It’s strange waking up in a new place and slowly realizing, “this is my home now.” Springfield, Missouri will always be my home, but for the present moment, Atlanta, Georgia is now where Andrew and I reside.
Before meeting Andrew, Atlanta wasn’t even on my mind as an option for future residence (my heart belongs to Colorado). This did not come from a negative opinion about the city or state but simply that I have never stepped foot inside the city with exception of the airport. When Andrew approached me with the different possibilities of potential places to move for his acting career, I was not expecting Atlanta to be on the list. To be honest, I had my heart set on New York City, but the story behind the reason why is for another time. After a few weeks, it was obvious that Atlanta would be the best decision for us to try and take steps forward in both our careers and lives.
The process of moving was not nearly as easy as the words above make it sound. Tears (on my part) have been a routine process through this transition. My heart aches for home the majority of my day; for my family and friends. But I am so thankful that in the few weeks of being here we have met lovely people who have accepted us with open arms. This alone has made the transition process so much easier.
Post move: We have slowly been settling into the vibe that Atlanta has for both of us. Andrew has been auditioning for local theaters and films while working part time at Edgar Allen and running West Elm – Ponce City Market’s Instagram. (Follow it!) I have been doing injections during most days and am looking into other avenues to continue to further my dreams. We love the opportunities that have been presented to us career wise and what will continue to grow there, but by far, my favorite moments are exploring the city with Andrew by my side. With the help of our lovely friends, we are starting to discover places that make Atlanta feel more like home.
The sucker that I am for a good movie scene with particularly good music to complement the feeling that the scene wants to achieve; I would have to compare our recent move to a scene in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. David Bowie singing, “We can be heroes!” as the three friends drive out of the tunnel towards a city filled with lights, feelings, and all that comes with it.
I feel alive, I guess that is the best way to put it. Although, I am a fan of comfort and routine, I feel alive here. Even if it’s the act of sitting on my couch and watching the sun set behind the city skyline while Bon Iver plays softly in the background. I feel alive.
This weekend we decided to pack our bags and head south to a quaint little farm called White Oak Pastures, that promised of dinner and a nights stay. As we walked into the pavilion where dinner would be served, we were greeted by the owner himself who was both charming and hospitable. Throughout dinner he walked around, greeting and introducing himself while answering any questions we had about the food and his farm.
We sat down to begin our four course meal as a man took to the guitar to croon us through dinner. The pavilion was strung up with twinkle lights as though to resemble the blinking stars in the night sky. The wonderful food was paired with even better conversation. With tummies full, we ventured back to our quiet little cabin under a sky full of stars to settle in for the night.
Upon waking up, we started the coffee and found 6 fresh eggs and a quiche in our refrigerator ready for us to enjoy! Andrew opened our kitchen shades and yelled with excitement to hurry and look outside, a herd of sheep was running behind our cabin! Our lives are now complete.
We set out to explore the little farm which is filled with free range chickens, cows, sheep, and greenhouses.
Post first adventure, we set our course for the near-by Providence Canyon State Park.
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’” -Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
- I am the ENFP! What does this mean? Well, it would take a lot of explaining, but basically I’m almost the exact opposite of Mallory. I’m really scatterbrained and a lot more extroverted then she is. Anyway, research Myers Briggs, it is all very fascinating.
- I am an actor and have been since the fourth grade. Our class went on a field trip to see The Fiddler on the Roof and I fell in love with the stage. Recently I have switched to more film acting which is why we decided to move to Atlanta. (more on this in future posts)
- I studied film directing in college and still dream about making movies every day. I love telling stories. Sometimes I think “real life” is too complex; telling stories just makes more sense to me.
- I have lived in 6 different states and have moved over 20 times.
- I have one pectoral muscle. Yup. Those of you that have been following me on Instagram for quite some time might know that it used to be my username: @onepec. I changed my username to @rewhunter because of all the questions the previous one generated. Basically, it’s a long story that involves me and a shark. It’s really interesting. I’ll write about it sometime.
- I’ve traveled to three countries so far but my goal is to see all of them. Shout out to our readers in England, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, France, Belgium, and Australia! I’m positive you’re the coolest and we would love to come stay with you.
- My favorite movie of all time is The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I think the script is brilliant and I love the acting. “I can’t see anything I don’t like about you.”
- I spent two years acting at Sight and Sound theaters playing Jonah in the show “Jonah”. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done and I still have nightmares about messing up on stage. In the two years I was there almost 800,000 people saw the show. Thankfully I was the understudy, so of the 690 performances I was only Jonah 200 and something of them. Rodney and Tom, I don’t know how you did it! Miss you guys.
- I come from a family of 7 and I love that. I think I draw from each of them in my acting choices.
- I still have about 200 TY Beanie Babies and I’m having a hard time getting rid of them. Mostly because I spent a lot of time as a child saving/ working to buy them and I feel like I’m doing a disservice to my younger self by throwing them out even though my wife dislikes that I’m kind of a packrat.
I hope these made you laugh because I really try not to take myself too seriously and hopefully that will be evident in this post and posts to come. Also, this is really scary and we don’t really know what we are doing but we felt like this would be a huge creative outlet for us! So if you are even a little bit interested, sign up on the right for email updates. We love having you here! -Andrew
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- I am the ISFP of the pair! Although most of the concepts that come with this personality are true for me, I don’t believe in completely boxing someone into a category. I choose to believe that all life is fluid and that personalities can be too!
- I am a nurse currently working in the aesthetic field, in short, I inject filler and botox!
- I fell in love with yoga a few years ago, thanks to a lovely friend who started encouraging me to at least try it! Since then, it has become my favorite form of physical activity/restoration.
- This is the FIRST time I have ever moved away from my hometown, Springfield, MO. I know it is cliche to say, but it is both exciting and scary! I am proud of myself for taking that initial step and am excited to watch my introverted self push those comfortable boundaries a bit.
- I have been working on my green thumb and have been doing so much better at keeping my plant babies alive! Hallelujah!
- Harry Potter, Labyrinth, and all things Disney are SO close to my heart. I have tattoos representing all but one of them so far. Probably 90% of my day is thinking about going to Disney world and Harry Potter world again. I may even make a Labyrinth world for fellow Jareth lovers out there.
- I grew up playing piano for a total of 12 years. Suffering from stage fright the entirety of my life, I could never bring myself to play in front of people (at least when I was old enough to say so). Although I’m not able to play currently due to the fact that we can’t fit a piano in our 655 square foot apartment, I still have a love for the piano and hope to continue one day.
- Movie and TV soundtracks usually make me more emotional than the acting or storyline.
- I love coffee. My go to cup is black but I’ll occasionally splurge on a latte here or there. Recently, the lavender latte my husband makes for me melts my heart and has been my taste buds first choice.
- I hope one day to travel the world and see the places that have been set on my heart, ie. Hobbitown.
I hope you enjoyed 10 things about me! I’m sure this will be a recurring post in the future for the both of us, Happy day! -Mal
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