Atlanta – Her

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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.


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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.

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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.


5 thoughts on “Atlanta – Her

  1. Wow, Mall….you really made me feel things I haven’t in a long time. When we were transferred to Springfield with John’s job, it wasn’t nearly as inspiring and certainly not something we got to plan together. But I too was very thankful for new friends who made the transition much easier. Miss you so much. So glad you have Andrew and those new friends.


    1. Thank you! I promise, most of it is us sitting in our apartment and Netflix binging but we are loving it here. Just hoping doors continue to open for us. I really miss you so much. Work isn’t the same without you there. Seriously.


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