Warning: Long post and no pictures!!
Hi readers and friends!
Today, I'd thought I'd share with everyone what I've been alluding to over the last couple of months (see here & here). Thanks for hanging around even when my posting was sparse. I appreciate every single one of you!
So let's get to it...
In the last month [& a halfish] Chris and I have made a big, life changing choice. We made it in the hopes that one day we will be able to have the future that both of us envision. Marriage, family, and our own home are all things that we want, but are unattainable in our current situation. I'm sure most of you know that living in California is very expensive. If you are not from here, it may shock you to hear that Chris & I pay $1,350 a month for a one bedroom, one bathroom, 623 square foot space...in an awful neighborhood. Obviously, this is crazy! Factor in gas [currently $4.21/gallon], food [a gallon of milk is around $4], and utility bills and we're lucky if we have two pennies left to rub together. I know that there are much more expensive places to live, but for our current situation, this one isn't working for us.
We have always talked about moving somewhere together, but were never able to agree on a place. One of the most important things to me is moving closer to my family, especially when we decide to have a family of our own. I want my children to grow up knowing their grandparents and cousins. I've never been shy about letting Chris know that at some point, we'd have to move. I was patient, and found it kind of worked itself out in the end. Chris ended up coming to the conclusion on his own and I'm so grateful for that. Otherwise, it would always be in the back of my mind if I felt I was forcing him to do something he didn't want to do.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is that we are moving to Atlanta at the end of the month! Who knows if this will be our permanent destination, but it puts us much closer to our families and friends.
Oh, and I QUIT MY JOB! I decided that quitting my job had a lot more pro's than con's. I understand that it is a tough job market and unemployment is really high. However, I also know that my job was not enough reason to stay in the situation I was in. I actually feel really happy knowing that I made a change for myself and even though it's scary, it's what is best for me.
There's the story, straight from the source! And now, we're all on the same page. Thank you so much for reading my blog today. I'd love to hear from anyone who has any road trip tips [we're taking the I-40 back with planned stops in the following cities: Flagstaff, Sedona, Albuquerque, OKC, Memphis, and Nashville]. Or if you just want to wish us luck or give us advice, I'd appreciate that too!
PS - Birthday giveaway will be posted on Wednesday...I'm so excited!