Why We Are Moving (and 3 Things We Did to Prepare)

Why we left Atlanta, Georgia to move to Charleston, West Virginia

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We’ve announced it all over social media but I guess this makes it blog-official. Brandon and I are leaving Atlanta, Georgia and moving to Charleston, West Virginia. Culturally, it’s a huge move but we are very excited about it. It’s something we’ve tossed back and forth between us for the last few years. We have loved the city so much it was hard to imagine leaving it. Ultimately it came down to one thing – family.

Since moving to Atlanta, GA in 2014 we’ve been alone here. My family all live in either West Virginia or Florida and we aren’t in contact with Brandon’s family. It’s a strange feeling, being so alone in such a huge lively city. Throughout the year we are so busy we don’t really notice. On holidays or special occasions, we definitely notice. The recent we took to visit family confirmed our decision, we wanted to move.

Of course, moving required that a lot of pieces fell into place.

Of course, moving required that a lot of pieces fell into place. Neither of us wanted to give up our careers, we needed to find a pet-friendly place with a yard, and we wanted to be close to the city which, in West Virginia, means Charleston. Our lease in Atlanta was coming to an end (5/31) and we knew if we were going to move we needed to go now because a month-to-month lease where we were living in Atlanta was going to be way more than we were willing to pay.

The biggest obstacle was going to be my career. How could I move without walking away from the job I love? The only solution was to get approval to begin working remote from home full-time which I ultimately did (I’ll share the how in a later post).

We found an apartment and while it doesn’t exactly have a yard, it’s good enough. It’s a corner apartment on the ground floor and the backdoor opens to a greenbelt. It’s not fenced but having it right outside our backdoor means that neither of us have to walk through an apartment complex, down an elevator, and out to a dog park every time one of the dogs has to potty. Of course, this means we have to put off house-hunting for a little bit but that’s ok.

This move is about being near family, finding new balance, and pursuing new adventures.

This move is about being near family, finding new balance, and pursuing new adventures. We are planning a couple of weekend trips to Cincinnati, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York, Washington DC, and other nearby cities. I can’t wait to share those adventures with you!

I’m also hoping to convince my mom to pass down all of the family skills I never bothered to learn when I was a kid. Every woman in my family (except me and a few others in this generation) excelled at gardening, canning, quilting, knitting, and sewing. Is it in my genes or am I going to be an epic failure? I suppose only time will tell but I’m going to try.

We are ready for this new journey. It’s a big change but we are ready for it. Here are a couple of things we did to prepare for our upcoming move so we weren’t stressed out at the last minute (even though there’s still a bit of stress, of course).

The top 3 things we did to prepare for our move…

I want to quickly drop an enormous THANK YOU to those of you that sent me packing / moving tips via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I put a lot of your suggestions into actions and y’all are smart!!! Especially the tip from Kella, Jess, and Dawn about a “First Morning” box with our coffee, mugs, powdered creamer, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and extra linens. I have that box set aside already and I can already tell that’s going to be fabulous!

Read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo

This book came recommended by artist + Californian, Dawnri. I’d heard of the book before but since we purged SO. MUCH. STUFF. when we moved in 2014 I didn’t really think I needed it. I was like, ehhhh, we’ve purged already; I don’t need this book. Y’all, I needed this book! I was able to dump so much stuff that we would have otherwise packed and taken with us. Less stuff means fewer boxes and fewer boxes means an easier move. Yay!

Researched utilities and internet service in the new area

Since Brandon and I will both be working remote-from-home once we move it was super important to us to have the internet hooked up ASAP. Some places require that you schedule new service at least 5 – 7 days in advance and the last thing we wanted was to be in the mountains with no internet and unable to log in for our jobs. Eek! Right? As soon as we confirmed our new address I called around to find out who provided electricity, water/sewer, trash, gas, cable/internet, etc to schedule the installs and find out about deposit requirements. Now I know that all of my installations are scheduled, deposits are paid, and I don’t have to fret about arriving and getting it done asap.

Scheduled new appointments

I’ve already contacted a doctor, a dentist, an OBGYN, and a veterinarian in the area and scheduled various appointments during our first 60 days in our new city. If you’re anything like me, it sometimes takes an appointment or two before you find a doctor you really “vibe” with and I hate stressing over doctor’s at the last minute. I like to feel established in a new city soon after arrival. Feeling like I have healthcare and pet care providers helps me feel secure. Different areas also have different vaccination recommendations for animals so I like to have my dogs seen by a local vet and get them everything they need to stay healthy in the new wilderness of Charleston, West Virginia.

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Now, all I have left to do is shut off utilities here, finish packing boxes, and hit the road! 

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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