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I have some big news...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

If you follow me on instagram then you've already heard the news but if not...
I FINALLY GOT MY LICENSE!!

I never intended to wait this long to get my license. I actually never really considered it in high school. Even though I grew up in the country I always had my mom or a friend to drive me places so it wasn't really needed. I remember sitting in homeroom hearing my friends and acquaintances talk about drivers ed the previous night and feeling like "what? we're old enough for that already?!" The years passed and I started to get freaked out by the idea of driving. For some reason me driving a car just seemed too strange. I knew I eventually wanted my license but I was in no rush at all.

It's been on my list of goals for a few years now and each year I had put it off. But for some reason I just knew this was the year, something was (is) different. I'm no longer content cooped up in my house. I need to get out and explore. I mean, sure, it's not that bad but I really really felt trapped and getting my license was the first step in finding a cure for this. 

Learning to drive was fun, honestly. I'll admit it was definitely scary at first. I would move over in my lane when a car was coming from the opposite direction in their lane, I wasn't able to take a hand off the wheel to scratch my nose and I always felt like I was drifting to the right (which I wasn't!) But one day it was like something clicked and I wasn't nervous anymore. I could give you a list of a thousand little changes I see in my driving already. Obviously I still have a lot to learn but I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of my progress this far.

I went out for the day yesterday because of course I'm going to go drive around after I get my license.  I can't even believe it when I think about it but that was literally the first time I've been somewhere alone. I'm so in love how this feels, it's the best. It is so liberating. My car can take me just about anywhere and that's such a great thought.

Today I'm, oddly enough, spending the day at home to catch up on some work I got backed up from all the excitement of the last few days but you best believe when I'm finished I'll be planning some awesome day trips to take in the very near future. I'm definitely down to hear any suggestions of must visit places anywhere near Cleveland, Erie, Pittsburgh, etc. area. I'm really into silly roadside attractions and fun museums!
xoxo

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  1. Congratulations! Having a car to explore is totally freeing. Can't wait to see all the fun adventures you'll be on soon.

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  2. Oh wow Kaylah, congratulations! I don't have my license either, but seeing you achieve your goal is helping me pluck up the courage to go for it!

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  3. Congrats!
    I am saving for getting my license as well. I don't know how that is in the U.S.A, but here in the Netherlands it is ridiculously expensive to get it (like 2000 euro's ). I am really excited to get lessons though, I think I will like driving :)

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    1. What?! That's insane! It was $23 for me to get my license.

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    2. wow thats SO cheap! i live in the netherlands too, its 1800 euro's... superduper expensive! im trying to like driving, tommorow's my third lesson but im so scared haha. reading your blog gives me hope and makes me less afraid so im going for it!:)

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  4. Congratulations! I think the biggest thing ALL drivers need to remember is to pay attention! You need to make sure that you are protecting yourself from the idiots on the road. That being said, going places alone for the first time is really amazing. Shopping is AWESOME alone. You can look at any dumb old thing for 45 minutes without feeling bad! haha.

    Have Fun!

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  5. AH! Congrats Kaylah! I'm in the same boat as you, I'm twenty one, but have never really had to worry about driving around before due to family and friends always driving wherever I needed it. But you're right something about this year has changed and I've gotten my permit for the third time and I'm not going to just let it expire again. Now I just have to get used to getting myself driving more so I can take the test.

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  6. Congratulations! I also had to save a lot of money, because in Austria you have to pay ~1500€ but I'm so glad that I've got it now :)
    It's a feeling of freedom :D

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  7. Congrats again!!
    I've had my license for a few years (it takes 3 years to get your full license in Canada, long process!), but I only got my first car back in February. After having moved out to the country on my own over a year and a half ago, finally having a car, even just to go grocery shopping, is the best feeling! Enjoy your freedom! And maybe come visit Canada sometime. We're so darn close!

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  8. Congratulations! Good job doing it now. Better late than never!
    I hope you have so much fun haha

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  9. Congrats on this big step!
    I'll learn it too soon, and I'm really scared about it hahah It is also very expensive here in Brazil too, but I live in a crazy big city and if you don't have a car it takes hours and hours to get to anywhere with subway and bus.

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  10. Have you ever been to Yellow Springs, Ohio? It's a cute little funky art town...

    http://www.npr.org/2012/08/29/158705907/yellow-springs-ohio-art-is-the-core-of-this-city

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  11. Yeees! Congrats! It's very expensive in Germany as well, I paid around 2000€ for it - but I go to Uni for free, so that's alright ;)

    Enjoy the time you can spend in your car (finally!)
    Maria

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  12. CONGRATS!!

    Wow - it's super complicated to get a license in BC, Canada. You do a written test, and have to have a Learner's Permit for at least a year, or six months if you do a government-approved driver's education program. Then you do a road driving test to get a Novice Permit, which has all sorts of restrictions, which you have to keep for at least two years. THEN you do another road driving test to get your full license. It takes forever, and I'm still in the Learner's Phase!

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  13. Congrats!
    I'm doing mine next month... so nervous!

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  14. Congratulations! I'm working on getting mine right now, it's cost me over £1000 in lessons so far but I will get there eventually! :)

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  15. Crazy exciting!
    I was late to get my driver's license, too, in my 20s, in fact.

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  16. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you! :) Also you've inspired me to start driving again! I got my license when I was 17 but I started getting irrationally scared of driving and stopped when I was 18. I've been wanting to start again for years but reading your posts definitely set the wheels in motion (pun intended) and I already asked my dad to start re-teaching me how to drive. yay!

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  17. congratulations!!! have fun driving!

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  18. CONGRATS! I know what you mean about taking your time and feeling a bit scared about driving, but I myself haven't gotten my license. I mean, I live in a city where public transportation can get you cities away. But I do have to get my license this year. It just seem like the right time. Go conquer those roads!

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  19. aww those photographs are cute :D
    congratulations on passing your test! it's the best feeling ever! xx

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  20. Congratulations! Isn't it so great to have that independence now? Have fun exploring!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  21. Congratulations!!!! I'm going to be taking my test soon and I'm SO scared about it!

    Becky
    xx

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  22. Congrats! Must be an amazing feeling^^

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  23. Congratulations! Such a good feeling - I remember driving alone for the first time and just loving the freedom! Enjoy! xxx

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  24. I took a long time to get my license as well. I had a permit since I was 15, but I didn't get my license until I was 22. My boyfriend is 23 and still doesn't have it. I used to have a friend who was 25 and is still unlicensed. Nothing to be ashamed about!

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  25. YEAH! Congratulations! you'll love your new found freedom on the road, you'll wonder how did you ever not drive!

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  26. congratulations!!!!!!! Today I had my 4th ride, it was terrible, I impeded two buses...

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  27. I know exactly what you mean - I've had a very similar experience, except now I really do NEED to get my license, but I still have anxiety about it! But it's nice to know I'm not alone, and that you'll serve as inspiration for me to get mine!! :) Congratulations, lovely!!

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  28. Congratulations!!! I have a friend who's 28 and he's never had a license. He was in a serious accident as a child though, so I really don't think he'll ever come around. Anyway, my favorite thing about driving is being alone and screaming/singing awfully in the car! Nothing compares! :)

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  29. Way to go, girl! :D

    I just got my license 2 summers ago at the age of 20. I never ever wanted to drive (not even bumper cars!), but after a series of events happened in my family leaving us without a driver for a couple months, it was finally time to suck it and get the darn thing. I still rarely use it but it's good to know it's there if I ever really need it!

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  30. oh thats fabulous...although as i scrolled down i so thought you were going to say you were and expectant mother to be! i was clutching my face going oh my oh my!!!! xxx

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  31. WOOO! Congratulations! Enjoy your new found freedom, from a fellow VW driver across the pond :P Rosie x

    www.everywordhandwritten.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. congraaats!!

    http://imeowlife.blogspot.ro/

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  33. Congrats! I can't wait to see what adventures you have out on the road. Just drive safe now ;D

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  34. Yay! Congrats!

    xo Becky
    www.seductivemania.com

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  35. Congratulations Kaylah! I thought you were going to say "I'm pregnant!" at first, that seems to be a trend lately. I have my beginners (in Ontario we have a three tier system, I have the first step) and I am planning on getting the second level this summer.

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  36. COngratulations! You were brave to face your fears, and now you can go anywhere! Can't wait to see your post about the new places we will explore, by yourself :)It's so good to have your own car, I know how it feels! You remember " I feel like I want to go to this place" or " I want to go there to buy this" :)

    Kisses
    Sofia G

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  37. Congrats! You're adorable. I know how you feel...I put off getting my license until I was in my early twenties. It was such a relief when I finally went through with it!

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  38. Yay! "Liberating" is definitely the best word to describe that feeling of when you first get to drive somewhere (anywhere) on your own! Happy for you :)

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  39. Hurrah! Congrats to you, lady! I got my license when I was 16, but in MA you HAVE to take drivers ed if you're under 18, which costs around $800 bucks. I guess the plus side if money off on your insurance, but still!

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  40. Congrats, well done! I'm 39 and still haven't got a license and every year it seems to become a bigger mountain to climb. Perhaps this is the summer to make it happen :)

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  41. Ahaaah! So cute! Happy for you!

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  42. Congrats girl! Just think of all the new thrifting possibilities :)

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  43. Congrats! Love your pics, you look so excited :)

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  44. Congrats! Your pics are so cute and you look totally thrilled :)

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  45. Congrats! Have fun adventuring and be safe!

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  46. Congratulations! I am still learning how to drive (im 21) but I figured one day I will learn. I have a feeling I would feel more like learning if I had my own car. Kinda like you did.

    I can't wait to see where you go on your new alone adventures!

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  47. Congratulations! I'm 24 and still sans licence! Before this year I never really thought about getting my licence (except for when family and friends harassed me about it - which just made me not want to hah). Then all of a sudden something clicked and I wanted to do it! I'm going a lot slower than you, I don't have a lot of spare time to practice and when I do I get very nervous :(
    But you have given me such inspiration to push myself and try harder!
    I'm so happy for you!

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  48. Good for you! I didn't get my license until I was 21, and that was only because I really really needed to in order to keep my job. It was awful at first, because I wasn't ready. I remember my boyfriend was trying to teach me in his car (he drives a stick shift) and I just sat there and cried! Looking back, it's so silly to think I was so terrified to do something that now is second nature. It does give you a lot more freedom if you can't ride a bike everywhere you need to go. That's what I did for a while...I started off walking (because i was afraid of bikes, too!) to work every day, which was fine but once winter hits you have to rely on other people to get you places. My mother didn't learn to drive until she was 28. I think that's why I never really got it when everyone else did, at age 16. I just kept thinking to myself.... why are 16 year olds driving? Anyway, congrats. It's a small feat, but a feat none the less!

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  49. Come to Pittsburgh! You would love the Warhol and the Matress Factory, and the Penn Ave. gallery crawl the first Friday of every month.

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  50. congrats, i'm 31 and still don't know how to drive. as for road trips, have you been to the lego museum in Bellaire, OH? it's right by wheeling, WV. it's SO GOOD.
    http://www.theplasticbrickmuseum.com/

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  51. Congrats! If you travel to Pittsburgh, you should check out the Warhol Museum! It is really fun there. They have a photo booth in the bottom section - it is an old style one with nice paper and it is black and white! The Carnegie Museum is good, too - you can look at art and then natural history, like the different animals and birds (the birds section is really good), and mummies.

    Zenith is really good vegetarian food (I miss Sunday brunch since I moved), plus it is an antique shop throughout, so someone can actually purchase the table that you are having your meal on! It is really cool.

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  52. I am 23, and just started learning to drive this past January. What a coincidence that I came upon this post this morning. Today is the day I take my test! I haven’t looked at your blog in months, it seems. I was busy planning an art show (my first true, grown-up venture) and had no time for putzing on the internets, but got the web in my new house last night, couldn’t sleep, got up and found this. This has gotta be a sign. Wish me luck. I’m happy for you and am super excited and not (as) nervous anymore!

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  53. I'm 26 and made my road test appointment just minutes ago. Hopefully on Wednesday I will be a licensed driver and won't be carrying this silly anxiety with me anymore! I've been putting this off for 10 years. How ridiculous is that?

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    1. That's not ridiculous at all!

      Good luck!!! :D

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