Happy New Year! I couldn’t be more excited to be writing a new blog post in a brand new year! I’ve always loved the start to a new year. For me, it’s a time to write down my goals and dreams and most importantly, find ways to make it all happen. That’s why this year in particular is feeling extra special to me! 2016 brought some big changes towards the end of the year and today I’m so happy to share with y’all my biggest change…I moved to New Jersey! That’s right! This California native is uprooting for an adventure on the other coast and I know I have a lot of fun experiences in store for me!
My love did play a big role with this decision, but I couldn’t be more excited for this adventure together and with Beyond the Barn. Finally getting to experience the four seasons has been pretty incredible so far. I’m used to the sunshine almost year round, which means that this past fall season was my first fall! Like… real fall, where the air was wonderfully crisp and the leaves created the most magnificent colors. If you’re from California, you know what I mean! Now the snow has arrived and it is pure magic. Watching the snow fall is such a peaceful thing and it’s something I rarely experienced in California so I know I won’t be taking it for granted!
Anyways, let me back up and tell you a little bit about this cross-country move! This plan all fell into place pretty quickly back in September and by October 7th I had a trailer loaded. Yes, it was quick, but opportunity was calling our name on the other coast, and we were up for the adventure! As soon as the last of our things was loaded onto the trailer, I was headed out to drive across the country with my Mother.
Road trips have always been a favorite of mine. Don’t you love getting to see different slices of life along the way? Having my Mama join me for the ride made leaving a bit easier and I’m so happy we made some fun memories along the way. We set out taking the southern route so we could stop and see some friends and sites along the way. Then, we headed up towards Ohio to visit with family and pick up my Nana. On day 5 we arrived to Nana’s and we were able to relax for a couple days. About a week later on October 16th we loaded up (Nana included) and set out for New Jersey! Let me tell you, having 3 generations in one car for 10 hours is pretty entertaining and I am so grateful for it all— the good, the bad, and the cranky all included!
When we arrived to my new home that evening I was over the moon excited! But to wake up that next morning and see the lake and all the fall colors, it was all a bit surreal for me. Fast forward to today and I’ve been here for almost 3 months now and each day I find more beauty about this place. 2017…I can feel that you are going to be a fun and prosperous year!
Most of all I am so excited to bring Beyond the Barn Rentals to Northern Jersey! A big goal for me this year is to grow my little company into something much bigger. I hope to see my pretty tables and other rentals in all types of gorgeous events. Even more importantly, I hope to create long lasting friendships through this journey and through future collaborations! If you missed my last post featuring my Indiana Farm Table, you can check it out here! What are your goals for the new year? Any exciting adventures coming up? Leave a comment below!