Friday, June 27, 2014

Hoping for Raleigh

It is really hard to believe that my adventure here in the Queen City area is now coming to a close. When I first moved up here, I knew hardly anyone, was not familiar with the area, and had no clue what to expect. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't let myself enjoy the move at first, concentrating on what I was leaving behind instead of what was in front of me.

SW told me when I first moved that if I ever moved somewhere else, I would miss it. He was right...though we won't tell him that. I had the great opportunity to live at Birkdale Village in Huntersville, a mixed-use retail and residential community. It really is a village -- filled with coffee shops, restaurants, and boutiques, with apartments looking down from above. It's such a picturesque place, and if I could find a place like it in Raleigh, I would live there. It has been such a unique experience that I've loved. If I wanted to shop, I walked out my door. If I needed a morning pick-me-up, Starbucks was right across from my apartment. If I couldn't decide what to do for dinner, I had countless restaurant options, all within very reasonable walking distances.
It's funny how your perspective on something changes after you get to know it. When I first drove into Birkdale, it was so strange and unfamiliar. I tried to picture myself there and it was hard to. Even the first few afternoons turning in after work seemed weird to me -- like it wasn't real life. But now, when I look at BV, it's home -- a place I will truly miss. 
One of the things I've enjoyed most though is the atmosphere when Soph and I take our morning and evening walks. There is always something happening, and BV feels like such a vibrant and alive place. I sound like I'm at Disney World or something, but considering it's apartment living, it really has been the best. 
This apartment was the very first space that was completely my own, and I had fun decorating.

I've had the chance to experience 4 different seasons here, all which have been equally as beautiful.

BV has been home to a few blog pictures, too. Sophie will definitely miss that grassy hill.

I've never been a huge fan of change, which is why the move here was so hard for me. But now that it's time to leave, I look fondly back on my time here. I'm excited to be back in Raleigh -- closer to friends, SW, my family -- after all, I called the City of Oaks home for 4 years. It'll be great to be less than 2 hours from beautiful hometown -- much better than 4. But it is bittersweet leaving this place behind. Birkdale Village definitely has a little place in my heart.

I won't miss sitting in traffic for 11 miles in the commute to and from work, I won't miss the 400-mile round trip that it took to make it to Wilmington and back for a weekend home. I won't miss missing everyone -- because I did a lot of that this past year.

But I will miss the easy routine that I slipped into. I'll miss being able to take Sophie to work every single day and having me on my desk to monitor what I was doing. I'll miss this location of our office. I'll miss the beautiful village life that I've come to love, the restaurants that are unique to this area, the people I have gotten to know. 

I am so very thankful that I took a chance and moved away. Was it hard for me? Absolutely. Did I love every minute of it? Absolutely not. But am I glad I did it? Of course. 

Once I get all settled in, you'll see lots of pictures of my new apartment here. If you want a few sneak peeks, you can follow me on Instagram. But for tonight, my mama and I are going to enjoy one last fun night in BV, finish up some loose ends in packing, and have a little girls night. Thanks for a good time! Next stop -- Raleigh in the morning!

"I'm a hoping for Raleigh, so I can see my baby tonight . . ." -- Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show



  1. Moving is always so hard!! My parents always moved around when I was younger - I told my husband we're staying put! Your pictures of your time there are so pretty - great memories!

  2. Good luck with the big move!! I love the idea of a mixed-use retail and residential area - they are actually building a ton of these in the Boston area which is great - micro environments!! So many great memories you've made and on to make more!! xo

  3. Good luck!!! Make sure to take pics of your newest adventures!

  4. good luck girl!! i'm with you on moving down here & not knowing anyone. i did that two years ago and it was the best decision. best of luck in raleigh! can't wait to see the new place.

  5. aww what a great post and an absolutely b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l place you have!! (That bedding?? So YOU haha) But I feel like you will adore Raleigh just as much. I think I told you before but I lived there after college and loved it- 9I lived right near Cary Crossroads so almost a Cary address though) The shopping is just as fab, Cameron Village, North Hills, etc. the downtown scene, so many great restaurants- all of it I miss but my more country hometown was calling (ha) I still visit though since its so close! I can't wait to see how you make the new space your own! Best of luck and happy weekend! xoxo

  6. We are very glad you are moving back...we love for our Garner Girls to be close by!!

  7. Aww what a sweet post! Your apartment is gorgeous! Love that fireplace! Good luck with the move! Hope you love Raleigh and I can't wait to hear all about your new adventures!

    <3, Pamela

  8. Aw good luck girl, loved reading this. Your apartment is/was beautiful! Can't wait to follow along with your journey :) Have a good weekend.

  9. Soooooo excited for you, sweetness! God is good!!! xx

  10. excited for you and your new adventure--it is nice to look back on this time that may have been challenging at times but see the silver lining!

  11. Yayy good luck with the packing & moving!! And I've only been to Birkdale once but it seemed super cute, can't wait to see pics of the new place!

  12. good luck with the move. Moving is always hard.

  13. You have the Target bar cart! So jealous! And I love your fireplace :)

  14. Your apartment was gorgeous!! Love your decorating style. Moving is definitely bittersweet and I feel the same way about leaving Chicago but what you said about focusing on what you're stepping into instead of what you are leaving is so spot on. Hoping everything went well and can't wait to follow along on the new adventure!


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