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Thursday, July 26, 2012

{Guest Post} I've Left My Heart in Many Places

This week, I am very excited to bring you a collection of posts from some of my favorite online friends, while C & I are currently in transit. I am extremely grateful for their help & love what they've put together.

Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Valorie, from Simply, Valorie. Valorie & I met working at a music festival in Bryan-College Station a few years back, and became Twitter friends, then blogger friends & eventually real life friends. She even took our lovely Christmas pictures this past year -- before graduating from Texas A&M University and moving to Washington, DC. She's a great writer, snarky & is currently on one of her greatest adventures (and I love to read along from the comfort of my computer!)

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When I first left Texas for DC on January 19th, I didn't think I would miss it - not really, at least. I knew I'd miss my friends and family, but not Texas itself. Then in May I went home for a visit -- college had let out so all my friends from high school were home, the bluebonnets were in full bloom, and Texas was at it's prettiest - the spring storms were over but the summer drought hadn't quite set in yet.

I discovered how overwhelmingly homesick I was. I always knew I was a Texas Girl, but I hadn't realized that when my plane had taken off in January, I had left my heart behind. I immediately started making plans to leave DC and move back to Texas.

Of course, as soon as I started making plans to leave DC, I realized that there are things I'll miss here too. I'll miss all the reading I get done on the bus, and the fact that there's better coffeehouses here. If I leave, I'll have friends here to miss, just like I have friends back in Texas that I miss. I will always, always be a Texan, but now part of my heart is stuck in DC.

I quickly realized it wasn't just Texas and DC - I left parts of my heart in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong when I studied abroad there last summer. I've left a piece of my heart in London after accompanying my mom there on a dozen business trips when I was a kid. I left an even bigger chunk of my heart in Paris, a part big enough that the idea of never going back sends me straight into tears. My heart belongs to California and Arkansas too, the two places where my family is, and to Oklahoma, where I was born.

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You can find Valorie over at Simply Valorie
Be sure to go by & tell her hi from Amy ♥

1 comment:

  1. Glad I am not the only one leaving bits and pieces of my heart in different areas!

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