Life Lately: February Edition

You guys, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve done a “life update” style post! So much has changed in the past few weeks, and I thought now would be the perfect time to update you all on my life. As most of you know, this has been a very eventful year for our family already. When our lease renewal came in the mail, we knew we were ready to move back home to Maine. As much as we loved Dallas, there really is no place like home. Back in January we made all of the arrangements, and moved cross country, back to the East Coast. It’s crazy to me that we’ve almost been back in Maine for (almost) a month now, it feels like we just got here. Now that we’ve been back, I felt it was the perfect time to share how I’m adjusting to life back in Maine, and what’s going on in my life.


We drove cross country, once again…

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you knew I had invited my blogger bestie, Summer, with me on our cross country road trip. And I am forever grateful that she came and helped us with our big move. Summer had been wanting to visit Dallas for quite some time, so I thought, why not combine the two trips? A visit to Dallas, and a road trip! I can’t even express how amazing her coming out to help out was, and just how much fun it was to simply get to know one another better. The entire road trip, we just talked and told stories, and it was so amazing to simply bond and connect. We were in awe of how similar our lives, and family dynamic was, and for that… I am so so grateful, I can’t even express how good it feels to have a friend who just gets me. The road trip went smoothly but I’m definitely a little bummed we couldn’t explore Nashville a bit more, but regardless, we made good timing! Even after a few days of being home in Maine, I felt exhausted beyond belief… and that’s something I’ve never experienced before. Driving, and moving takes a HUGE toll on the body, and it hit me hard. It took me until now to finally feel back in “the groove” of things. If you want to read more about our road trip and how to survive a move in the wintertime, click here. 


We moved back home to Maine…

This Northern Native is finally back in her element, you guys. It feels so so good to be back in the North, I can’t even begin to express how happy Dustin and I are. I’m not knocking Texas, but the South just isn’t the place for me. I truly loved my time spent in Dallas, and will always be so grateful for the time we lived there. Though, I am already missing the food, and my “spots” in the city. I feel like I grew up so much in the past few years living in a brand new place, and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. Now that we’re back home in Maine, we’ve been doing so much soul searching, exploring, and just reacclimating to Maine weather. Since being back, we have already been hiking, and took a few trips to New Hampshire as well. It feels so good to be near our friends and family again, and be able to reconnect with those around us.


We’re saving to buy our first home…

We have the “itch” you guys. Long before we moved home, we already knew it was time to start saving for our first home. While I’ve been so on the fence about where we want to plant our roots ultimately, we have decided to stay in Maine for the next several years. Right now, we are saving for a down payment to buy our first home, and we’re so exited. I’m definitely feeling a little impatient about the whole process… I want to buy our first home like yesterday… but doesn’t everyone feel that way? With saving for a house, we’ve ran into so many questions..some I just don’t have the answers to yet. We’ve been asked “how many bedrooms?” and just that simple question, made me really question the next few years of my life. I can say with complete transparency here.. I have no idea what will be in the cards for us in the next few years, but I am concentrating on two things: the present, and planning for our future.


How I’m feeling….

I’m definitely feeling a mix of emotions from this huge life change. Apart of me misses Dallas, and being in the sunshine constantly. I loved living in a place where I didn’t know a soul, and was able to see and experience new things. And another part of me has missed living in Maine, and being able to run into my friends, and being able to strike up a conversation with an old pal in the grocery store. I can say with complete certainty I am happy to be “home” in Maine, surrounded by our loved ones. Now that we’re living out of the city, my sleep schedule has done a full 180 and I can sleep through the night now. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but living back in Maine has been feeling pretty bittersweet. Overall, I’ve adapted healthier habits as a result and I feel confident that I will carry them into my life here in Maine. I have also been going to bed much earlier, and starting my day by 7am lately, and I feel amazing! Now that we’re back into our normal routines, and going to the gym regularly, I feel better and happier as a result.


Before we moved, I was fearful that moving back to the East Coast would leave me in a “funk” and I would fall back into a depression I once had when we previously lived here. Over the years, I have realized it’s crucial to weed out toxic people from your life, even if that person is a family member. Thankfully, in our time spent in Texas, I’ve worked hard to get into a good headspace mentally, and I feel happier than ever. As I said previously, being back in New England has definitely been bittersweet, but I’m feeling good about our move. I’m so excited to see what this new year and move will bring into our lives, and I promise to keep you all updated!


What’s going on in your life lately? What have you been up to? Share with me in the comments below!



Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

Hey friend–I’m Laura, the Writer behind This Northern Native

A lifestyle + wellness blog, This Northern Native is a place to come for major realness. I deliver raw, honest content created for those who value becoming the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves possible, and share a love for New England living.