Unlike many of my travel destinations, Nashville was familiar and welcomed me back lovingly.  After living there for a couple of years, and also being away for almost as long, I wasn’t sure if that feeling of home would still be there.  Would my friends still be around?  Will the vibe be the same?
While many of my friends have either moved out of the city or were too busy, or I simply didn’t tell them I was in town for certain reasons, my closest friends were excited to have me there.  It’s like seeing your childhood best friend after time has passed, but feeling as if nothing has changed.  But the friends I have in Nashville did not know me since childhood… that says something about the quality of friendships I have there.

In Nashville, I was content just sitting on a couch with my old roommate, Kindell, watching “Who’s The Boss?” marathons or going to GoGo Sushi with my buddy, Jocelyn, or catching up with my friend Tammy over a home-cooked meal.  On top of that, I so missed the coffee shops in Nashville!
Each one has its own charm and purpose.  Fido is more of a social environment where you go for a meal, and you only go there if you don’t need wifi.  Tourists, you’ve been warned!  My old Starbucks on 21st Ave is a place to run into a familiar face, and surprisingly get the cheapest cup of coffee in town.  I never realized how expensive all of the local coffee shops are in Nashville!

I discovered a few new coffee haunts, too, like Headquarters in West Nashville that carries VeganVee pastries (AMAZING!), and The Well.  I also joined Kindell on some of her photography jobs in downtown Franklin and finally went to the Frothy Monkey over there.  I had only been to the one in Nashville.  Wow, great food and service, but always, always packed!

While I was in Nashville, I not only got to see some of my best friends, but was reminded how much I love that city and why I wanted to move back there as soon as I moved away… And so, after much (way too much) back and forth about where to move to, and out of ALL of the great cities I visited on my travels, I have come to the decision of moving back to Nashville in 2015!  I couldn’t be happier.  As soon as I made the decision, my heart felt hugged  🙂

Jocelyn and me at Fido.
Jocelyn and me at Fido.
Vegan Chili and chips at Frothy Monkey in downtown Franklin, TN.
Vegan Chili and chips at Frothy Monkey in downtown Franklin, TN.
Foggy Nashville skyline on one of my long walks across town.
Foggy Nashville skyline on one of my long walks across town.
Franklin Christmas Parade
Franklin Christmas Parade
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Franklin Christmas Parade.
Me and my roomie, Kindell at Franklin Christmas Parade.
Me and my roomie, Kindell at Franklin Christmas Parade.
Amazing VeganVee Muffin and coffee at Headquarters in West Nashville.
Amazing VeganVee Muffin and coffee at Headquarters in West Nashville.
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Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.

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