The Story Behind The Blog

I have been in Austin for over half a decade now, and I absolutely love the city. I find that it is so unique and offers something for everyone.

As we looked toward a new decade, a goal of mine was to get out, try new things and see what Austin has to offer that I hadn’t yet discovered. I find myself always going back to my local favorites, and while they are excellent, there is no harm in trying something new.

I am a realtor here in Austin, and clients are always asking for suggestions on what to do around town. So, I thought I would blog about my experiences, recommendations and what you have to do before you can call yourself a true Austinite.

These are all my opinions, and I am by no means an expert on most things discussed here (well, maybe when it comes to Mexican food and margaritas – I know a thing or two).

I hope you enjoy the journey as I blog for 365 days and discover something about the city that is new to you. I am always open to suggestions as a year’s worth of activities is a big list to compile.

As always, it’s a great day to be alive in Austin, Texas.

kristy-owen-headshot-rgb-web Kristy Owen, Realtor®
Realty Austin

53 Comments

  • What a great idea for a blog. I’m looking forward to reading about your year!

    Have fun!

    James <— (17 year Austinite)

    • James, I just realized you left this comment long before kickball, small world! PS. I checked out your website I had no idea you were such the photographer, you have some GREAT shots, absolutely fantastic – no wonder you won the contest from the Austin Vistor’s Beauru – Great Job. Have a great weekend!

  • Hi there Kristy,

    My name is Landon and I will be relocating to Austin the middle of next month. I am currently looking for a place to live, and I came across your blog.
    All this to say, I would love to connect with you at some point and chat about estate. I am also looking to get to know the city fairly quickly and your blog struck me as interesting. I don’t know if you would be open to it, but I would love to join in on some of your ventures to learn more about the city from someone who has lived there for a while. I am a professional photographer as well, and I would be more than happy to let you use some shots that I might take on your blog.

    Either way, I would love to connect! Thanks in advance.

    Landon Arnold
    The LA Photo

  • I love this idea! I am from San Antonio and love to come spend the day in Austin. I will keep reading! :)

  • Linda,

    Thank you so much for getting in touch. I read more about Third Coast Coffee and it is definately something that I would like to try out in the near future. From your website and what you shared with me it sounds like a unique Austin place, the types of places that I am trying to include!

    Thank you,
    Kristy

  • Dad Owen

    Cassie Fisher, I worked with a Joe Fisher at Lubrizol, he had a son named Cassie and a dog named gunner, would you be the same Cassie?

    Wonderful Austin Blog, great job!

  • Hey, this is the kind of online content I find really useful.
    Elementary structure, common events that really have an effect on our habits.
    Great work Kristy, I’ve subscribed it or Goggle reader to get up to speed with the city.
    I’m going to Austin for 4 months, beginning next September. Maybe I’ll stay 4 years, who knows

    Cheers

    Paulo > Portugal

  • Bob Jones

    This is a REALLY good list and blog. Please tell me your putting this in a soon-to-be-published book…

    • Bob – Thank you so much! I never expected the list to be so popular. Numerous people have suggested that – so we will see what happens! I hope you enjoy the year! Suggestions are always welcome!

  • My Red Hat chapter sponsors an annual Bluebonnet Train Ride; This is something that the women of Austin can participate in annually. Our next trip is April 10th with the Austin Steam Train Association. Just FYI on something that can be done in Austin!

  • Savanah

    City Wide Garage Sale happens about once a month or so, and it’s a pretty fun shopping experience at the Palmer Events Center. It’s mostly vintage or antique/collectibles, but it’s a big space with a lot of cool stuff.

  • Austin Urias

    Hey great IDEA!!! I’m not an Ausinite, but my dad graduated from UT, and he’s not to original so I’m one in spirit and plan on moving there in the near future. Thank you for all the great ideas of things to do, me and some friends are going to be in town for the weekend here soon and this has been a fantastic place to gather ideas. Keep it up!

  • Here’s to loving Austin unreasonably, I’m one of those freaks, too. Enjoying your fan page!

  • Tim

    This is amazing. Keep it up, I’m sure I represent one of the hundreds of people not leaving comments. Everyday I check your blog and see if I’ve done it or need to add it to my to do list. Your hard work is very much appreciated!

  • Daniel

    Thanks for posting this! I have been here for about a year and am always looking for things to do. This list will definitely fill in the gaps!

  • Sierra

    My boyfriend and I are moving from Nashville, TN! We have the same concept here, so I’ll be following you lots to prepare for the move and a new social life!!!

    I’m already very excited to head your way!

    Thank you for this – I’d be lost without it!

    • Larry

      I moved here from Nashville 12 years ago and at first I thought the two cities were very similar–especially because of their common interest in music. However, the two cities could not be more different. Fasten your seat belt–Austin is comparatively more progressive, more liberal,healthier, more open minded, more edgy and far more interesting. Keep an open mind, stay out of judgement, explore all there is to see and do and you will find Austin the best city you ever lived in!!

  • I love this blog, i have been in austin over 10 years and through the different phases of life, from grad school at UT through having a family I have always wanted one place togo to find out what is happening and what there is for me and my family to do. this is awesome, great idea.

  • My compliments to this outstanding blog, Kristy! I’m a (new) fan. :)

  • Bryan Perdue

    I just moved here a few weeks ago and now have a daily place to check out my next adventure. Thank you.

  • This new trailer is amazing!

  • Jeff Levos

    K.

    Thanks for coming to the game! Tess loved seeing you guys and it was a great end to a fun night for her.

    Jeff

  • Kate Owen

    Really enjoy reading your blog Kristy. It was so much fun seeing you over the weekend and being able to see our good friends and old neighbors. Keep up the good work!

  • Hello, I like your blog, gives me some ideas! I’m planning on launching a site next year that will have nearly the same theme…fun, but specific to nightlife and not specific to Austin…however Austin is where I’ll start cuz I live here. Anyways I was wondering if you’ve ever thought of selling ad space? I have an auto glass business and would love to have an ad or article here, however I realize my business isn’t really a “fun” destination! (Although a ton of people end up getting their cars broken into when they are out having fun ((sadly)) Anyways let me know!

    Happy blogging!

    Norm

  • Momof3

    Try S-H donuts on Manor Rd. Open 5-5, 7 days a week.

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much for your blog! My sister is coming to visit and I’ve found so much to do from your website that I’m afraid that we won’t have enough time! Keep the ideas coming!

  • Hi Kristy – your blog is amazing. What a great idea! I love to learn and try new things in Austin! This is so much fun.

  • Kristy,
    Have been enjoying your blog. Looking forward to more.
    Here is a community service event for your readers.
    Clear Your Clutter Day will be held on January 29, 2011 at IKEA Round Rock.
    NAPO-Austin (National Association of Professional Organizers) sponsors this FREE event for the public to donate household items, 3 boxes of shredding, electronics, etc.
    Check out the flyer at our website http://www.napoaustin.com/2011_Clear_Your_Clutter_Day.html
    Please email if you need more information.
    Thanks and keep up the good work

    Christina Potter

  • One of the great things about Austin is its strong community of slam poets. A poetry slam is a competition where 12 poets compete to win $100. The judging is done by the audience and the competition can get really intense. It’s a super fun evening. Expect cheering, boo-ing, and sometimes a sing-a-long! The Austin Poetry Slam is on Tuesday nights at the United States Art Authority. This is a good time, in a warm and welcoming environment. It’s a “Keep Austin Weird” way to spend a week night out.

  • Christoff Dorn

    Great stuff. I’m originally from Minneapolis and have been stuck in SC and FL for the last year and am looking to settle down in Austin because I miss that sense of fun and creativity. I haven’t had a chance to visit yet and won’t be moving for a year but with a heads up from the blog, I think I can move to Austin sight unseen. I look forward to becoming an Austinite.
    Cheers.

  • Val

    I love this blog! I’ve moved here to launch my entertainment app for Austin and your notes have helped clear the clutter when managing my whereabouts in this amazing city. I recommend this, and my app to all new Austinites.. We also have a mutual friend… I’d love to set up a time to chat. I can;t get enough of your words!- Valerie Cason

  • Dusty Lloyd

    A friend in Todos Santos, Mexico told me about your blog. Wanted to see what is driving business in the Real Estate Community in Austin. I hear this is a big success.

  • Kaia

    What an awesome idea!

  • Tdaws21

    I have really enjoyed your entries. Please keep them coming!

  • Austintx

    Cool idea, but I really like someone who has grown up here and raised…. Those people really know what to do in the city…your half a decade is a kinda of a joke…sorry :/

  • Andrew Ferri

    I have only been in Austin for almost a year and I love this site. Way better than any other the other sites out there do512 or austin360. Yours is so much more informative, unique and filled with tons of great ideas that are right on your front page. Practically everything you suggest I think is a great idea and want to do. While when I go to do512 half of the time is the same events every week and austin360 is a labyrinthy maze that I dont even know where to start looking for something useful. Keep it up!

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your kind words regarding the blog. I strive to keep the content relevant and up to date! I hope that it continues to be a tool as you explore our great city! Welcome to Austin.

      KRisty

    • 365thingsaustin

      Hi Andrew, thank you for you kind words!  I am so happy that you find the site useful. My goal is to keep things relevant and exciting. Suggestions are always welcome!

  • M.

    I’m in Austin for the summer and someone directed me to your blog. Being alive in Austin has become a little bit greater thanks to you! :)

    • 365thingsaustin

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share! I am glad that you are enjoying the blog. Austin is such a great city, enjoy your summer! 

  • Austinnate

    LOVE your blog! Keep it up!!! 

  • Great site, Kristy!  I’d love to connect!

  • Great blog, Kristy! My association is coming to Austin in November for our annual conference. I’d love to include a link to your blog in our upcoming newsletter. Thanks!

  • Holland

    I’ve lived here my whole life and I feel like I’ve found a gem with this site. Austin is so diverse and so fun, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your attention to all of the unique and community events Austin has to offer. I’m looking forward to following this as I too continue to adventure in my home town – I don’t think I can ever get bored here. Thanks again for a fun, entertaining and educational blog.

  • Genevieve Kissinger

    Hi Kristy! I have been a fan of the facebook and the instagram page for awhile now and I have to say this is the first time I’ve read the back story to the blog. I’m really impressed! I’m originally from Dallas, and I’ve moved down to Austin for the summer to finish school. My degree is in Management with a minor in marketing, with my focus in social media. I’d love to meet you and get to know a little more about how you run your pages.

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