Home sweet home.

It’s official – I’m all moved in at my mom’s house. Well, my things are all packed up in the garage. I’ll be there for a few weeks until I make the move to Washington, D.C. (move date still to be decided)

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The first night sleeping there (Saturday) was weird. It’s going to take some adjusting to get used to sleeping there again, I typically can’t sleep well when I’m somewhere new, but I think I will adjust. I like having people to hang out with on a regular basis. All I have to do is walk upstairs and there are so many puppies and people to hang out with. But at the end of the day I’m really excited to move past these next couple of weeks and make my way up to D.C. Patience definitely isn’t high on my list of virtues, but I’ll survive. There’s still so much to accomplish before I leave, so many items on my to-do list.

Next on the list, going away party this coming Saturday. To say I’m excited to see my friends would be an understatement.

Apartment searching: Day 1

We are about to head out for day two of the apartment hunt, and I am exhausted. I’m relieved that today we will be driving to places in Virginia and Maryland rather than walking all over D.C. It’s been nearly two years since I graduated from college, and I’ve already forgotten how tiring it is walking everywhere. That is definitely something it’s going to take a lot of getting used to.

Good news is we did find one reasonably priced place that I liked yesterday. It’s close to the main campus of Georgetown and a bit of a hike to the graduate school, but I really liked it. And it was in a pretty area. Today we are going to look at places outside of the city to see if there is anything we like. I’m not sure if I would rather live in or out of the city, but I guess it depends on the place. We are going to start in Virginia and work our way around to Maryland. I think I’ve convinced mom to get crab legs for dinner, but we will see how that holds out. You haven’t seen picky when it comes to choosing a restaurant.

Well, off we go.

The hunt begins.

My mom and I are leaving Wednesday night to head up to the DC area and begin our apartment hunt. We have two days to find a place I can afford and my mom finds suitable. Some would say this is an impossible task. There is only one way to find out.

As the weeks count down to when I will be leaving on my new adventure I’ve started really paying attention to the things I will miss the most. At the top of the list, of course, is my wonderful family. There are so many days when I need a break from the day, and all I have to do is call up my mom or Dave for lunch or dinner and the day becomes so much better. If I’ve had a rough day I just text Haley or Maria to hang out, go grab drinks or ride bikes with Maria. It’s going to be a 6 hour drive to do those things now. Nearly all of my best friends have been in my life for about 10 years. It’s safe to say that I rarely bring new friends into my life, so I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do with them being so far away. I know I will make new friends, and I will visit Charlotte and they will come to DC. It just won’t be the same, and it’s making me a little sad.

Mom keeps mentioning how she wants to go on a vacation, and while I love the beach, I really don’t want to leave this amazing city until I have to. I have lived in Charlotte my entire life, and often complained about how little there is to do, how everything is so spread out and so much more. But the truth is I love being a Charlotte native, I love being a Carolina girl. That’s not going to change, but it’s going to be hard adjusting to living somewhere else. When I say I’m moving everyone has a piece of advice, and everyone knows someone who lives in the DC area. Everyone. If you don’t believe me ask people you know or meet. I know the intentions are all well, but trying to remember everything everyone says it’s becoming a little overwhelming. I’m a different kind of person. I like to be alone, until I don’t. It’s hard for me to make friends because of this. The amazing group of people I’ve decided to surround myself with understand that I’m rarely in the mood to go out, and often prefer doing more low key things. It’s hard to find people who understand you aren’t being rude when you say no to going out because you would rather hang out with your cats and read one book non-stop until it’s complete.

FriendsI guess what it comes down to is, I am so excited to move and start school and begin life in a whole new place. It’s something I’ve never done, and it’s about time I’m pushed out of my comfort zone. But as the time gets closer it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with how much I am going to miss the people who are really important to me. I’m not an emotional person, for the most part, but when I think about how Haley can’t just come over when I’m having a moment, or Maria can’t meet me after work to ride bikes, or Sav can’t bring the pups over for a night of painting and hanging out, or Dave can’t just drive 20 minutes to meet me for lunch, or I can’t just stop by mom’s work to surprise her, it nearly brings me to tears.

My friends are more than your average friends, they are family. No matter what happens in life my best friends will always be there, and I know when I really need them there isn’t anything that can stop them from making the trip to DC. It’s just a lot of change at one time, and it really makes you appreciate the little things and the time you have with the people you love.

The beginning.

As I make my way from Charlotte to Washington, D.C. I wanted everyone I know and love to feel like they were on this journey with me. It’s going to be more than difficult to keep in touch with all of my friends and family on a regular basis, so I thought I would put my writing skills to use and start blogging again.

I can’t promise my posts and stories will be interesting, or even well written for that matter. But I can promise I will update as much as possible as I make my way to D.C. This will be the first time I have lived outside of our lovely North Carolina city, so to say I’m a little nervous would be an understatement. When I think about having to meet all new people, live in a completely unfamiliar place, hundreds of miles away from my family – it makes me want to curl up and never leave my apartment again. But I’m taking a chance, putting all of my faith in God to lead me where I should go and going for it.

Attending Georgetown University for its Master’s in Journalism program has been a dream of mine for some time, one I wasn’t sure would actually come to fruition. But here I am, years after deciding where I wanted to go, only a month or so away from packing up everything I own, including my two little fur babies, and starting a new school, life, career, everything. It’s going to be an amazing journey, and I honestly can’t wait.

A week ago I visited Washington, D.C. to see the school I will soon call home. For a while I had let the stress and anxiety of moving overwhelm me, but when I saw the building, classrooms and city all of that nervousness was replaced by excitement. If I could pack up and move tomorrow I would, without hesitation. I may have gotten lost every time my boyfriend, Keith, let me take the lead, my feet and legs may have nearly fallen off from all of the walking, but it’s such an amazing city that I can’t wait to call home. (Sorry mom, I know home is only where you and Sav are – don’t yell at me!)

“God is within her she will not fall. God will help her at break of day.”

Psalm 46:5