I’m not really sure where home is or if it even exists for me. It’s a feeling, not a place. Places have too much darkness, too many cobwebs that keep you attached. And I’ve never wanted to be attached to many things.
But today marks a new journey. I say goodbye to a city, I’ve mostly felt indifference to. Charlotte is a fine place to live. What I’ll remember most has nothing to do with buildings or skylines. Rather I’ll remember the moments I spent with others, that were sometimes wonderful, sometimes devastating.
It’s not like I won’t be back. We have roots and family there. It’s not goodbye, just see you later. When we drove by the skyline this morning, I didn’t feel sad to leave. I felt like it was time.
But moving across the country has me equally excited and terrified. Sometimes you have to take a chance, but it’s not that easy. Just getting to this point of setting off has taken months of long days and nights. Sleep has been a luxury.
Here we are rolling down Interstate 40 with two dogs and a cat in a caravan of adventure. And I’m still half elated, half scared. I’m only human. I can’t be brave in every situation.
And, now the question, we’ve been asked every time, “Why Vegas?”
“Why not,” we say.
Part of it goes back to many years ago when I needed to make some kind of new tradition and ended up in Vegas on Christmas.
Vegas is bright and in your face, which is somewhat the opposite of me. But, you know what, there’s a lot beyond the 4.2 mile strip.
Even though, it’s one of the most visited cities in the world, the population is over 200,000 less than Charlotte. So, we are actually moving to a smaller city.
When we made the decision, it came down to several things, and it wasn’t our first choice. But it’s west—only hours from a bestie!
Plus, Real estate is affordable, there’s no state income, and we will have access to amazing shows, concerts, and food. Yes, it’s hot. But it’s hot in Charlotte. I’ll take the dry heat. First and foremost because my hair looks fantastic in dry versus the Medusa strands humidity creates.
I have no idea if Vegas will feel like home. I’m willing to give it a shot. No matter what, I’m glad now is when I decided to head west because I’m right next to the best thing that living in Charlotte gave to me. He’s an awesome partner to have the on this journey.
Stay posted for a new series of posts about what it’s really like to live in Vegas.
Praying for safe travel and a new beginning filled with lots of love and happiness for you both!! I love you 🙂
What a fantastic leap! Just read this after I messaged you. I realized I hadn’t read your blog for a while. I hope all is going well out West. I got to visit Denver last fall and it made me think about moving West too. Charlotte is overcrowded, expensive and has lost its charm a little bit for me. And I hate the humidity. Anyway I hope all is well with you guys and your pets!