This is our first summer here as Nashvillians and it just feels like we’ve always meant to be in this place. It’s more than the fact that I have fallen in love with the south and the slow-pace/southern ways, or that the state of Tennessee is unbelievably beautiful. It’s not just this state that feels like home, it’s this city: Nashville.
When Christian and I first moved here, we threw ourselves into work. We wanted to. Up until recently, it was perfectly normal for both of us to be working at least 70-80 hours a 7-day week (oh yeah, workin’ on the weekends is the norm around here.) I’m not saying this is necessarily a healthy thing to be doing for too long- we would both definitely reach a point where we hit the wall, but working our faces off has been something both of us have desired in these past 6 months.
As soon as the weather warmed up though, we felt the shift and knew it was time to get out and feel human again. So last week, Christian and I pretty much threw ourselves into the creative social realm of this city. (We do everything to the extreme, I guess?) After the fourth night in a row of the two of us staying out late to listen to live music and meet new friends, I pointed out that I felt Oooj was totally giving us judgy-looks as we walked through the front door, but those three nights had filled us up in more ways I can count.Living in a music town could be fun for anyone, whether or not you’re in the music biz, but when you are in the biz (or married to someone who is), it makes things a whole lot easier. But Nashville is much more than just a music town; it’s a creative town. Living in a creative town makes you feel supported by others who understand that, yes, a “creative job” is most definitely still a real job, as well as a full-time job. There is breathing room here, ahhh.
My favorite social hang of last week was when Christian surprised me (for our anniversary) with backstage seats at The Grand Ole Opry where we saw/heard musicians such as Chase Bryant, Gloriana (my new fave), Jeremy Camp, and Rascal Flatts. The VIP seats are actually behind the musicians, but literally ON THE STAGE. As the curtains rose for the first act, I leaned over and whispered to Christian, “I feel like I’m about to sing, I’m so nervous!” haha 😉 The announcer of the Opry even announced our anniversary in front of everyone, which was also aired on the radio. (Christian stood up and waved, I remained in the seat with a red face, ha!) It was so very special though and an awesome anniversary memory for sure. And just for the record, afterwards we ate dinner at Cracker Barrel because pancakes are good any time of the day and #crackerbarrelforever.
I’m really grateful for having had that experience, along with all of the other social hangs this past week. Being surrounded by or in the presence of other creatives who share an understanding of what your gift is to you is really important. It fuels your creative spirit, inspires you to keep going – to create more – and it makes you feel as though you belong. And while we’re still attempting to find some balance between being social, working on our craft, and going to bed at a decent hour, today I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to even have the choice.
PS- Did you catch Part Two of EG Skincare on Saturday? I shared some of my favorite skincare products! 😉
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