Calling a new place home
Start writing a post

Calling a New Place Home

What it's like being 17 hours away from my family and friends.

Calling a New Place Home
Megan Martin.

It has been a little over three months since I have made my first 'big' move away from home. 17 hours to be exact. I moved away to college but that was only a 45-minute drive. This move has been an eye-opener and has taught me a lot about myself. My relationships with my family and friends back home couldn't be stronger and their support is what has kept me going.

The reason behind this new adventure was because I was at a spot in life where I wasn't going to school and wanted to experience something new, something outside of Iowa. I had visited my friend and now current roommate, Kacie, back in September 2018 and fell in love with the area. I had never hiked before I visited her and man do I enjoy it. I would've moved right then but I am a planner and couldn't make this kind of decision on a whim. There were many talks with my family and friends and even though they may not have liked the thought of me moving, they supported me anyway and pushed me to do this for myself.

Yes, there were emotional times leading up to all of this. The first instance I remember was on Christmas and we were at my mom's side of the family. The ladies of the family were sitting around in the good living (dining room) after lunch just talking and catching up. My Grandma piped up and asked, "So are you really moving to Utah?" I never spoke about this in front of my family at this point because I was unsure but all I responded with was "I think I am." We spoke more about it the thought of me moving and eventually made all of us emotional, especially me because I couldn't bear the idea of living far away from my family. My mom hated talking about it but when it came to the point of moving me and leaving me to head back home, we were both emotional wrecks. She is my person and my best friend. This move has been hard on me but has made our relationship stronger.

My Mama and I, just after we crossed over into Utah.Megan Martin

My parents are the best and helped me move all my belongings in a 6x12 trailer, let me tell you, we were going to only get a 4x8. Luckily the company messed up and we got upgraded and thank goodness because all my things barely fit in the bigger trailer as it is. The drive was long but we split it up in a couple of days. These two are my rocks and I am forever grateful for them and everything they do for me.

My parents and I at Canyonlands right after moving me the 17 hours.Megan Martin.

This state has so much to offer (as do all) and I feel like I am in a prime location to adventure off anywhere; Disneyland, Vegas, Arizona, even a trip to see my family in Washington for a weekend getaway. I am looking forward to the new places I will visit while I am living here, but I know at this point that Utah is not the end game for me.

It seems like I've seen more things around Utah and been to more places in the three months that I have lived here than I did living in Iowa for 21 years. I've been winding down lately after the different trips my roommate and I have gone on and having family and a friend come out to visit on three separate occasions. I am looking forward to going back home at the end of the month to see my family and friends.

Blanche Lake. One of the many hikes I have done since my move.Megan Martin

Getting ready for this big move, my Uncle had said to me, "make small goals out of this. Set a three month or even a 6 month trial period to see if you can do it and give yourself a chance. If you don't like it in the end, you can always move home and don't think of it as a failed experience." That was the scariest thing for me. I didn't know if I would be able to live 17 hours away from my family and friends and in the back of my mind, if I did move home, I would've thought of myself as a failure. But so far it's been great. Yes, I miss my family and friends a lot, but that is what FaceTime, Snapchat and all forms of social media are for, to keep in touch and still be able to see each other, even if it's not in person.

Don't be scared to take a chance that may change your life in a big way. It's a learning experience. If you fall, get right back up and do it again. If you take a chance and it doesn't go to plan, don't think of it as a fail, just look back at the outcome and learn what to do differently for the next time.

It has been a ride so far, a fun one at that. I have met new people that I consider friends and have made memories that make this new journey worth it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers


Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series


Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?


Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.


Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments