for weeks at a time, we wouldn’t last.  We do almost everything together, and to cut that off would ruin what we had. And one year later, I am beyond happy with my decision.

What advice do you have for girls moving for work, love, or just to try a new place?
If you’re faced with this decision I have one tip for you, be honest with yourself.  You need to imagine yourself in three years.  Where are you?  OR Who are you with?  For some people, staying where your friends and family are, staying where your job is, those are the things that are most important.  For others, like myself, I didn’t care where I was or what job I had. If we needed to move, I’d make new friends and get a new job, and we would be together.   That was what held importance to me.  I don’t think either option is a better option, but as I said. Be honest with yourself and who you are, you’ll know in your heart what you should do.  And if you’re still unsure, pray.  Just ask God to help you make the right decision; don’t ask for one or another.  God will help guide you in the direction you’re supposed to go.  If you do decide to take the plunge and move across country to a completely new place, a place where you don’t have any family or friends, don’t be scared.  You’ll make friends, you’ll go new places, and you’ll have amazing experiences.  When I moved to Tampa I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.  Take the time to make your house or apartment a home.  Even if you’re on a lease, you want to be in a place where you can relax after a long day at work.  Somewhere you can invite your new friends for drinks on a Friday night.  And once you have a cozy home, go out.  Unfortunately new friends don’t just knock on your door. Ask a coworker to grab coffee during a break or go out for drinks with your significant other.  It’s not easy to make friends.  But you will.  It just takes time. You’ll be amazed at how strong and brave you can be when you move across country or just across town.  I know you can do it, because I did. 


How has your faith helped you through all of your moving?
Moving away from family and friends to a far away place is hard.  When the only person you know is gone for weeks at a time for work its even harder.  But when I lie in bed at night and say my prayers I ask God to stay by my side during these hard times.  Its been a big comfort to me knowing that I'll always have at least one friend and confidant where ever and when ever we have to move.  God has been with me through these past two years of moving across country more than any other time in my life.

What does southerndoe™ mean to you? I am a girl from the North but still completely relate to Southerndoe.  Southerndoe isn't just about sweet tea and southern cooking.  Southerndoe is about bringing women together and encouraging them to be strong.  Southerndoe is helping me become the best Taylor I can be.Where can readers see more?

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