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June 24, 2009
Aerial view of SouthPark

Aerial view of SouthPark

I am beyond thrilled to share that we  have officially signed a lease for our new home in Charlotte. We’ll be living in Southpark – close to work, friends, and the mall ;). This will be our first home together as a new family and it’s got me thinking about all that goes into making a foreign city my home.

The first time I moved away from home to Raleigh, it was a surreal experience. I was a freshman at NC State and couldn’t get into college life fast enough – all I wanted was to feel comfortable and at home in an environment that felt anything but, no matter how much fun I was having. Raleigh didn’t truly feel like home to me until I was in my own apartment and had made some of the connections that really cement your soul to a place – knowing enough people to lose touch and run into them again on the street, a hairstylist and dentist that I loved, jobs that I loved and jobs that I hated, volunteer commitments, etc. After seven years, Raleigh was truly home, but I am ready for the next challenge.

I don’t anticipate having all the same anxieties about moving to Charlotte, but some challenges never change about learning a new place. Learning my way around town means a lot more than knowing the back roads or understanding 77 vs 485 vs 581 – I’m not even sure I have those right yet. But I can’t wait to have memories associated with the city, to look back and remember what my perceptions of the city were in August 2009 and whether or not those first impressions held true.

But this time, instead of being three hours apart, we will discover this new city together. What a gift to start our new life completely fresh – we are both preparing for exciting new challenges in work, family, and home. For now, I just have to squirm in my own excited impatience and know that August – between moving, wedding and traveling to Europe – will be here soon, will be crazy and I will cherish every second of it.

What makes “home” for you? What makes “home” for you in Charlotte?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. anna permalink
    June 25, 2009 9:23 pm

    i love it. i love the blog. i love the new home. i love that you put this thing together and are sharing your life, very beautifully written, with all of us. its so good. and such a good idea. maybe i will copy you, if you dont mind.

    i love you and i can’t wait to see you in a fast few weeks. please blog more. may i request a bachelorette weekend play by play?

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