Back in July, I let my lease end and I quit my job without much of a plan. I had a vague notion I was going to move to Mexico City. Then, I traveled a bit, sat with it a bit, and thought NYC was where I needed to be. All of this time, I had planned to move back in with my parents in Austin and save on rent until my soul settled on what was next.
As most who have left their parents' home for a few years may know, there are certain not great feelings that can come with moving home, and may know this is not always the *ideal* situation for everyone. (Given I have a great relationship with my parents.) I needed a space where I could still live the adult life I've crafted for myself in Austin, yet also have the room where I could sift through my thoughts on who the next iteration of myself was going to be, without being surrounded by remnants of the past (i.e., my childhood bedroom).
Many of y'all know the one-and-only Sara Inés Calderón You know her work with women and diversity in tech in Austin, her bomb social media presence, and her overall leadership in realness and being #chingona. Well, this little lady generously gave me a room in her South Austin apartment for the last few months, supporting me with fresh-made frijoles and caldo, late night heart-to-hearts over Takis and tequila shots (for sipping, I promise), and lots of Xena reruns. I am SO, SO grateful to have such a giving and vibrant person in my life who has not only put a roof over my head in my quarter-life crisis, but has inspired me to keep striving only for the best life, and to lift others up along the way.
Tonight we had our last roomie dinner at El Mesón, since I moved into my own studio, and HAD to take a "Christmas Card" picture with the tree. LO AND BEHOLD, amidst attempts in poor lighting with my IPhone, a professional photographer, Aldo, is sitting with his camera right by the tree. He volunteered to snap this pic of us.
It was a Christmas miracle, y'all. Just is it to be blessed with so many loving people in my life. I'm definitely here to pay this generosity forward. I encourage you to do the same.
Happy Holidays, from me and Sara's Insta Christmas Card.