“It’s about $1,000 plus for an apartment in the north, so why don’t we look for places in the south?” my then-boyfriend asked me years ago.
We were searching for jobs in Tennessee – because I always wanted to live there.
So, he applied to a few jobs and boom, one day he got contacted, had two more interviews and obtained the job. We were off to embark on a new adventure.
Conveniently, we found an apartment, took all of our belongings and moved to Tennessee. It was a huge risk we took, but I think I was looking for happiness. Well, I think I was searching for several things.
I never did find them though.
I never felt like I belonged, there wasn’t much to do, my then-boyfriend and I constantly got into arguments and I didn’t make friends. People in the area kept telling me us we'll get used to living there, but we never did.
"You'll be okay. It took me 6 months to feel settled. You'll get there," someone told me.
But, we lived there for a year and we still didn’t feel home to us.
Last April, my then-fiance lost his job and we were left with the decision to either ride it out or move back home.
We decided to temporarily move home because our wedding was taking place at the end of the year plus we needed to get back on our feet. However, both of us knew we wanted to be in the South. It was cheaper and the people were nicer.
I googled beautiful states in the South and landed on Charleston, SC.
Then, in December, he got a call about an interview in Asheville, NC. The area was too expensive and we couldn’t find too many apartments. So, we rode around to see if there were other cities nearby we could live.
You should have seen us.
It was a sad story.
We drove around Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, SC. We figured one of these cities would make us feel homey. But, we never felt it.
Then, we remembered Greenville, SC. We visited last April when one of my good friends offered to do our engagement shoot. We recalled feeling comfortable walking around the city, liking our surrounding and plus, we had a couple we knew!
Therefore, we've decided to choose Greenville.
Am I scared the same thing will happen like what happened in Tennessee? Am I afraid to move away from everything I ever knew? Am I frightened to leave my family behind? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But, in life, you must take chances.
I just want to be happy. Is that so much to ask for?
I want to live in an inexpensive state that I don’t have to worry paying 1,000+ for an apartment. I want to make friends with people who are similar to me. I want us to enjoy ourselves.
Heck, I want us to really start our life together. We haven’t been able to enjoy our life as newlyweds because we’ve been too concerned with finding jobs and stressing about money.
So, it’s time to find our happiness and we’re going to great lengths to search for it.