It didn't go as planned, and that's ok.

Plot twist, I’m staying in Chattanooga. I bet you didn’t see that coming now did you? If you did than I’m mad at you for not giving me a heads up, it was a bit of a surprise to me! Let me explain… The boat repairs took so long (thanks horrible mechanic) that hurricane season has begun. Fun fact, captains don’t love moving boats to hurricane danger zones while storms are actively developing on the reg. So, since I was going to be stuck here until December anyway I decided to check out the pet care market… Turns out they could use a Happy Hound here too, so the expansion is happening here and now in Chattanooga, TN!

Let me tell you moving was harder than I expected! I thought I was prepared for my first big move away from home, but I totally overestimated myself… It’s an emotional time! I’m excited, scared, and second guessing myself a lot. But now that I’m a little over a week in and have everything unpacked and set up for the most part I’m starting to feel better about it. It’s also been harder than I anticipated trying to make new friends, but it’s slowly happening. I’ve been trying out new martial arts schools, small groups at church, and of course talking to people at coffee shops. I’m definitely being stretched outside of my comfort zone, but it’s starting to become less and less of a stretch and becoming somewhat comfortable. It’s crazy how finding a nice coffee shop, grocery store, and a few good hiking trails and going often enough to become familiar with them helped to make me feel settled in. That being said, I sure do miss everyone back home…

All of this is still a work in progress, but it’s getting less and less overwhelming. My to do list is slowly shrinking and slipping back to normal things like grocery lists in place of getting things like P.O. boxes. Am I settled in yet? No. But I’m getting there and can honestly say I’m starting to enjoy the rhythm of this new city that refuses to let me leave. I figure it’s written in the stars for me to stay here for a while and since I’m honestly a little scared to push the matter I’ll hangout here for a while to get the new Happy Hound branch up and running. Eventually I’ll make it to New Orleans, but it’s going to be a while…

Chattanooga, you haven’t won me over 100% yet, but you’re not all that bad. I’m hoping we start to bond and you take it easier on me the next few months, you seem like you could be a really cool place to live… I’m crossing my fingers that moving to the new marina down town next week can be the fresh start we need. Let’s call a truce and start off the right way this time. Here’s to being a Nooganight!