Happy Anniversary Nashville: My Story of 5 Years in Music City

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Exactly 5 years ago today, I walked across the stage to receive my Bachelor of Arts diploma from Hardin-Simmons University and packed up my entire life the next day to move 842 miles from Abilene, TX to Nashville, TN. It was the bravest and most frightening thing I’d ever done — until I recently quit my two retail and food service jobs to become a full-time freelance photographer.

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I know many people didn’t understand (and still don’t) why I wanted to uproot myself from the great life I had in Texas. Allow me to explain:

Growing up in Texas was amazing, I loved everything about it — except for the fact that before online stores became an option we had to drive an hour and a half to Lubbock for any “decent” shopping. I was born in Amarillo and my family moved to Canyon, a quick 15 minute…

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