Moving, Life and Work Update

Hi there! This post is a little random as usually I stick to more specific topics. I’ve been a little scatterbrained the past couple weeks, so I thought I would check in and share all the hecticness that’s been happening!

After my last day at my job, I had five days to pack up life belongings and say my goodbyes. My mom flew out to help me make the drive and we had a blast.

If you have been following me along on Instagram, you’d have noticed that we made the drive from Seattle and arrived safely in Nashville. Of course, we had to take this obligatory photo once we crossed state lines.

Dogs in Tennessee
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Packing up and shipping out

I shipped 23 boxes via UPS. I’m not sure if my local mail & ship shop loved me or hated me for the business. Total cost was just under $900 – yikes! But they did give me 15% off when I asked for a discount πŸ™‚

Here’s the rundown:

  • Seattle to Nashville was a 2,600 mile drive
  • Somehow we detoured through Iowa and Illinois (??)
  • My gas guzzling, weighed down SUV went through 9 tanks of gas
  • I drove roughly 1100, 1000, and 500 miles each day over the course of 2.5 days
  • Bathroom breaks and coffee/food fill-ups were only permitted when stopping for gas (gotta make good use of time!)

Apartment life

I was a little worried about my new apartment. I lived in brand new apartments in Seattle, so I was a bit nervous about signing a lease with an older apartment building. I also picked an apartment that wasn’t downtown, so I was also nervous about being too far out from people and things to do.

Well, it turns out I was worried for nothing. My new apartment has been remodeled and looks great, everything seems shiny and new and it’s super pet friendly. I’m close to everything, people are super nice and I can hear the crickets. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I have been listening to construction noise every day for the past two years. Crickets sound amazing.

Now that I’ve moved out of my old place, I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of what my old apartment looked like. I stuck with the model photos, as my building is brand new and every apartment looked exactly like this.

Living Room

Kitchen

Bathroom

Roof Clubhouse

My new place doesn’t really have any amenities except for a gym, but that’s ok. And I miss grabbing a free carafe cup out of the fancy coffee machine every day, but I can make my own πŸ™‚ Plus I’m saving money, which is the greatest thing of all!

Furniture

Since I sold all my furniture in Seattle, I had to start fresh in Nashville. I know I’ll be sticking around in Nashville for quite some time, I’m at the point in my life where it’s time to buy long term and quality pieces. In Seattle I purchased primarily used or cheap furniture because I knew my stay wouldn’t extend past a couple years.

A couple months prior to my move, I started locking in and ordering pieces, mostly from Wayfair. It’s one of my favorite brands and their quality and customer service is top notch. They have something for everyone, so I was quite happy with my budget and what I spent.

Life in Tennessee

I’ve been in Nashville for two weeks and there are some distinctive things that stand out. I’ve lived in Florida for most of my life, so nothing should have come as a huge surprise. However, spending two years in Seattle has made me a little more expectant of things.

Interesting things about Tennessee:

  • There’s no recycling, anywhere. I’m having some major stress about this and my mother thinks I should start a movement. *Edit – some neighborhoods have a once a month curbside pickup. Mine does not. I still have yet to see any recycling cans next to garbage cans while out anywhere.
  • Apparently you can only buy wine at Spirit stores (thank you Target lady for telling me this when I asked her where the wine aisle was)
  • You can’t buy alcohol on Sundays (unless you’re ordering a drink at a restaurant)
  • Things move at a slower pace
  • Everyone is genuinely nice and wants to make sure you are having a great day

I can’t complain about the last two. I’ve been ready to slow it down a notch and go back to being surrounded by nice and friendly people. Seattle was a somewhat snobby town and I just didn’t fit in with the masses.

Freelancing

Finally, let’s talk about work!

Freelancing is scary and exciting at the same time. I’m having my best month yet (more to come at next month’s online income report) but I’ve been frazzled and stressed out. I took on way too much work while needing time off, and I paid for it with exhaustion and possibly gray hairs.

I’m hustling hard and it’s working so far, but I still worry about where I’ll be a few months from now. I keep telling myself I’ve got this, but it’s a never-ending game of hustling and thinking ahead.

On a fun note, my blog is undergoing some major changes. I’m updating my theme, expanding my content and switching gears a bit. I’ve always been honest about my blog’s direction, hopes to monetize and I’m excited that it’s actually making money.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever! 

By nature, I’ve always found myself wanting to help and reach out to others. I receive a lot of email each week with people needing help and having questions on how to do things, so I want to be able to share my answers with more readers.

While I have touched on this subject before, I plan on writing a lot more about:

  • Pinterest 101
  • Creating images for blogs 101
  • Freelancing 101

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I’ve been blogging for about a year now and I’m happy with the niche(s) I’ve landed at. I wasn’t sure if I’d find my direction or know where I’d end up, but somehow things have worked out.

I’m feeling confident about the direction I’m heading in and couldn’t be more excited. I have a ton of things I want to write about and there seems to be topics readers are asking me about.

Hopefully, if you’ve made it to this point, I haven’t bored you with my ramblings. Life is fun and hectic and scary, but I’m loving every moment.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever! 

Is there anything crazy happening in your life right now?

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14 Comments

  1. Kimberly H says:

    Don’t worry about the no wine in grocery stores. That changes in July 2016. We are finally joining the rest of the world and will be able to buy wine at the grocery store! Welcome to Tennessee! I’m in East TN, but make it to Nashville about 1-2 times a year since my sister lives there. I hope you love it here!

    1. Oh really?!?! Hahaha yippee! Thanks for the nice welcome!

  2. You should definitely start a recycling movement! Do you know why you can’t buy alcohol on Sundays? That’s kind of weird but I guess you’ll have to schedule around that πŸ™‚ I’m working on a site redesign as well. Can’t wait to see how your site turns out!

    1. I have no idea! Your site is looking great by the way!

  3. Ah, I’ve heard of blue laws. And I’m surprised that wine is also at spirit stores. As you know, Washington had state-run stores, but wine and beer were excluded. Down here, it’s terrifyingly easy to get alcohol. There are, I kid you not, drive-through stores. Costco has hard liquor. A lot of drug stores have it too. Nothing like going to Walgreens for some vodka.

    1. Seattle was great- I could pick up everything at the grocery store and prices were very reasonable. The Spirit stores are making a fortune here. Wine and alcohol prices are through the roof here!

  4. NO RECYCLING?! Insane. Upsetting.
    Also, no alcohol sales on Sunday? Crazy.
    It looks like you lived in a pretty posh place in Seattle πŸ™‚
    Good luck settling in!

    1. Haha, no mimosas on Sundays unless I plan ahead πŸ™‚

  5. Carrie O. says:

    Your apartment in Seattle was sweet! I couldn’t live there, though. I’m a Midwestern gal through and through πŸ™‚ Hard to believe that a city the size of Nashville doesn’t have recycling. I live in Nebraska and we’ve got curbside recycling pickup that’s only $10 a month. Any specific reason you chose Nashville? Maybe I missed why you moved there in a previous post. Glad you arrived safely!

    1. Closer to friends and family πŸ™‚ I did update the post – after doing some research, it seems like some neighborhoods have 1x a month recycling. Unfortunately, this doesn’t include the area I live nor is there any recycling in public spaces. Maybe I’m spoiled from living in Seattle where there was a recycling can on every corner πŸ™‚

  6. Woohoo! You make me want to move to Tennessee. Nice people and a slower pace of life? That sounds awesome. Hopefully you’ll get in a groove and get to enjoy that slower pace soon. P.S. – You are a road trip Ninja. Over 1000 miles per day? My butt hurts just thinking about it…

    1. I’m liking the slow pace so far! And yes – I mean business when getting from point A to B. I’d probably make a great truck driver!

  7. Welcome to Tennessee! I live in NC but we spend a lot of time in TN. My son is signed with Gage Talent and just about all his modeling gigs are located there. We were just in Pigeon Forge on October 8 because he was an extra in a Dolly Parton movie shot at her theme park!

    I really love the mountains but I hate driving because I’m so scared that a rock is going to fall and hit my car even though they have the steel nets on them.

    1. Oh yay!! Oh jeez, I didn’t even think about falling rocks, ha! I don’t drive too much, but now I know to pay more attention πŸ™‚

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