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Happy first week of Fall, friends!
As you know, my husband and I have been living in Charlotte, North Carolina since April of this year while he played for the AAA team of the Chicago White Sox. Typically we move back to Wisconsin for the off-season, but this year we’ve decided to stay put and make Charlotte our home for the off-season.
Because of baseball, my husband and I have lived all over the country, and even in other large cities like Phoenix. But we’ve never lived in any of these places for longer than 6 months at a time, and usually it’s more like 2-4 months.
It’s different this time. We’re actually staying here for longer than a couple months. In fact, there’s a possibility we might live here for a full year (gasp!!). This is huge considering we haven’t lived in one place for a full year since 2014. Seriously.
It’s been a fun transition, but it’s had it’s challenges. It’s almost like I’ve had to re-learn how to make a city my home. Weird, I know!
I’ve been very purposeful and intentional lately with how I’m settling into Charlotte and getting used to life in the city. Here’s what I’ve been doing:
I’m taking advantage of everything Charlotte has to offer
There are definitely times, when I miss the quietness (and the cows!) back home in Wisconsin, but for the most part I really try and focus on everything I’m gaining making Uptown Charlotte our home. We live in the heart of the city and there is so much going on and so many things literally just a quick walk away from us.
One of the things I’m doing is finding any and all local magazines I can get my hands on, picking them up and reading them cover to cover. This is helping me get a feel for everything going on in the city. Charlotte Agenda and Charlotte’s Got A Lot both have amazing magazines, social channels, and websites.
I’m making it fun and treating myself
I’ll admit, there are definitely times I get a little overwhelmed living in a city this size. Especially since, I’m transitioning my TV and writing career here as well.
Am I making the right connections? Should I go to this event? Is is important for me to do this? My career and business is doing better than ever and my days are jam packed with things to do, places to go, and people to see.
When I start feeling the pressure of it all getting to me, I know it means I need a break, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. It’s amazing what a 5 minute walk will do to clear your head. Seriously, try it. I fell in love with Dunkin Donuts coffee when I lived in Rhode Island a few summers ago. Ever since then, their iced coffee is hands down my iced coffee of choice (2 creams, 2 sugars, please!).
There’s actually a Dunkin just up the road from my apartment that I love to stop at, but If I’m just stepping out for a quick break and don’t want to fuss with lines, I’ll go across the street to the Circle K (<–click this link to find a Circle K near you!) and get that same Dunkin flavor I love in a plastic, portable, no mess, grab-n-go form.
I have to admit, I cannot stop reaching for their Pumpkin Spice flavor (and usually a protein bar or one of their brownies depending on how my day is going, haha!) It has been the perfect pick-me up and treat all at the same time.
I have to admit the portability of it cannot be beat. My days are busy and usually have me going all over the place. Having a portable, resealable option for iced coffee is such a win in my book.
If you can’t get enough of the coffee/pumpkin spice combo try Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice coffee in ground form. It’s been the #1 selling flavor of premium bagged coffee for the past 3 years!
I’m exploring and finding my favorite spots
My husband likes to joke and call me “Dora” because of my constant need to explore everywhere. Even though we’ve lived in Charlotte since April, I don’t want that explorer mentality to wear off! It’s so fun to look at a city with fresh eyes and have that honeymoon feeling about living here.
I’m finding my perfect mix of exploring and finding new places to eat, visit, shop, etc, but also having the familiarity of finding a place I love and going back to it. I’m looking forward to having friends and family visit and being able to say, “this place is our favorite!”
I’m making new friends
Last week, I went to thee most amazing networking event. I met 9 other amazing, talented, and driven women, all living in Charlotte and all in the blogging/social influence fields. It was incredible.
In the past, I’ve been hesitant to go out of my way too much to make new friends (“I’m just going to be leaving again in a month or two” – was always my thought. Such a lame excuse, I know).
Having a group of friends and meeting new people has made Charlotte feel soooo much more like home already.
You can find Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Bottled Iced Coffee in the open-air coolers at your local Circle K. (Find a Circle K near you here!)