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Why We Moved to Nashville

In this week’s podcast episode, we answer a question we’ve been asked over and over again: “Why did you move to Nashville?” Jesse and I share our honest thoughts on the challenges that led up to us considering moving to Nashville and why we ended up making the move.

Missed previous episodes of The Crystal Paine show? You can listen to them here.

Why We Moved to Nashville

Last week, Jesse and I were supposed to record an episode telling more of our story, but he had to go out of town unexpectedly and was gone for almost the whole week. In this episode, we share more about that, why we don’t function very well when he’s gone, but why I’m happy he was able to make the trip.

We also talk about books we’re reading (my book was one I almost didn’t share about!), my new non-coffee healthy “mocha” I’ve been drinking in the mornings, and a special offer on my course, 15 Days to a Healthier You.

A question we have gotten asked over and over again in recent years — and especially since we started sharing our story on the podcast! — is, “Why did you move to Nashville?”

In this episode, we share what challenges led up to us considering moving to Nashville and why we ended up making the move.

And Whew! We’re Finally Done Sharing Our Story!

When I first started this podcast, I thought Jesse and I would just do one episode sharing part of our story. I never envisioned we’d spend 8 whole episodes on our story!! But it has been so good for us to take the time to recount our 16 years of marriage and share the highs and lows of our journey.

Thank you for listening in, sending such kind emails, and encouraging us to take the time to share our story. Your willingness to show up, show interest, and listen in has been a gift to us!

And now we can finally start doing topical episodes together! We’re excited to dive into some of the topics you all have written in and suggested!

In This Episode:

[02:58] – I’m so happy Jesse is back home! He shares why he went out of town, why he was grateful he got to go, and I share how I have so much respect for all the single parents and parents who are often flying solo!

[04:37] – Jesse got some great reading in while he was traveling and he has a book update for us!

[06:18] – I chat about a book I finished last week — which I almost didn’t talk about because of the crass language. But I found it so fascinating that I had to share.

[08:37] – My current drink (and what’s saving my life!) is a mix of Dandy Blendand Morning Motivator.

[12:21] – If you’re ready to live a healthier life, check out my 15 Days to a Healthier You course!

[13:01] – Jesse and I recap where we left off in our story the last time that we talked about it on the show.

[15:14] – We started asking for help and bringing on some business and personal help, which made such a difference.

[17:15] – I talk about how much exploded during this period, as well as a specific opportunity that gave us enough money to start looking at houses.

[20:13] – It was so thrilling to finally be able to buy a house with cash… and we thought it was going to be our “forever home.”

[21:52] – But then, we began to take a hard look at our lifestyle and what we had worked so hard for. Was this what we really wanted?

[25:22] – Jesse felt antsy, burnt out, and exhausted and we knew it was time for a change. So we began praying about what that would look like. And Tennessee just kept coming to our minds.

[30:26] – It felt crazy, but we decided to take an 18-month leap of faith and try relocating to Tennessee and renting a house. To play it “safe”, we didn’t sell our house in Kansas so that we could easily move back if we decided that Tennessee wasn’t a good fit. Well, that was five years ago. And we are so grateful to be here… even on the days when it’s been a challenge and we’ve missed Kansas and our extended family.

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

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  • Diane says:

    Oh I remember the free photo cards!! I ordered them that year. 🙂

  • Sarah D. says:

    I would love to just read the things you share on your podcasts. I feel like I’m missing out, but with homeschooling and everything else, I don’t have time to listen to long podcasts. I read a lot faster than y’all can talk. 🙂

    • Because of the personal nature of what we share — and because many of these things are better communicated via conversation — we’ve decided to keep it to podcasts. But you can listen to it on 1.5 speed and most of the podcasts would be 20 minutes or less that way! I love to listen to podcasts while I’m cooking/cleaning/driving/doing my makeup. I hope you’re able to find a time that works into your schedule to listen in!

      • Kate Lexi says:

        Hi Crystal,
        I just found your blog, thanks to Ultimate Bundles. I listen to/watch videos on YouTube at accelerated speeds, and would love to be able to do that with most podcasts, but how do you do that with yours? I see no buttons or where to change the settings on podcasts to enable the accelerated option. Will you please explain how to do that on a non-Mac laptop? Thanks.

    • Cristina Powers says:

      That would be my suggestion also, to listen to it while doing something else. I also don’t have time to just sit and listen so I usually wait until I work by myself 1-2 times a week so I am not doing it around others.

    • Weird says:

      For the first time in my life I love doing laundry. Haha! I have never folded so fast. If I watch TV while trying to fold laundry, I either get distracted and watch the show or miss important parts of the show. I know. Real life problems. Haha! Or I fold r-e-a-l-l-y slowly. So I just don’t watch much TV. But I strongly dislike laundry. However, I’m able to fully listen, which apparently speeds up my folding. I have no clue how that all works. Haha! I teach online(6-8AM) before my husband leaves for work and homeschool multiple children during the day, so I totally get it. This was the first podcast series I have listened to and really enjoy it. I secretly look forward to laundry now. Call me weird! 😜😂

  • Archie Davis Jr says:

    Your Podcast are great. Keep up the great work. I like the fact you and your Husband about the items you all share. Alot of people listen to the Podcast because they can relate to the things you all talk about. Like my professor told me 20 years ago and that is no one knows everything and we all can still learn.

  • Archie Davis Jr says:

    You are welcome. I just believe so many don’t understand they have to do what is best for their family. I like the fact that you talk about things a person’s can focus on. I believe so many forget that. Also I saw your video on markdowns. I would say like the day before the new sale sometimes meat is markdowns at Kroger. I know the Kroger I work at I got alot of Markdown Angus Nolan Ryan Patties. Like I tell others I am not a blogger but I am figuring other ways to get streams of income besides my job at Kroger. Keep up the great work.

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