5 Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup

I have tried many tortilla soups and have gathered ideas from them all. I alway tweak my recipe to what I like and I think this is the best combination for me and my family. So I hope you enjoy it too!

This dinner is quick,easy, and inexpensive. It only takes 5 ingredients and it tastes AMAZING! I won’t ramble too much so let’s get to cooking!

You will need:

•2 Cups Shredded Chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken)

•1 32oz Carton Chicken Broth

•1 Dry Ranch Packet

•1 Package of Taco Seasoning

•1 Jar of Your Favorite Salsa

Instructions:

1) Start by shredding your chicken. I buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it, but you can prepare it anyway you like and it will turn out just as good (Sometimes I will cook mine in the Instant pot and shred it).

2) Combine all of your ingredients into a medium or large saucepan and mix and cook on high heat.

3) Bring mixture to a boil, the reduce heat to med/low and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through.

4) Serve with Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips on top. Customize for whatever toppings you like. It also really good with avocado on top!

Side note: You can definitely add Corn and Black Beans if you like those in your soup! A can of beans or corn are fairly inexpensive as well.

Just drain your corn and add it to the mixture, as well as drain and rinse your black beans if you want to add those to you soup!

This recipe is perfect for fall and is one of my favorite soups to make, it is one pot and easy cleanup!

Can keep in the fridge for up to one week, so enjoy!

As always please let me know in the comments if you try this recipe! Until next time…..

Riley Jo

The Best Apple Cobbler Recipe

Yes I am aware the recipe says peach…BUT its fall and were using APPLES! Peaches are just as delicious but for today I am going to cook up some Apple cinnamon goodness!

This recipe has been something I have grown up eating and it is seriously SO SO good! I don’t want to ramble too much about it, so I will keep it short and sweet! This cobbler is one of the best things you will ever eat. I promise you that. I don’t want to keep you waiting to let’s jump into how to make this delicious dessert. 

Here are the Ingredients:

Fruit Mixture:

  • 6-7 Large Apples peeled, cored, and sliced thin or into small pieces (larger if you like firm apple pieces but I prefer them soft and gooey!)
    • Or a Bag of Frozen Peaches 
  • 1 Cup Of Sugar 

Batter Mixture:

  • 1 Stick of Butter or Margarine (melted) See Instructions
  • 1 Cup of Self-Rising Flour (IT HAS TO BE SELF RISING or it wont turn out right)
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • Cinnamon if you are  making Apple Cobbler 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  1. Peel, Core and cut up your apples to desired size.

I use an apple corer and slicer and usually cut the slices down a little smaller so they will cook faster and get fork tender or to your desired texture! 

  1. After you core and cut them into slices you will want to put them into a large saucepan over low to medium heat and add 1 cup of sugar.
  1. Reduce your apples with the sugar until they are at desired tenderness, I usually like them to get a little softer than fork tender. 
  1. While your apples are cooking, put a stick of butter in a large ramekin or any cake pan with deep sides to allow it to melt for your batter mixture. (You can also melt it in the microwave but this saves you some time, AND  you don’t have to dirty another dish)
  1. When your apples are close to being done cooking and reducing down, you can start on your batter mixture. In a large bowl combine you milk, sugar and flour. Mix until the mixture is smooth (there may new a few small lumps with it should be pretty thin and runny)
  1. Once your butter is melted add the mixture to the butter in your ramekin and cake pan (DO NOT MIX) 
  1. Then pour your boiling fruit mixture right in the middle of the batter and butter mixture. 
  1. Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil in case it runs over the sides. 
  1.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top and edges, you can check the center with a toothpick if it comes back clean it is cooked through!
  1. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top!

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe! Please comment down below if you try it with apples or peaches!  ALSO if you would like to follow along via video I will link my Youtube channel here and you can “Cook with me” and see me make this yummy recipe  in person! Thank you for reading !

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Until next time……

Riley Jo

Quick and Easy Pancake Recipe

I have tried MANY pancake mixes from Pinterest to Bisquick and couldn’t find one that I liked until recently! They were either too dense or too thin, not sweet enough or too sweet….. BUT I finally tweaked a homemade recipe for what I believe is one of the BEST pancake recipes and it is super quick and easy! 

I won’t ramble too much so let’s get into the ingredients!

You Will Need:

  • 1 ½ Cups of Flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tsp of Baking Powder
  • ⅓ cup Sugar (You can use ¼ cup if you like them a little less sweet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup of Milk
  • 3 tablespoons of Unsalted Butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

(Yields 8-10 pancakes)

Instructions: 

  1. In a medium or large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients: Flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Mix lightly.
  2. Melt butter and set aside for later
  3. Create a well in the center of the dry mixture. Whisk eggs and add to the center of the well.
  4. Then add milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the center of the well with egg and dry ingredients.
  5. Using a Whisk combine all of the ingredients, the batter may be slightly lumpy. Don’t overmix!
  6. Let the batter rest to activate the baking powder
  7. Heat a lightly greased griddle or pan to medium/high heat
  8. Using a ¼ cup scoop batter onto a hot griddle
  9. Cook each side for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown, flip when bubbles form around the sides and the top of the uncooked side.
  10. Serve with your favorite toppings!

Notes:

The batter will be thick, that’s what makes them fluffy and delicious!

Freeze leftovers to heat up later or meal prep for the next day. 

Add chocolate chips, blueberries or bananas to the batter to switch it up a little bit!

3 Ways To Financially Prepare to Build A House

If you are thinking about building a house, it can be VERY intimidating to think about. There are a ton of things running through your mind “How much will it cost?” “Can we afford to build a house or should we buy?” “Where do I even start looking to find land and a builder?”

There are a ton of options to consider when building a home. No matter what your situation is,  I have a few tips to help you get your ducks in a row and determine if building a house is the right decision for you and your family. 

So here are few things to consider when financially preparing to build a house:

  1. Set Your Budget  

This may seem like a no brainer but the first step is to set your budget for how much you want to pay for a house whether you are buying or building. Figure out how much you can pay for a house and how much you will be approved for by your bank and start there. 

 When building, depending on your payment options, you may have time to save a little money while the house is being built and this can give you a little bit of freedom to do those interior upgrades that tend to add up. When building it is better to have them do those upgrades now rather than trying to do them yourself later. But if you are a handy person, MORE POWER TO YOU!

  1. Pick Your Builder

This is the part that will vary the most. You can choose to go through a builder where you pick your floor plan and the lot price is figured into your house payment. This is usually common for housing editions or developments. (This is what we did!)

You might choose to buy some land, pick your own blueprint, go through an architect and contractor to build a custom home that is unique to you. You will have to factor in other fees for this and figure out financing with your bank and builder to determine your payment method. 

Or you may choose to build it completely on your own if you are handy and have the time.With this option you will have to talk about financing options with your bank and save accordingly for all of the building materials that come along with it! 

  1. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE

This is by far the biggest tip I have when it comes to building a house. You have to save up to put down earnest money, change orders, closing costs, furniture for your new home, potentially appliances if they aren’t included. 

These fees can vary person to person but I would say it is safe to have ATLEAST  $10,000 put back if you are considering building a home. This way you have a little bit of cushion to work with. AGAIN, this can vary from person to person. It may be more depending on the size of house you are building, how much you are required to put down on the home, the area you live in, etc.

4 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

As we prepare to move into our new home we have been going through all of our moving boxes from the old house and getting rid of things that we don’t need or want anymore. Throughout the past year we hadn’t even touched those boxes so it was like Christmas going through everything and remembering what we had!

Throughout this process I have found that my home decor style has changed and there are just things that I no longer need. Military life really prepared me for packing all of my things quickly and efficiently. As well as learning what to keep and what to throw out or give away. So I am going to share 5 tips for decluttering whether you are moving or already in your house to help keep things organized and efficient. 

When decluttering I like to start with clothes or closets!

  1. If You Haven’t Worn it in a Year, GIVE IT AWAY!

One of my goals for when we move into the new house is to have an organized closet so that I can start to build my capsule wardrobe(a wardrobe with a lot of basic pieces that I can wear many different ways). To start decluttering my clothes I used the backwards hanger method (I turned all of my hangers the opposite way when I swap my clothes out for the season. If I hadn’t worn it by the end of the season or by the end of the year I got rid of it! It has been working pretty well for me so far. 

I also will go through my basic t-shirts every year and see which ones need to be thrown out and what need replaced. Usually my white t-shirts will get a little dingy, so I will buy a few new ones.  I do the same with jeans or any clothes with noticeable stains or holes. 

  1. If it Doesn’t Have a Place, Get Rid of it 

One rule of thumb I have with decorations when I am decluttering is that if I can’t imagine it in a space in my home It will go into the garage sale or the Goodwill pile! When I organized and went through all of our boxes for the move I looked at all of my old decor and decided I wanted to go with a different decor style in this house. I kept a few pieces that would work and a few that were sentimental but if  I didn’t have a vision for it to go in the new house, I put it in the “give away” pile!

The key to decluttering is to make sure everything has a place to keep everything looking neat and tidy!

  1. Categorize

When packing, organizing and decluttering it is so important to categorize your items and your tasks! It can be overwhelming to do all at once so when packing it is important to split all of your boxes up based on rooms or items. For example, I labeled all of my boxes according to what they were and when we move into the new house everything can go into its specific room which makes unpacking more efficient. 

When I declutter in my home I always tackle one room at a time so I don’t have multiple messes and can keep everything straight! I will usually start in my closets since they tend to be a catch all for most things since you can “hide” your clutter in closets! I will pull everything out of them, categorize the items, and get rid of anything that I don’t want or need anymore!

  1. Organize

Organization is the key to decluttering and this also goes along with categorizing. Organizing items as you put them away can help you to keep things tidy and less cluttered! One area where organization is super helpful is the drawers in your home. The best way I found to keep these looking nice and neat is to get drawer organizers to fit the size of your drawers. This is a LIFE SAVER in the kitchen since it is so easy to throw silverware and utensils into the drawer. This is also helpful to have in your dresser drawers to organize clothes because I especially am guilty of just throwing my clothes in there (because I hate putting laundry away) and shoving things around so that I can close the drawers….. By folding them a certain way or getting organizers everything is visible and has a place!

This way you can go to the drawer and grab what you need!

These are just some basic tips that I use to declutter around my house to keep things neat and tidy! It is an ongoing battle that you have to work and make a habit out of but if you are needing some organization in your life these tips will definitely help you get a good start!

Until next time…..

Riley Jo XOXO

My Home Decor Plans

This blog is going to be a little different than the previous ones I have written. I am not in my house yet but I am itching to decorate it! I have been scrolling through Pinterest and watching too much Youtube during this pandemic trying to figure out how I want to decorate my house. 

So I sat down, figured out my design style and went from there. I didn’t fall in one main category of interior design such as farmhouse, modern, or contemporary. I am kind of a mix of interior design styles. I love things to look light and airy, but I also love texture and pops of color to make it feel a little more cozy!

We are wanting to do a really basic color palette of black, white and gray with wood accents. I love the mid century modern/ contemporary with a little bit of industrial mixed in for some different textures. 

Soo in my boredom while being quarantined I made a google doc plan of what decor I wanted in each room with picture collages catered to each. My goal in the new house is to be organized and functional, so I had to cater to my love for interior design, my personal style, and find inspiration for pieces that were functional but also looked nice in the space. 

Below I will break down the house room by room with pictures I have found for inspiration. I am going to work from the front of the house to the back of the house . 

First is the Entryway:

In the entryway of our home we have quite a bit of space to work with! We have a long hallway so I want to do some sort of picture wall because that is something I didn’t do in our last home. I want to incorporate more family pictures especially when we have kiddos. Our main foyer/landing area right at the front door is pretty spacious so I want to incorporate some hooks and maybe a bench just so the space is a little more functional. In the first picture in the upper right, the white drawers are actually shoe holders from IKEA so once we get better measurements we are going to look into those as well! That is a simple plan of the entryway, now moving onto the kitchen! 

Kitchen:

For the kitchen we went with black granite countertops and white cabinets, we are adding the black door and drawer pulls to the doors ourselves (having the builder install them is expensive!) We want to keep the light and airy feel in the kitchen as well. We are going to decorate with wood accents and we want to find these sort of industrial lights to eventually switch out the standard lights that will hang over our island. Our floors are a little darker than the ones shown in the picture, but that is a pretty close picture of the aesthetic we want in the kitchen!

Moving onto the Breakfast Nook…

Breakfast Nook:

Since we don’t have a very large dining area space we want to make the most out of the space that we have, spo we decided on a breakfast nook! We have the perfect space for it in our kitchen and we want to keep the light and airy theme throughout. We are wanting a white table and bench with wood accents to tie it all together. Also we want to add some storage in the benches as well just to make the space functional. 

Living Room:

Since we have a half vaulted ceiling in the living room we want to keep things light and bright to keep the openness of the space. We want to keep the same gray, white and black theme in the living room as well. We are looking for a plush gray sectional, with a slight industrial accent like a wood and metal mixed blanket ladder. I want to incorporate more plants into this house because I want the natural element that they bring to the space.

Master Bedroom:

The Master bedroom is the room I am MOST excited to decorate aside from the kitchen! We want our room to be light and bright. I want a lot of mirrors to make the space seem larger. I want to have white and fluffy bedding with a lot of natural wood elements in our bed frame and other accents. I want this room to feel light, bright and relaxing! 

Master Bathroom:

This will definitely be a home project later down the road. We want to switch out the standard tub and shower for a walk in tile shower but that was not in the initial budget so we will work with what we have for now! We will have white cabinets and we want to incorporate the circle mirrors in the bathroom as well. 

Last but not least is the….

Laundry Room:

Again we are sticking with the light and bright theme in the laundry room, one thing we want to incorporate is a folding table on top of our washer and dryer, and we also want to incorporate metal drying racks to stick with our industrial touches we have going throughout. Also, I want to incorporate clear jars for displaying clips, dryer balls and dryer sheets just to add some simple decorations. 

I did not show all of the rooms in the house because I don’t have a plan for the guest rooms just yet (they will eventually be for kids) but we might create an office or youtube space for the time being! Since these are just pinterest inspiration pictures I can’t wait to decorate the house and see if it looks similar to my plans! 

I hope you enjoyed this blog and my future plans for the house, let me know your suggestions in the comments or what your design style is….until next time!

Riley Jo XOXO

How To Embrace A Season Of Loneliness

We all have times in our lives where we might find ourselves in a season of loneliness. You might feel like you don’t have a place, or that you don’t have a “tribe”, but as you get older and go through changes in your life these seasons of feeling a little out of place can show you so much about yourself. It can allow you to work on yourself and if you are a spiritual person it can allow God to show you new lessons and dive into His purpose for your life. 

I am going to talk about some of the things I have learned and that I am still learning to embrace in a season where you feel like you are in the  “space between” in adulthood. 

Ever since I can remember I have felt a little out of place and haven’t really connected with many people my age and what they wanted to do in certain times in their life. When I went to college I struggled in my classes, didn’t drink or party, and just felt like I wasn’t in the right place. I decided to get married to my husband, move away from everything I have ever known and start fresh…. Talk about a lonely time. 

Since my husband was in the military at the time  I met a ton of people in my same situation who were all young, married, and that I could relate to. During this season of my life I finally found a group of people who understood my situation and I made some of my best friends. 

But….. being a military spouse can be a very lonely lifestyle sometimes, you move around a lot, your spouse is always gone for training, deployment and can work some looong hours. 

Have a Confidant 

One of my biggest pieces of advice when embracing a season of loneliness is having someone to talk to who can relate to you, that you can check in with. The best friendships are the ones where you don’t talk everyday, but you know that they will be there for you whenever you need them. Whenever my husband was in the military a lot of other wives had spouses who were on the same deployments or training as my husband. Having them to talk to helped to pass the time and help to give me a little bit of company. 

Start a New Hobby

If you find yourself in a lonely season in your life, reflect on your interests or something that you have always wanted to do. I LOVE watercolor paint and that is a hobby I love to do even if I’m not the best at it. Whether you like to paint, sew, read, workout, doing some gardening, finding a hobby can help to occupy your mind and give you a purpose. 

Take Time To Reflect

During a time where you feel a little out of place, it is the best time to reflect on how you are feeling and maybe get into your Bible to see what this season is teaching you. Taking a step back can show you the bigger picture as cheesy as it may sound. I had to do some soul searching and realize that not always doing the “popular” thing is okay and I am right where I am supposed to be. 

Lastly, 

Do Some Self Care

Take some time for yourself during each week whether this is doing a face mask, reading your favorite book, or getting your nails done do a little something special for yourself. These seasons will come and go in life. Always remember that you have to fill up your cup before you can fill up someone elses and I think that is SUCH an important lesson.

This was a little bit of a different style blog  but I think it is important to understand that we ALL go through different seasons in our lives. It is okay to be different than others and take a different path. You can’t spend your whole life comparing yours to someone else’s. Seasons of loneliness or feeling out of place can teach us so much about ourselves,and help us to be who we are meant to be. 

I hope this can help you get through a season of loneliness in your life

Until the next one!

Riley Jo XOXO

4 TIPS FOR FINDING THE BEST THRIFTED ITEMS

I love to thrift and I love the idea of having a sustainable wardrobe in the world of fast fashion. Don’t get me wrong I still have some cheap items of clothing in my closet, because your girl loves a good deal!  BUT one of my goals once we get settled into the new house is to build a wardrobe that I love, and that I can maintain for a long time. I also plan to thrift some items to use as home decor so I am going to list some of the tips I keep in mind when I am going thrifting whether it is for clothes or decor items!

  1. ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN IN MIND

My usual thrifting spot is Goodwill, but wherever I go I try to have a plan in mind of what I want to look for! Recently, I have been looking for basic pieces for my fall wardrobe. My goal was to find a jean jacket, basic long sleeves, sweaters and cardigans! Goodwill usually has some pretty good options for these depending on where you go, but I will talk about that in another tip! Always have an outfit in mind of what you want to wear that piece with and if you don’t have a set idea then put it back on the rack!

 If you are crafty you can look for home decor pieces to DIY and flip! You can find some pretty unique pieces of furniture and give them a good coat of paint to match your decor style. Just like clothing, have a plan of where you want to put that piece in your house or plan how you want to renovate it. This way you are not just buying junk that you might end up sending back to Goodwill!

  1. TRY ON THE CLOTHING ITEMS

Now I know some people may be grossed out by this especially if it is a thrifted item…..but there is a reason someone sent it to be thrifted…because it usually has an unusual fit! Now this is not true for every piece, especially if you know what looks good on your body. Sometimes, clothes just don’t fit right and just because they are a good price DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD BUY IT. I have to have this little pep talk with myself all the time no matter what store I am in and no matter how good the deal is! In other words if it doesn’t fit you just right….don’t buy it! 

  1. LOOK FOR COOKBOOKS, OR DECOR BOOKS

I LOVE looking at cookbooks and thrift stores usually have a wide selection for a great price! Almost all of my cookbooks are thrifted. I know in the day of Pinterest cookbooks can seem irrelevant, but I do have a rule of thumb for these as well. I look through the recipes and if I find at least 5 or more recipes that I can use I will usually pick it up and take it home! Then you can always write those recipes down and pass the book along to a friend or re-donate it. 

I also love looking for books for decor purposes as well! If you take the plastic cover off of old books it will show the neutral binding and cover underneath. You can search through these books to  find colors and styles that go with your decor! Bonus points if the book is actually a genre that you like! 

  1. LOOK AT THRIFT STORES IN AM “UPSCALE” PART OF TOWN

I know this sounds kind of silly, but it just makes sense especially if you want to find some name brand clothes some even with the tags on them still! My husband was leery about secondhand shopping UNTIL we went to a goodwill in a more “upscale” town close to us and he was HOOKED! He is really into golfing, and he found a ton of name brand Greg Norman golf polos for about 4 dollars each, you can’t beat that! I found a pair of brand new American Eagle jeans with the tags still on them for 6 dollars. This is by far one of my biggest tips, I always find some of the best clothes and home decor at these stores! 

I know this was a little bit of a different style blog, but as we get closer to moving into the house and fall time I find myself thriting a lot more! If you have any thrifting tips and tricks feel free to share in the comments!

Until the next one…..

Riley Jo XOXO

7 Tips To Make a Successful Budget and Save Money

Now I am no expert on this situation, but I want to talk about some tips that have really helped my husband and I pay off our debt as well as save money to buy our house. We do use the Dave Ramsey method and we have tweaked it just a little to what works best for our situation. 

Budgeting can seem very overwhelming, but once you get into the habit of doing it the whole process becomes second nature. As crazy as it sounds, you kind of get addicted to saving money. Budgeting can work with any income and debt you just have to find the right balance that works for you. 

Below, I am going to talk about some tips to help you get your budget in order and to help keep you on track whether it be for paying off debt, saving money or just wanting to be smarter with your finances: 

My first tip  is: 

  1. Get Rid of Any Unnecessary Subscriptions 

When establishing a budget look through your bank statement and get rid of any unnecessary subscriptions that you may have. My husband and I dropped a lot of little things that were “money suckers”, and it gave us a lot of extra money each month. Whether it’s a magazine subscription, makeup, clothes, anything that is unnecessary while you’re trying to pay off your debt, GET RID OF IT! I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out I will talk more about your “fun money” later. 

  1. Write Out All Of Your Expenses 

When budgeting it is important to be transparent about your finances. Whether you are single or you share finances with someone else it is important to write down your income and all of your expenses to see exactly where your money is going. Writing it all out really gives you a new perspective when you subtract all of your monthly bills from your income, and you realize how much unnecessary spending you might be doing. This was one of the most helpful tips when we made our budget and I will always recommend it!  

  1. Figure Out Your Budget With Your Income

Total up your income whether you have a single or dual income, and split it up by pay period. Whether you get paid weekly or biweekly. This will determine how you set up your bills and how much will come out each pay period. We are paid weekly so we split our bills up weekly to have less strain on our paycheck when paying our bills. If you split your bills payments in half according to when they are due you can put them in a separate account to be able to pay off your bills more easily each month. For example, if we have a bill that is 400 and it is due at the end of each month, since we get paid weekly we will take $100 dollars from our paycheck each week to put towards that bill to pay it for the month. You can do this with your bills according to your pay period, to have less strain when splitting up your money when you get a paycheck.  

  1. Use Cash For Whatever You Can 

One of the biggest things that has helped us to cut down on spending is by paying with cash on everything that we can. We have bills that come out of our bank account so those we leave money in a “bills” account to be automatically withdrawn, but for our spending money we use cash. This way you can physically see the money going away and it has really helped us to get back on track with our spending. This may not work well for everyone but that has helped us out a lot!

  1. Build Up A Savings

When using the Dave Ramsey debt snowball you are told to save $1000 in an emergency savings and that is SO important! It may take you awhile to get there depending on your situation, but if you have any unexpected surprises along the way at least you have that as a little cushion! However if you do have an income where you can put more back have a goal for yourself something that you are working towards whether it be saving for a house, car, vacation always put at least some money back into your savings.

  1. Make Room For Fun Money

When you go on a budget it is so easy to think “I won’t be able to go shopping anymore or go out to eat”, but that is not true!  Put a little bit of “fun money” into your budget if you see something that you like or if you and partner like to go on a date night! If you don’t use that money you can always save it up for something bigger for yourself and build on it over a few weeks! Whether it is 5 dollars to get a coffee or it is $50 dollars to go shopping, give yourself some money to spend on yourself sometimes so that budgeting doesn’t seem like it will take away your freedom!

  1. Make Your Budget Attainable 

Don’t stretch yourself so thin that you are struggling with your budget and don’t take it lightly to where your lifestyle doesn’t change and you go back into the old ways of spending. It will be a BIG adjustment in the beginning but it is SO worth it in the end to have financial freedom! Make a budget that allows you to live within your means and still be able to do the things you want. You can do both, you just have to find the right balance!

Like I said before I am not an expert, but these are some of the things that have helped us along the way! Everyone’s journey is a little bit different so you have to budget fro what works best for your family, feel free to share your budget tips with me in the comments I love to hear from you! 

Until Next Time…..

Riley Jo XOXO

4 Reasons to Move Away From Your Hometown

I know this is one of the things that most people tell you, but I think it is important to do this at least once in your life. Going out and experiencing living in a different place can help you to branch out, meet new people, and find your place in the world. Especially if you are from a small town where the people you are around may not be the most diverse.

My husband was in the military so when we got married I moved from Indiana to North Carolina, so living on the beach versus in the middle of a cornfield was a big adjustment. I didn’t know a single soul and it really put me out of my comfort zone. I had gone to school with the same group of people from Kindergarten all the way to senior year, so until I went to college I hadn’t really branched out from my friend group. 

When I moved to North Carolina I met some of my best friends, found my place with a group of people who understood me, and I got to live on the beach. I got to grow a little bit and work on myself away from the constraints of the only place I had ever known.

With that being said I am going to give you four reasons why you should move away from your hometown…..

1) You Get To Find Yourself 

Moving away from all that you have ever known can be intimidating, but once you take that first step it is SO worth it. When I moved out for the first time to go to college, I was very upset and I was only moving an hour away. The first few weeks it was hard to be on my own, but I met some of my best friends in college. I am so thankful for that experience. Once you surround yourself with people who think similarly to you and find your place you truly find who you are meant to be. 

 2) You Experience More Diversity 

If you are from a small town there is usually not a lot of diversity. Once I moved to North Carolina into a military town there were people from different states, different countries, different backgrounds and it was so eye opening to meet new people and hear their stories. You experience and learn to appreciate different cultures and different types of people, and I think that is so important especially with what is going on in our society today.

3) You Can Live In A Cool Place 

You can move somewhere completely different from your hometown! Maybe you have always lived in the mountains, but you want to live on the beach or vice versa! You can travel and get to experience a different place than you had lived before. When we moved back to Indiana, I was so sad to leave the beach! Having a change of scenery can be good, and if you have the chance to live where you have always wanted to why not do it! The way I look at it is, I would rather move somewhere and realize I don’t like it than wonder for the rest of my life what it would have been like to live there.

4) You Might Realize That You Want to Move Back 

Moving away from your hometown can help you gain independence and help to shape you into who you want to be, but it is okay to want to come back after you have gone and experienced living somewhere else. 

My husband and I loved living in North Carolina, but we had some of the best memories with our grandparents and cousins when we were younger and we want our future kids to have that same experience. So we decided that we wanted to come back home to settle down! Now this may not be the case for everyone, some people may love where they move and want to stay there, but we ultimately wanted to move home to be closer to our family when we start our own 🙂

Moving away from your hometown can be really intimidating at first, but it can help you meet so many new people and get to experience different things you normally wouldn’t if you never leave where you came from. I met some of my best friends through military life and learned what it’s like to live in a new place where no one knew my name.

As always let me know if you had a positive or negative experience if you moved away from your hometown or decided to stay, I love hearing from you guys! 🙂 

Until Next Time!

Riley Jo XOXO