As I sit here on my plane ride back to Ohio, I decided to blog about who I really am and where I came from.
I am a small-town Ohio girl born and raised, I grew up in the way out Rural area of “Ottawa” County. So far out there you could have mistaken us for farmers. We lived out on a road where maybe thirty houses reside all in all. The road was like a mile long and led you right down to the Portage River dumping itself into Lake Erie. I grew up in this small town where things were few and far between from that location. Our small town of 8,000 people had some history to it but nothing out of the little town ordinary things. Banks, Post office, small non – chain restaurants, marinas since were on the water and a little grocery stores. Are biggest chains in this town was a Walmart and Kroger (yes -we were fortunate to have both) in a ten-stop light town.
Port Clinton, was the town I was raised up in. Quiet calm place where only seasonal travelers will go. We live in a city that only flourishes in the Spring/Summer months because of the Lake activities, everything is better when its warmer there. As everyone is told “Ohio is such a bore” however I would like to think that each place has it’s qualities. In the summer months we were able to go boating, lay on the beaches, cruise around the Lake, take a trip to the Bay, or even spend our wild sides at Cedar Point – because realistically it was like our backyard.
Growing up in a small town had its advantages and disadvantages. Things were easy to do and get to. You went to one place where you knew everyone in the whole town would be (Kroger or Walmart). My Graduating High School class of 2013 had 149 ish students (if they all walked). Meeting friends for the day was easier once you decided what you wanted to do. Summer jobs flourished only because everything was seasonal there. Fishing was a huge thing to do and getting into nature. We were always outside of something major to do like 25 minutes away from your typical chain stores and restaurants. 45 minutes to an hour away from one of the better malls to shop at and spend the day away.
We always tend to take for granted as we got older that all we wanted to do was move out of that town and get away. After graduation and moving on to College that is was most of us PCHS graduates did – while many of them stayed around in Ohio, others of us moved out of state – to start a fresh new canvas. I personally went out of state to a College to get my BA in Michigan, where the town was still small but still had plenty enough to do – after being somewhat spoiled of what the town had to offer such as food across the street from your apartment, gas stations around the corner, school a mile away and the mall was only an eight minute drive – I thought things couldn’t get better but then they did but rougher.
After graduation from Northwood University – Midland, MI. I began my newest journey to one of the biggest cities in America. A place that had flourished over the years and only will continue to flourish as it becomes more popular to many more tech agencies and business leaders. I packed up my college apartment moved home for a week and then said goodbye to little Ohio, and Hello to the Journey down South. I was moving to Austin, Texas a place where the population probably quadrupled the count of my small town and my college town put together. A town where EVERYTHING is brand new, upcoming, and always thriving. Things are ever changing, and more people are wanting in. A place that is becoming a newest Silicon Valley, CA. A place where I am super out of place with what it is happening in this world. A place full of music and pop culture trends, creativity, and a lot of diversity. A place I never thought I would end up one day.
But, here I am. Living in the heart of the one of the largest cities and biggest places Texas has to offer. Go from small town to big city girl in a year and there are things that will change your perspective if you have always wanted to live in the city!
I will continue to blog about Austin since this is my new home, so stay tuned for more.
If you want to see some of my Austin Favorites… please direct yourself to my other blog post “Thing’s to LOVE about Austin”.