Lifestyle

Montana Living – 6 Months In

I was looking back through some of my blog posts and I realized it has been about 4 months since I launched my website! A part of me can’t believe it has been that long and the other part of me feels like it has been way longer. Like I have been saying lately, time has just been flying by!

Not only is my website/blog 4 months old, Mark and I have officially been living in Montana for 6 months! Half of a year! WHAT?! How is that even possible?! Didn’t we just find out we were moving?! We have also been homeowners of the most beautiful house for 6 months too! I remember when we first got the news his orders were to Montana. It was the Monday after we spent the weekend road tripping in New England and where he proposed to me! It was also the week of Thanksgiving! Talk about crazy timing!

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Moving to Montana was quite the surprise to us and although it may have been not what we wanted, it was definitely what the universe had in store for us. I believe in the saying “home is where the heart is” and Montana may not be where we want to live forever but there sure is a lot of love for this state and our hearts are definitely full here. With all of that said, today’s blog post is going to be more of a sit-down-and-chat type of post.

Like I said, Montana was not our top choice to live but that is what the universe gave us and we are rolling with it. Mark and I set out on our adventure to Montana on January 1, 2017 and officially arrived in our new home seven days later. It was one of the best road trips I had ever taken, adding to our list of states we got to see and explore together. It was the middle of winter and we sure as hell did not know what to expect because after all, the North West is known for their wicked winters. As we got closer West the sites we got to see were nothing short of amazing, even with the temperatures quickly dropping below zero. Once we arrived in Great Falls, the cute, quite, small town we now call home, I remember thinking “we are most definitely far from home”. Let’s just say Montana, Great Falls to be exact, is a lot different than back East. However, over these last 6 months I have gotten to learn and find out what this small town has to offer.

 

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Montana is such a spiritual place. I truly believe moving here is what guided me to become more self aware and in tune with my highest self. Everyone is so nice and never in a rush, unlike back on the East Coast where everyone is go, go, go. In the beginning it took awhile to adjust to that, I felt like I had to be doing something all the time. And that is difficult here because a small town means less to do and a lot of places close early and don’t even open on the weekends. But once we got use to that we soon got into the groove of our new routine. The winter was not that fun, temperatures below zero most days and snow every other day. Did I mention there are NO snow days here? East Coasters- you haven’t seen winters until you experience one in Montana.

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Once the temperatures started to climb up, the state turned into something I’ve never quite seen before. Things that were once brown and yellow were now lush and green, flowers and trees blooming everywhere. The snow began to melt from the Rockies and the mountains looked even more amazing (if that’s possible). We started to find our way around town and learned what we didn’t like and what we loved, like Electric City Coffee and Fire Artisan Pizza *insert heart eyes emoji here*. I can’t forget some of the amazing people we met here too. Random strangers at the store, or the servers at the restaurants we are now regulars at. The friends we have from work and even our neighbors. For as crappy as it sounded to move to Montana, it has turned into something more than we expected. I think Mark and I both are going to be forever grateful for the next four to five years here.

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It has only been 6 months and all of this has happened so I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year has to offer. And even the years after that (like getting married in Glacier National Park!!!) If you read this far, thank you, but after reading this I hope you take one thing away from this post and that is to never doubt the plan the universe has for you. The things we don’t see as fulfilling are often a blessing in disguise. There is so much more I could say about our time here thus far, but I truly believe one has to experience it to get the full picture ❤

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