A New Take on Nashville

At this time last year, I wrote my most popular post ever about the year of failure that ultimately led to me accepting an offer to stay and work in Nashville. One year later, the plan is still to stay here for awhile.

I’ll be the first to acknowledge that my tendency to always plan ahead has its pros and cons. It has served me well in some cases, but one of the biggest downsides of being 100% future-focused all the time is that you forget to live in the present.

Over the past year, I’ve backed off the future planning for a bit. For the first time in a long time, I see myself in my current role at my current company living in my current city for more than just the next year.


Learning to Love Nashville

I’ve never had anything against Nashville necessarily. It just happens to be the city I’ve lived near my entire life, and the city I’ve lived in since 2008. It tends to get caught in the crossfire when I start feeling restless about the fact that I want to live somewhere new.

However, in a lot of ways, I am living somewhere new.

No matter who you are, you’ve probably heard something about Nashville in the past few years. My sleepy Southern hometown is no longer sleepy: we have the hottest real estate market in America and 70+ people moving here every day. Whole areas of town look completely different than they did 10 years ago, and even as a local, it is hard to keep up with all the new restaurants, bars and other developments around town.

All this crazy growth (and the corresponding increase in tourism) has made living in Nashville a lot different than it used to be. Granted, our dating scene still sucks. But we have restaurants in this town that can rival any other city I’ve visited in the world (and you guys know how important food is to me, so that is big news).

With growth comes growing pains, and both my city and myself are experiencing those currently. Nashville is trying to figure out how to accommodate 70 new people on the roads every day, and I’m trying to figure out how to approach my hometown like an actual home for awhile (instead of just the town I’m planning to escape as soon as possible).

(This should be fun.)

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