Hi there, and welcome to my blog…I will try to keep this short and simple!
First things first, I am 25 years old, married and currently living in NYC with my husband, Josh, and my [oh, so cute!] chihuahua pup, Maddie.
I was born and raised in Phenix City, Alabama – a very, very small town. Growing up, I absolutely loved it! Being able to run around and play in the woods, pretty much making our own fun doing extremely random things, really was the best. I wouldn’t have had my childhood any other way! I am the middle child of 3 – I have one older sister and one younger brother – so I was always the “mediator” in the group. We grew up riding fourwheelers & golf carts, rollerblading down our driveway, having “pet” cows and horses, and a little Nintendo here and there! Sounds like the makings of a great childhood to me! I went to the same school from 2nd grade through my senior year, and graduated with about 50 people – told you I’m from a very small town!
(Me, my brother and sister Christmas 1993 – one of my all-time favorite pics of us!)
Fast forward several years to 2005 and I’m going to college at Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!) At this point I was eager to move away from home, but I didn’t make it very far…only about 30 minutes away. All of my friends were going to Auburn too, and I wasn’t quite ready to move too far away from everyone. I was close enough to my family to see them whenever I wanted, but far enough away to enjoy being on my own for the first time in my life. I enjoyed every second of my college years, though they went by far too quickly, and I never quite managed to decide on a career in my 3.5 years there…so there I am, with a degree in Psychology, no job lined up and wondering what the heck I’m going to do with my life! Poor me, huh?
The next few years are a bit of a bore – I ended up at a job doing secretarial-type work (filing papers, writing invoices, etc.), which was so not my thing. I was convinced that I would be stuck doing this for the rest of my life, and about that, I was not happy. Somewhere in those “few years” I finally realized what I really wanted to do with my life. I wanted to find a way to help others, motivate others, be an inspiration to others and change peoples’ lives. I decided I would go back to school and get a degree in the health/nutrition field. So back to Auburn I went to take the basic courses and started applying to graduate schools to become a registered dietitian. This is probably a good time to mention that in the spring of 2010 I was lucky enough to take a trip to Chicago with my sister and Grandma. After that, I was dead set on moving to a big city one day! Naturally, I applied to colleges in big cities – Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Atlanta (the only reason New York City didn’t make the list is because they didn’t offer the program). So, after the grueling process of taking the GRE, letters of recommendation, endless pages of applications, I had applied to quite a few graduate programs and the rest was in God’s hands. I waited for what seemed like forever for acceptance or rejection letters. A “no” here, another “no” there. I was becoming a little discouraged…
This is probably a good time to also mention that at this point in my life I had completely given up on men, and was fully convinced that I would never get married, or if I ever did, it was in my very distant future. Which is why moving away to a big, new city would be a great adventure and the perfect time in my life to do so since I wasn’t tied down to anything at home…or so I thought. Enter my future husband (Josh) who I met in April 2011, two weeks before I found out I was accepted to the University of Pittsburgh (woohoo!! I was actually accepted somewhere). And so begins one of the hardest decisions of my life. He knew from the beginning that I had been accepted and was planning to go there. We continued dating and the relationship became more serious, and the idea of moving to Pittsburgh became a little scarier each day. But I was determined to go to Pittsburgh, no matter what. I had no idea where this relationship was going, and I couldn’t just put all of my life plans on hold for something I didn’t know was going to last forever. He was so supportive during all of this, and completely supported whatever decision I was going to make. He never once pressured me to stay and was willing to try the whole long distance thing, and that said a lot about him. I knew that if it was meant to be, everything would work out. Time was running out and I had to make a decision soon because the semester was starting in August. Do I follow my dreams and move to a big city where I know absolutely no one, leaving everyone I love and care about behind, including this amazing man that had wandered into my life (yes, by this point I was fully aware that I could spend the rest of my life with him and that he was, in fact, amazing)? Or do I take a risk and stay at home, hoping another opportunity like this comes along some day and that everything works out for the better? Let me tell you, TOUGH decision. There were lots of factors that ultimately led me to my decision, and that decision, as you may have guessed, was to stay and I have never ONCE regretted this decision!
I took a gamble, and it paid off. If I remember correctly, I told Josh on Thursday that I wasn’t going to Pittsburgh and that weekend we took a trip to Chicago (Yayyy, another trip to my favorite city!) for what I thought was work-related and came back ENGAGED! Now, if you’re following this timeline correctly, you will realize that we met in April and were engaged by August. I know, I know – I was always the person making fun of people who moved this quickly – but now, I was so so happy to be one of them. Everything was falling into place, and another 8 months later I became Mrs. Josh McCain! It was the happiest day of my life, and I’ll never forget the wonderful memories we made that day with our families and friends! I am blessed beyond words to call this man my husband and so thankful every single day that God brought him into my life when he did. We honeymooned at a Sandals Resort in Antigua and had the time of our lives! Hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!
(8/5/11 – the night we got engaged in Chicago!)
(4/7/12 – We’re Married!)
One of the couples we met on our honeymoon – James & Theresa – were from NY and we kept joking around saying we were going to come visit them over the summer, never really thinking we actually would. Well, we actually did! We went to visit them in July 2012 and, not surprisingly, absolutely loved the city! Once we came home, we were determined to move to NYC some day. We had already spent the last few months trying to figure out what our next step was. It just seemed like something was missing, and we knew we wanted to move somewhere new and make a fresh start with each other. We could only make a drastic move like this while we were still young, and if we really wanted it, we had to make it happen! We began applying for jobs in NYC, and after countless applications and a few interviews for Josh, in October we got the news we’d been hoping to hear – Josh got a job in NYC!! (I got that second chance, after all!) After the celebrations, came panic – we had to be there in TWO WEEKS! We had a house in Alabama, tons of furniture, no apartment in NYC, and no clue what we had gotten ourselves into! After a stressful 3-day trip to New York, we finally found an apartment (that’s a story for another post). But, like we always do, we made it work! 900 + miles and 2 days in a U-Haul with my mom and we were in our new (very small) home. Luckily my mom helped me move everything in while Josh was in California for job training, and somehow we managed to squeeze everything into our apartment thanks to my mom’s killer organizational skills and craftiness! That was a fun week, and it was so nice to spend some quality time with my mom, even if we were eating and sleeping on the floor the majority of the time…
(10/11/12 – Our 16 hour, 990 mile trip from Alabama to NYC!)
I believe this almost brings me to present day, living in NYC! I have nothing but good things to say about our spontaneous move to New York City. We are having the time of our lives here and have experienced so many things I never thought possible. I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity while we are still young and able to do things like this! There is so much to do and see in this city, it’s unbelievable. Luckily, I got an awesome job about a month after we moved here, and I couldn’t be happier. I actually enjoy what I do now, and I never thought I would be able to say that. Moving here has opened up so many doors and given us so many opportunities. Sometimes I still can’t believe that we actually live in NYC, and I miss my family and friends every single day, but this has definitely been one of the best decisions we ever could have made.
(Hanging out on top of the Rockefeller Center our first week here!)
Now, you’re probably wondering what this blog is all about! I have always wanted to start a blog, I just never felt like I had anything worth writing about. That may still be the case, but I finally decided to start one anyway. I would love to one day become a personal trainer or start my own gym, or at least do something health/fitness related. I feel like this city has given me so many more opportunities to do all of the things I want to do, and I can’t wait to tackle those goals! I hope that this blog will become a place to talk about fitness, healthy eating, my experiences in NYC, and just life in general. I hope that one day I can be an inspiration to others and have an impact on peoples’ lives, and I think this is as good a place as any to start. To give you a little bit of insight, I recently started Paleo and have become so much more serious about my fitness routine and want to share that with everyone who visits my blog! I want to share my successes and hardships that come along with trying to keep up with a healthy lifestyle and hopefully benefit others in the process!
So, this was definitely not short and sweet, but hopefully you now know enough about me to continue reading! I can’t wait to finally start blogging and sharing stories! Stay tuned for more…