For the Love of Austin

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I've been travelling a ton for work lately, which has been so fun and so exhausting all at the same time. I finally took the evening off to unpack my suitcase and settle back in to my small St. Paul apartment. While I was sorting through laundry and putting my clothes away, I was overwhelmed at how small the world can feel even while covering thousands of miles in just a few days.

Though my job took to me Austin for a work event, I was able to visit with two close friends from home. The first being one of my absolute oldest and dearest friends, Marci. And in case you've read any of my previous posts, she also happens to be one of the recurring characters, highlighted in the dramatic sharings of my teenage diary. We met for tacos and margaritas (duh, Austin). One of us was eating for two, the other drinking for two, but I'll never tell you who was who. I can't tell you for sure how many hours we sat there talking, but I can tell you that three separate couples were seated in the table much too close to us throughout the conversation. We've known each other now for 20 years and there is something so incredibly sweet about that. There is so much of myself I don't have to explain to her because she was right there with me when I was figuring out who that was. I have no reason to be anyone but myself in front of her because quite frankly, she's witnessed me laugh until I peed my pants on multiple occasions. And now that we're grown up, she's pregnant and more likely to be the one peeing her pants. And so life comes full circle. I just hope that one day our kids will get to experience that same kind of bond, because every girl needs a best friend like that.

My other sweet treat of a gal pal moved to Austin a few years ago, after we met through mutual friends in Minneapolis. If there were ever two peas in a pod, ours would for sure be the party pod. Lucy has a contagious zeal for life, always on the go and ready to take on her next adventure. No dream is too big, no Netflix binge too long. Life is all about balance (and Gourdough donuts) and I think we both get that which make weekends together top notch. We explored so many fun parts of Austin, from food trucks and comedy shows to line dancing halls and Soul cycle studios. My Monday morning flight came all too quickly, but I am so thankful for the chance to catch up with these two close friends.

I never want to take for granted the people God has brought into my life. It is so wildly evident that He has placed people in my life for a purpose and I am incredibly grateful. To my family, even if I had a choice, I'd still pick you. And to friends both old and new, I'm so glad you picked me. 

XOXO.

Also, here's a complete list of a few of my fave Austin places and spaces!! Check 'em out! 

Paperboy Paperboy’s cozy patio joins the vibrant & eclectic scene of Austin’s quickly developing east 11th street neighborhood.

Torchy's Tacos Damn good tacos.

The Peached Tortilla Southern comfort food with an Asian flair.

Jo's Coffee Serving coffee, tacos, sandwiches and  prime people watching since 1999. Also home to the famous "I love you so much" graffiti wall.

Houndstooth Coffee Coffee, tea, beer, wine and pastries. 

Esther's Follies Comedy satire, sketches, magic and musical numbers that span the political divide. 

Gruene Hall Texas' Oldest Dance Hall, located at historic Gruene in New Braunfels, features Texas' best live music every day.

Stephanie Zillmer