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.

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