Tiny Living in Charleston

About one week ago Nick and I celebrated our one year Charleston anniversary! It’s so crazy how full this last year has been. We moved South, we got married, I found an amazing job, and we just moved-again!

We moved right onto King Street in downtown Charleston. If you told us a year ago we’d be living here, I would’ve laughed and said “HOW!” But, life is full of surprises! We moved into the heart of it all & I have to say, even after we signed the lease and moved our things in (on a busy Saturday of the Wine + Food weekend….oh boy), I was so terrified that we were going to regret our choice.

Change can be so difficult to get used to, especially when you don’t consider yourself to be a city girl but you move smack dab into downtown! We are still adjusting each day, but now that we have about 98% of our belongings put away, it’s feeling so much better. Real life: Star Wars pillows & a hoodie on the back of the couch.

If there’s anything I learned already from this move, it’s that we have too much crap. We have the most amazing friends who helped us move, while openly and very loudly judging/cursing us for all the stuff we have..hehe. But seriously, I vowed that this year will be the year that we get rid of the “excess” and only keep what has meaning or function. Okay, that sounds way too minimalist for me and this is going to be a hard process, but you get my idea.

We went from a 2 bedroom apartment with a full sized washer and dryer to a loft apartment (with a kick-ass spiral staircase!) with no dishwasher or washer and dryer. If that isn’t an adjustment, I don’t know what is haha.

 

By downsizing the amount of our belongings (including my closet…wah), I hope to gain a better sense of fulfillment by owning items and pieces that add value to our lives. Has anyone ever gone on a “mission” like this before? Although it’s not really a phase, it’s a lifestyle. My days of stopping at Target on my way home from work to “grab one thing” are over, for now. I haven’t driven my car in over a week (I can walk to work)…what is happening? I miss you, Target.

I’m pretty excited to harness the character of our apartment and really make it ours, while appreciating the value of a small space. Huge houses are beautiful, don’t get me wrong…but right now I definitely appreciate having less space to clean! We do, however, find joy in gawking around town at the big gorgeous houses and hoping that we run into Bill Murray.

What are your favorite Charleston hot spots?! We have so much exploring to do..I’ll probably never check everything off my list!

Two Thousand Fifteen

Hello!
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and that you’ve had a beautiful New Year so far.

2014 was such a HUGE year for me…here’s a bit of a recap:

–I started my blog in December 2013, so it’s a little over 1 year old now. For the following reasons, you’ll see why my first year of blogging was also probably the worst year I could have tried to keep up with blogging

–Nick and I moved out of our first apartment; I moved back in at home, he moved to South Carolina

–I finished my last semester of college; I graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing

–I moved out of state for the first time, to South Carolina 

–I got married

–I started working at my dream job; I’m still convinced it was fate…ask me the story sometime! 

Ever since July, life has been just a whirlwind of adventure, full of both happy and sad tears. It’s been an unbelievable 6 months or so, but I’ve never felt better or more fulfilled by where I’m at in my life.
I started my blog with the intention of sharing my DIY projects, my wedding plans, my life changes…etc. But I fell pretty short on those goals. However, with so much going on & being a newbie blogger, I’ve since forgiven myself of my “failures”.

2014 was huge in that it captured many milestones in my life, so as 2015 approached I felt myself feeling a little overwhelmed at how….underwhelming..this year was looking. For a long time, I’ve found myself looking ahead so often that I didn’t spend enough time focusing on being PRESENT. Of course, with such exciting things as college graduation, moving South, getting married, starting a new job, it’s kind of hard to stay focused on the here-and-now. 2014 was easily one of the most stressful years of my life, but I’ve gone so many more places that I ever could have imagined. I’ve met so many wonderful people that I can’t picture my life without, I’ve pushed my own personal limits both mentally & emotionally (still working on that whole physical-limit-pushing thing…Ahem..).

But as 2015 unfolds, I’ve been realizing how important it is to not have life planned out sometimes and to not freak out when it isn’t. We’re all just learning as we go. Positive attitudes and a contagiously happy spirit can change your life.

I’m pretty damn excited to see what this next year holds, more so because I have no idea what this next year holds.
I suppose instead of stressing about the unknown, I’ll just finish my bottle glass of wine, eat my chips & salsa, and finish binge watching Parenthood. (Season 6…please never end.)…