Goodbye, Pensacola!

Yesterday was my last day living in Pensacola. I can't say I will miss it! I've been here for about 8 years and I'm ready for a change of scenery. I came out here (my hometown, fort walton beach, is an hour away) to get my undergraduate degree at UWF, which turned into my graduate degree at UWF, which turned into my academic advising/adjunct jobs at UWF and PSC. So, my thoughts of "I just have to finish my degrees" turned into a 'when am I ever going to escape?'

Don't get me wrong there are a lot of things I loved about Pensacola, but I felt like I capped out at my potential here. It's not a huge city, just recently has the downtown area become 'thriving', and there is a total lack of jobs for professionals.

To say farewell I went on an 8 mile loop that covered all of my favorite running stops.

Mile 1; the palafox pier. I loved living so close to the downtown area! 2014-11-26 07.11.25

Mile 2; the rich-folk Aragon neighborhood.2014-11-26 07.24.30

Mile 3; the train tracks leading up to East Hill (my old neighborhood which, in my opinion, is the best place to live in Pensacola.)2014-11-26 07.34.25

Mile 4; one of my favorite water stops at a park in East Hill. 2014-11-26 07.49.22

Mile 5; Bayview Park2014-11-26 08.05.07

Mile 6; the old Sacred Heart Hospital. I used to live across the street! It's full of restaurants and business now. Ozone's (on the side of the building) has the best pizza in town. 2014-11-26 08.23.26

Mile 7; this random dive hipster house. You can't really see it in the photo but it's covered in stickers and flyers. I don't know why but it always makes me smile when I run by it!2014-11-26 08.34.54

Mile 8; home.2014-11-26 08.54.11A lot of friends keep asking me if I'm nervous about the move, or how I'm handling it. I've had a blast throwing away/donating bags of stuff all week and I'm so, so, so ready to do something else with my life. I LOVE teaching and I hope to always continue doing it, but teaching 4-6 classes a term for a few years now has me totally burned out. I want to write, I want to learn, and I want to step outside and not know that it's .4 miles to the nearest busy road or .8 to a water fountain. I want the unknown again.

Here's to new adventures!

When's the last time you moved to a new town? 

Do you like to live in one city for long, or do you like to hop around (which is my dream!)?