Being new to Memphis, many times in conversation the question “How long have you lived here,” is asked and I typically answer “Only a couple of months.”
My husband was with me a few weeks ago when someone asked me this question and I again replied, “only a couple of months” and my husband quickly nudged me to remind me that we have actually lived here almost a year now. A YEAR. Time has flown. It was at this time just last year that we were packing up our quaint cottage home in Montgomery, Alabama, quitting our jobs and moving everything we knew to come to Memphis.
This week, my husband and I took some time to reflect of this last year of our lives. We decided to go out to celebrate all that has happened in the last year, and more specifically over the last few weeks. For me, we were celebrating my new job with Agape Child & Family Services. Agape is an amazing non-profit here in Memphis and I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve alongside of them. It has been an incredible year with Memphis Teacher Residency and I will be forever grateful for the team of people I got to share life with this year. I have learned so many things that will benefit me tremendously and the experience I’ve had working there is invaluable. This transition is quite bittersweet but I am so excited to see what is in store for me at Agape.
Another super exciting thing we got to celebrate was Joshua completing his final capstone paper for his masters degree through MTR. This is the whole reason we decided to uproot our lives to come to Memphis. He will be graduating in three weeks and I could not be more proud of him. This year has been hard and trying but he has been such a champ. Completing a masters program in a year is a feat nonetheless, but cramp that into a year-long program coupled with your first year of teaching… Proud doesn’t even describe it.
I can remember all of those feelings of nerves and anxiety about moving to a new place like it was yesterday. We were certainly scared of the unknown and had no idea if we would be happy in Memphis. Over dinner at South Main Sushi and Grill, we reflected on all the things we have been able to accomplish and all the fun we have had and it was so surreal. We are starting to make new memories here and hit milestones. Memphis is really starting to feel like home.
Just in case you were wondering if we like South Main Sushi and Grill… we did! I think that South Main District may be one of my favorite parts of town and I love that there is so much to do there. You can walk down the street and grab a cup of coffee from Bluff City or walk across the street and grab some all natural skin care at Naturelle, pop into some art galleries and cool shops. There’s the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturdays, and the National Civil Rights Museum and the Blues Hall of Fame are part of the neighborhood, too.