A Leap of Faith – My New Home

Welcome to The Burg! My home. A new beginning.

I arrived in St. Petersburg, FL a month ago. When I arrived, I unpacked my personal things and gave myself a couple of days to settle in over the weekend. On Monday morning I hit the pavement in search of a job. I made an effort each day to apply for something, anything, to get me started. What I learned is that looking for a job is a job in itself! I had incredible help from my Mom and Uncle, and amazing tips from one of the top career coaches in the Tampa Bay area, who I just happen to be renting from. I am so fortunate to have had their support in this transition. Within just 3 weeks, I landed a job working the back office at a Chiropractic clinic, and I couldn’t be happier.

It feels official now. I live here. I can start living here.

This has been such an unbelievable journey. It was not easy for me to take this leap of faith. Trusting in the unknown is not easy for anyone. I had no idea that when I got here if I would find a job, but I kept my hope in the fact that God opened many doors to get me here and that He would provide.

Even now, there are still so many unknowns out there in front of me: a permanent place to live, finances, etc. It’s difficult not to worry about these things when venturing out to a new place on your own, but God has provided me with everything I need. He has also blessed me some wonderful people here who have been such a great support system. It gives me peace. I will continue to trust and focus on His promises.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:25-34

I’m so grateful, guys. I’m just so, so grateful for this entire experience. Thank you for joining me on this journey south to my new home!

xx Tammy

A Leap of Faith – Savannah

Hey y’all! The next stop on my journey south was the beautiful city of Savannah, GA. I arrived around 1:30 PM after driving 7 long hours to my Airbnb in the Historic Victorian District. Holy gorgeous! The pictures online were amazing, but to see it in person, to walk through and scope out all the details of the house, was stunning. The owner, Rabo, has done such a beautiful job at keeping the integrity of the house. Even though I only stayed for one night, I HIGHLY recommend this place.

After a quick shower, I was out the door to explore. I walked around Rousakis Riverfront Plaza, browsed through stores, then sat outside at Rocks on the Roof at The Bohemian Hotel and sipped on their Honeycomb Collins while watching the boats go by.

It was one of those nights where I was THE most indecisive about food. After going back and forth in my head a dozen times, I chose to leave the riverfront and grab a healthy bite at Green Truck Neighborhood Pub. The owners maintain a casual, comfortable restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and make everything in-house, including the ketchup! I ordered a wine (of course) and the El Camino salad with chicken. These guys do not mess around with portion sizes! The salad was loaded with greens, corn and black bean salsa, tortilla points, avocado, sour cream, cheddar, cilantro, TWO grilled chicken breasts, and southwestern vinaigrette. I was pretty excited knowing I no longer had to worry about lunch on the road the next day. For the price, the atmosphere, and the fresh, handmade ingredients, I suggest checking this place out.

As much as I would have liked to see more nightlife, I was exhausted. The next morning, I got up early and was ready to get my hands on some Shrimp and Grits. In no way was I leaving Savannah without having this southern staple. Narobia’s Grits & Gravy is where it’s at! No fuss, simple, delicious food. The staff were hard at work putting together counter tops full of to-go orders, but were extremely attentive to everyone that walked in. Throughout my meal everyone was super friendly, and as for the food, I got exactly what I came for: 2 eggs, shrimp, grits, and gravy. Perfection.

Happily full of southern comfort food, I drove over to Back in the Day Bakery, ordered an iced coffee to-go, and strolled around Forsyth Park. I am absolutely obsessed with all the trees draped with Spanish moss. Not only at the park, but driving around they hang elegantly over the street. It’s oh, so pretty. This might have been my favorite part.

Next, I wandered through City Market filled with lots of shops, art, restaurants, Paula Deen, and peach sangria TO-GO! Up until this point I had no interest in having a drink, but because it was an option I couldn’t pass it up. The bartender at Cafe at City Market ladled me up a plastic to-go cup, and I was out the door sipping on a cold peach sangria. By the time I was finished, and made sure I got in a lot of steps for the day, it was time to for me to complete the duration of this road trip.

Savannah, you’re pretty. Though I only spent 24 hours there, I am so glad I got to visit and see how wonderful this city is.

Next stop, home!

A Leap of Faith – RVA

At this moment, I still can’t believe that I quit my job with absolutely nothing lined up, and with what little money I have, packed up my Honda Civic and moved south. I was never much of a risk taker, but perhaps that’s what has been holding me back from living out my life’s purpose.

I hit the road on July 16th for a 4 day journey to my new home in Florida. My first stop was Richmond, VA where my cousin, Carly, has lived for the past 5 years. I probably haven’t seen her in about 7 years, so there was a lot to catch up on.

When I arrived we did a quick walk downtown to stretch my legs and do some window shopping. Then we stocked up her little cooler and drove to the field where she plays football every Sunday night. During the game, I sipped on a can of rose while getting attacked by nasty black ants, and watched Carly crush it on the field. Although they didn’t win, it was super fun to hang out and get to know her friends. We ended the night celebrating National Ice Cream Day at Stoplight Gelato Cafe. Not only is the gelato delicious, but the story behind how Stoplight came to be is what makes this place so special. Go, sample, and feel the love.

Monday Funday! Can I just say this day started with the most delicious breakfast? Carly gave me the rundown on how to make fried plantains, and she put together this masterpiece with eggs, beans, avocado, sour cream, lime, and sriracha. I will forever have this breakfast in rotation. Too good!

We certainly #didallthethings, so I’ll give you a simple breakdown:

Richmond, you’re awesome! What an amazing place. There is so much to see and do, and oh, so many restaurants I must try. Consider me a RVA fan for life!

To my incredible cousin, Carly,
I cannot thank you enough for your graciousness and for taking the time to show me around your vibrant and beautiful city. I can certainly see why you stayed and never looked back. I look forward to visiting you and Max again soon. Gouda best!

xx Tammy

Next stop, Savannah!