I can’t believe that I’ve lived in Nashville for a year already! Part of me feels like I moved here yesterday, and the other part of me can’t remember living anywhere else. I thought it might be fun to recap some of my favorite things I have done in Music City in the last year!
At the top of my list, of course, is music. The scene in Nashville has been one of the coolest things to get to be a part of, whether it was seeing intimate secret shows (like Noah Gundersen and Matthew Perryman Jones) or shows at the Ryman (like Of Monsters and Men, George Ezra and Ben Rector). I took in country shows (like Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney) and Live on the Green shows (like Colony House, Cold War Kids, Elle King and Ben Folds).
There were tons more: The Shadowboxers at the Bluebird Cafe, Kaleo at Marathon Music Works, Ryan Bingham at Exit/In, Kodaline at 3rd and Lindsley…if I tried to name them all here, it would be absurd. I’m not saying all of this to brag—after all, I paid good money for at least half of those shows! But compared to Pensacola or Gainesville, FL…the number of artists whose tour schedules include my home base is off the charts, and for that, I’m thankful.
Another one of my favorite things about Nashville has been the proximity to other cities! I’ve loved being able to drive to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, and of course Florida. Travel is one of my favorite things on the planet, so the opportunity to explore nearby cities has been a great one. (I am shocked to report that I think my favorite nearby city is Cincinnati! I never imagined myself liking that place, but it was top-notch.)
Getting to explore the areas immediately in and around Nashville has been incredible, too. I’ve trespassed and explored the world’s biggest abandoned treehouse, hiked to numerous waterfalls like Rock Island, Burgess Falls, Cummins Falls and Fall Creek Falls, gotten in touch with nature at Lake Radnor and Narrows of the Harpeth, and more. Anyone who knows me knows I’m an adventure lover so I’m excited to keep finding new, beautiful places in my city.
Another one of the best parts about living in Nashville has been the number of friends who have come to visit! I pride myself on being an excellent tour guide—on finding the perfect blend between outdoor adventures, classic Nashville must do’s, shopping, amazing food and of course, going out. It’s always a blast to have an excuse to hit up the honky tonks or eat a few scoops of Jeni’s ice cream!
I can’t write about my year in Nashville and not include a note about the snow, because it was one of my very favorite things! Growing up in Florida, I never got the chance to wake up, look outside, and see a winter wonderland. I’d seen snow a couple times through the years on vacations, but I was beyond thrilled to finally get to live in a place where it snows! The best part is that it’s just a few times a year, so it’s super manageable, but I still get all the wintery fun. I am ready for more snow this winter!
Last but most certainly not least, I’ve been so thankful to make such a quality group of girlfriends here in Nashville. I could count on one hand the number of acquaintances I knew in this city when I moved here, and it has been fantastic to be able to find such quality, beautiful, hilarious friends to call mine! We recently got back from a beach trip down to Ft. Lauderdale (in fact, we left for that trip on my one-year job anniversary) and it really blew my mind to think that I didn’t even know any of these people a year ago!
That sentiment reminds me of a quote that has always encouraged me: “It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.” I have this on my desk at work, and hold it super close to my heart. Although the last year has had definite highs and lows, I look back on it as a whole fondly and with so much gratitude.
I have no idea how long I’ll live in Nashville, or where I’ll go next, but I know one thing for sure: I love Music City!