Since making the big trek down to Birmingham about two weeks ago, I’ve learned some harsh realities about moving. The main one being, it’s not easy – physically or emotionally. Now, to be fair I had no illusions that it would simple, but going into it I was blinded by the overall excitement – our own apartment! Our own furniture! No one else touching my stuff! But actually being down here has been harder then I could have imagined.
Although we’re unpacked by now, the process to getting there was challenging. Organizing the kitchen, and finding places for all of the stuff I brought with me – you don’t realize how much crap you have until you try to fit it into a one bedroom apartment. And IKEA furniture is inexpensive for a reason! As much as I love it all put together, it was a nightmare to get it done, taking several people and almost a whole day. I love the way that everything has come together though, and I decided to do a little series here on the blog showing my favorite little elements of each room, starting with our bedroom.
I also wanted to use this series to talk a little bit about the emotional difficulties of moving to a whole new place, because I think it doesn’t always get touched on enough. Moving to Birmingham has been hard. I love the area that we’re living in, and our little apartment. I love the weather and proximity to grocery stores, and shops, and even an outdoor mall. But I don’t love not knowing anyone here.
I’m incredibly optimistic about making friends here, but it’s hard to get started especially when I’m still in the process of finding a job and up until yesterday I couldn’t drive my car because of a problem with my car insurance (finally fixed- yay!!!) And while I’ve definitely been filling my time getting things set-up, applying like crazy for non-profit jobs and obsessively planning in my Happy Planner(s) (maybe a post on that soon!), it still gets a little lonely and sad all by myself while Brin is at work. Like, I said I’ve been keeping busy, but there’s only so much I can do here. That’s why I’m really excited to get back into blogging, so that I can share these experiences with other people, and to help me focus on the good things – like the happy places we’ve cultivated here in our little home!
I can’t wait to continue posting this little series and sharing my experiences – good and bad – with moving!
Thanks for reading!