This road trip was more than just moving my life from California to Texas. To me it was proof in the power of positive thought and trusting God’s plan for my life.
Back in October I quit my “fabulous” tech job, found someone to take over my lease in Newport Beach, and moved back home. I told everyone that I was moving out of state with or without a job and I truly believed it would happen. The best thing you can do for yourself is start talking and planning like something is going to happen and it eventually will.
Many people thought I was crazy including my family. They weren’t thrilled with the fact I quit my job without having something else lined up. Nor were they happy I was moving back home without an exact timeline for when this move would take place. I just prayed about it and felt peace that it was going to happen soon. I knew God was guiding my steps during this time and it helped keep the anxiety and stress away.
I’ve talked to so many friends my age that want to make a change in their life, but they aren’t willing to take a risk or trust that God will guide them. Whether it’s relocating, getting a new job, or taking a vacation you have to start by making a choice. This may sound cliché, but if you don’t love what you’re doing or feel like you’re not fulfilling your purpose then you can make a choice to stop. It’s literally as simple as that.
Fear and faith in God can’t live in the same space, fear is actually the exact opposite of trusting God. I know this is different than my other blog posts, but I felt the need to share this will y’all and I hope my journey inspires y’all to test your faith a little more. God wants to bless you more than you can dream so let Him! I’m beyond excited for my new job at theCHIVE and the opportunity to spend quality time with my Texas family.
Now I’m just going to be completely honest with y’all and let you know this is a boring and ugly road trip. We started in California and took I-10 all the way through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Hundreds of miles through the flat desert with not so much as a tree to look at. We barely took pictures or stopped because we wanted to make it from Temecula to Austin in two days. Even if we had the option to extend this road trip, I wouldn’t have done it because there is literally nowhere scenic (or safe) to stop.
We drove straight to Phoenix and stopped at my favorite restaurant Oregano’s to have dinner with one of my best friends. Their food is beyond good and very affordable. The most popular thing on the menu and my personal favorite pasta is “Alfredo the Dark.” They also make amazing pizookies that are way better than BJ’s. Sad to say but this brief stop was the highlight of the trip. We got back in the car and drove through the night until we hit El Paso around 12:30 a.m.
If you’ve never been to El Paso then good for you. It’s on the border of Mexico — like you literally drive along the border for an hour and you can see the shacks across the dividing line. It didn’t feel very safe at night, but during the day it wasn’t so bad. We even found this great breakfast spot called Crave and a Whole Foods!
Once our bellies were full and we crammed extra snacks in my already packed car, we started driving through West Texas. The only stop that caught my eye was the Prada Marfa store in Valentine, Texas. It was too far out of the way and it wasn’t worth it to stop for a picture, but if you feel so inclined then you should make the detour.
As a travel blogger sometimes I just have to laugh and learn what NOT to do. Here are some tips you should remember for your next road trip:
- Find a good podcast series: My mom and I started Season One of Serial and we are addicted now. We didn’t start the podcast until the end of the drive, but we got through eight episodes. Other podcasts I like are Startup, Joel Osteen, and Coffee Break French (helps you learn to speak basic French!).
- Pack snacks and a cooler: We bought so many snacks at Whole Foods in El Paso, but we had nowhere to put them. Definitely get snacks and ice before the drive so you don’t have to stop a million times like we did. I also researched cool restaurants featured on the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives website. You can plug in your route and it will tell you all the places to stop at!
- Bring nice toilet paper: Every gas station had single-ply, shitty toilet paper (pun intended). Plus you never know if your car will break down in the desert.
- Drive early: Starting your drive early in the morning will allow you time to make pictures stops during the day. We waited entirely too long and ended up driving during the night.
- Get your car checked: Luckily my car is brand new and doesn’t have many miles on it yet. If your car is a little older, make sure you have AAA or roadside assistance especially if you’re driving through an area like West Texas. Peace of mind for you and your hostages, I mean passengers.