I've been Southern Charmed!

Dear Wild Things – 

I am so excited to share that I am moving down to Charleston, South Carolina!  I am so excited to be by the beach!  I’m excited to be in a warmer climate!  And I’m excited to make a decision that supports a life I want!  And I’m excited for so much more that there’s a good chance this post comes with a lot of exclamation points!!  

Signs that the universe had my back (aka how this came to be)

Ten years ago, I sold all my belongings, stuffed what was left into 2 suitcases and set off for grad school in California.  From there, the perpetual wanderlust gypsy seed was planted.  Post grad school I took a job in a rotational program where moving was not just a job requirement, it was part of the job title.  I found myself all around the country from Scottsdale to Manhattan to Dallas.  Eventually this lifestyle caught up to me.  I felt completely scattered and needed to feel grounded.  So I moved back home, to Massachusetts, to be closer to my family and all that was familiar. 

That was 3 years ago.  And my inner wanderlusting gypsy is burning again.  I so wish I could be a good New Englander like my family and so many of my friends.  While I do love the Patriots and LL Bean, I just don’t have it in me to stay strong through the cold winters and dark nights.  It’s just not me.  

I remember a few months ago, I was talking to my mom about just wanting to live in a small beach town with a low cost of living while maintaining a stable income (to pay off those grad school student loans).  At the time, neither of us could think of anything but clearly the universe was listening.  Or maybe I was already on this path.  

Either way, I was completely surprised when an opportunity to become a remote employee presented itself at work.  I could move anywhere I wanted AND keep my job.  Incredible!  

The moment I heard my inner voice LOUD and CLEAR!

So if you thought I decided to move to Charleston right away, you’d be wrong. 

I knew I wanted to stay on the east coast to keep work travel simple.  I wanted somewhere with a lower cost of living and I wanted to live somewhere where I could renew my sense of adventure.  So I narrowed in on North Carolina and South Carolina and set out to do some city and apartment hunting in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Charleston.  

On the last day of my trip, I was in Charlotte and I was exhausted.  I felt like I needed to do more apartment hunting and ensure I was getting a full feel of this city before I made a decision.  I was sitting in Panera, glued to apartments.com, and feeling completely uninspired.  

In that moment, I closed my laptop, decided to make a Target run (because no matter what city you’re in a Target run always seems appropriate), and then take myself to a movie.  I imagined myself like one of those enlightened spirit junkies that completely trusted my feelings without judgement.  

So I put away the “shoulds” and “need tos” and went to see Room (btw I totally recommend reading the book first…double btw I’m also always surprised how many people don’t know this was a book!).  In the last scene, the snow begins to fall and I am fully and clearly aware of my inner voice loudly saying “Well thank god I don’t have to deal what that (snow) anymore…SINCE I’M MOVING TO CHARLESTON!”.  

And there it was.  In a moment where the audience was trying to quiet their sniffles before the house lights came up, I was giggling at the clarity of my inner voice.  I’m moving to Charleston!

Everything’s falling into place…as it should be!  

It seemed a bit too good to be true when everything began aligning, especially with finding an apartment.  At first I wasn’t all that inspired by my options but as I kept researching things kept aligning.  And along the way everyone was so helpful and kind!  

There are so many times when I’ve wondered why so much in life felt like a battle!  This was quite the opposite.  The flow was so easy and light.  

Now normally I would be quite hesitant when this type of ease occurs.  Has this happened to you?  And you start wondering “When is the other shoe gonna drop?”  Well this time I’ve leaving that mindset behind.  I am in the process of building the life that I want and the Universe has been supporting me along the way.  And that’s what I’m going to focus on.  Of course I can build the life I want and get the apartment I want!  It doesn’t need to be a battle.  

What’s next?

I’m going to end this post as it began.  I’m so excited!  This renewed sense of adventure will for sure find its way into this blog!  The energy will strengthen my intuition and relationship with the universe.  It’s so important to me that this blog not be a superficial series of look at my awesome life posts.  I want to help you find more joy, excitement, and overall happiness in your life.  We don’t have to be victims of circumstance.  We can be empowered architects of our lives.  And the more I can learn, the more I can share.