One thing I am the most excited about is exploring. My first time going to South Carolina will be in June for a wedding. I knew ever since I was little that I wanted to move somewhere warm. South Carolina also has great jobs for me down there, with what I want to do. It will definitely be an experience for me to start somewhere completely new and not even know what the city is like at first. Well, I have done lots of research on Charleston, and am more than excited to move and get down there after exploring online the jobs, beaches, golf courses, monuments, and so much more.
Not only that, I will be exploring Charleston for about a week in June and will get to see and experience everything I have been researching. Going down there for the wedding before should definitely help me adjust to Charleston before fully moving.
A few things on my list in order to adapt to this new city will be to meet new people, discover the area, and give myself some time to adapt. My boyfriend will be moving down there before me, so he will be able to meet some new people while I am still in Wisconsin. He will be making some friends down there so, hopefully, it will be easier for me to jump right in. Discovering the area, as I said, is going to be my favorite part. Since I have never been, it’s like exploring a city on vacation but never having to leave. I think that’s the fun part! You get to try all the restaurants, go to different places that are known to Charleston, and not have to waste any time doing it! Giving myself time to adapt to a new place will be easy for me because I love new places and traveling, but it will definitely be an adjustment for me because my family won’t be near me. That will be the hardest part. My family means the world to me and leaving them will be heartbreaking. Although, I am certainly hoping that at least my mom decides to follow me!(:
Living in South Carolina is a lot different than living in Wisconsin. You are able to be outside and do things all year round. This means, new hobbies! While I can do most things the same in Wisconsin during the summer as in South Carolina, what really gets me excited is all year long. I am able to go golfing, go on walks, and sit by the beach, while it still being warm. I love going to craft fairs, concerts in the park, farmers’ markets, and more in the summers here, and now I can do that whenever I would like! Not only is South Carolina beautiful, but it is also known for drawing in visitors with its horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, award-winning restaurants, gorgeous sandy beaches, and astonishing golf courses.
I am the most excited about the amazing seafood down there. I am going to try as many seafood restaurants as I can when I go down there for a wedding in June. But, only have a couple days to do that. Once I move, the first place that I will be trying is the Charleston Crab House. Not only is it rated 4.5 stars, everything is priced reasonably. They also have other food other than crab, which is nice as well. The Crab House is known for its World Famous Steam pots that I will be trying first thing when I try.
Last spring for my birthday I received a golf set and I will most definitely be getting lots of use out of that when moving down there. The golf courses down there are some of the best in the nation and while I am still getting used to how to play, I am exhilarated to be able to play on the courses. Golfing will be one of my top hobbies when I move because of the beautiful views and golf courses in South Carolina.
Home is where the beach is, for me. I love the beach so much and the water. Living by the beach, I will definitely be there so much that I get sick of it. But, there are also some of the best beaches in South Carolina as well. For instance, Hilton Head is a great beach for bike riding, walks, and lots of wildlife views. I am going to love waking up to sunsets and going on morning walks.
Lots more hobbies to acquire once I am down there, but these hobbies alone are enough to make me happy and excited for the move!
Unpacking and decorating is one of my favorite parts because you are able to see an empty space, come to life with all your belongings and style. I think it is highly important to decorate and organize the best way that fits your style and where you are living. For instance, if you are living somewhere warm, it is great to have pops of colors such as blue or a pastel yellow in your color scheme. This gives warmth to your place without doing too much work. What I will be doing is either having a lot of greenery in the apartment to brighten up the space or adding navy blue accents to our place. Once you have your color scheme picked out, it is easier to buy things and decorate. Now, you are able to work around the color, and what your house or apartment looks like. If you are going with a black or white monotone look, a bright kitchen, lighting, and a clean/sleek look is a great way to balance out your color scheme.
When first unpacking everything, our color scheme of either green or blue will help me organize and decide what I want and where. Although it will be stressful to unpack, you have to get past the first couple of stages and make sure you are taking breaks in between. You don’t want to stress yourself out all in one day. It takes time and it all doesn’t have to come together in one day. Remember, you can always change something. Nothing is permanent. If you are unsatisfied with how your kitchen setup looks, switch it around a couple of ways, play around with it, and add some different colors. Make it homey and specialized to your liking, because that’s the only way you will be satisfied. While I am still far ways away from coming close to packing or unpacking, it is always fun and great to think about in advance to prepare your plans to make it easier on yourself in the future.
My first step in making the journey down south is to find a reliable moving company that will be able to move my things down. Otherwise, my other option is to rent a Uhaul and have one of my parents drive that down for me, while I drive my car. I don’t have too much stuff for moving because this will be my first time having my own kitchen and such. After that, I have to think about whether or not I am going to be stopping on my way down there. Would we need to stay in a hotel one night and do the rest of the trip in the morning? That is something I have to figure out for my journey to South Carolina. While I’m still not even near the moving date, I still want to make sure I have everything planned out in advance, so it is easy breezy when moving time comes. The date will be here in no time! What I am most worried about is the drive down by myself, in my car. Granted, I’m assuming someone will end up coming with me. Hopefully one of the rents, so they can drive some, maybe most, of the way there.(:
Once I arrive, my boyfriend will already be down there and ready to get me all moved in. We will be moving into an apartment, mentioned in previous blogs, so hopefully, everything will fit through doors, elevators, and stairwells (if needed). My parents, boyfriend, and his parents will help us get all unpacked and settled. Here comes the fun part. Shopping! We need to shop for all of our essentials. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, body wash, soap, etc. Plus, all of the non-essential items like a desk chair, or any kitchen utensils. Anything that we would need that we did not bring or did not have, needs to be bought at the store in South Carolina. After, it’s all organizing from there!
This crucial step in moving is my specialty. Granted I won’t be packing up my belongings any time soon, but I definitely need to think of the steps that need to be taken in order for the packing process to be organized and efficient. The packing process can be certainly stressful for most, but what I am here to tell you is that it can be easy! Especially when unpacking as well.
The first step I will be proceeding with the packing process will be, having a designated packing area. I am still living with my parents up until I move, so our living room will most likely be my designated packing space to keep everything in the same spot. Having a designated spot helps with keeping yourself organized while being able to pack more as you go. If you are just throwing your stuff around in different piles everywhere and are not smart about it, it can get chaotic and stressful.
To continue the packing process, it is essential to label your boxes. Writing on a piece of tape and labeling what the items are, is a great way to differentiate the boxes. Label makers are awesome to have because they are a lot neater and most likely won’t fall off in the moving process like tape would. If you are using cardboard boxes that you know you will just throw out after moving, you can also just write on the boxes as well. This helps stay organized when packing and unpacking. If you do not label your boxes, you will have trouble knowing what specifics go where.
My last step is making a list. Make a list of the stuff I don’t need to bring with me, the things I still need to purchase in order to be on my own in an apartment, and the things I still need to pack. This might seem overwhelming, but in the end, it is all worth it. You will feel organized, less stressed out, and the packing process could overall be fun! My do not pack list, will consist of things I will not need to bring with me. For example, toilet paper, soap that’s being used, toothbrushes, etc. These things just take up lots of room that can be space used for something else and it won’t be going to waste if left. The things I still need to buy list is anything my parents have in their house that I feel as if I would need, living with just my boyfriend. Items I still need to pack will consist of everything still in the process or has not started yet. I am really excited about this journey and this step could be fun if you make it fun!
One thing I am very excited about moving to South Carolina is the warmer weather and being by the beach. I absolutely despise the cold and I always knew that I wanted to move somewhere where it was warm for the most part, all year round. The second thing that I am most excited about is being by the beach. The sun and beach are my places to be. My boyfriend and I are going to South Carolina in June for his sister’s wedding. We are going to be in Charleston for five days touring the city, touring different apartments, and filling in our days with a lot of exploring.
While we are there my boyfriend and I are there, we are going to tour the first apartment that we thought was perfect for us. As mentioned in my previous blog, it is called Grande Oak Parc Apartments. I am beyond excited to see the number of amazing things that this apartment can offer us. They have a pool, workout center, a coffee bar in the lobby, underground parking, everything we want, and all for a very reasonable price. This is great for all of our needs and wants in an apartment. As we keep looking, we will most likely tour more apartments that are a fit for us. We also plan on going on a lot of adventures and exploring Charleston to get more of a feel for where we will be living. There will be a lot of beach exploring, restaurant exploring, and hopefully check out some golf courses. The restaurants are something we are the most thrilled about. We love our seafood and we could not be more excited to be able to eat fresh seafood. Of course, couldn’t forget about the wedding as well! His sister will be getting married at Sarah Cameron’s house from Outer Banks. I thought that was pretty neat! Can’t wait to share my experience!
I believe doing what makes you happy is always the route you should take in life. That is why I have decided to move without having a job lined up. It is tough knowing that I am moving and could potentially not have the perfect job lined up right away. Moving right after college can be stressful, but it is certainly doable. I am staying this summer in my hometown to work a lot and save up money for the apartment that my boyfriend and I will be living in, the reason being, why I am waiting to find a job at the moment. I will be working the job that I am currently working right now, over the summer, so I will not have to worry about finding a job during the summer. Just work, work, work and save, save, save. This will help save what I need to in order to start my journey down south.
One aspect of looking for a job is searching on different job sites to help you narrow down what you are looking for. I am starting to search on Indeed and LinkedIn to find different jobs out there that are either virtual or in South Carolina. Right now I am searching for social media managing jobs, event management jobs, digital marketing, and many more. I have a wide variety of experience in most of these jobs that I am looking at, which will help me narrow down what I will like and the different benefits that the job will provide me.
During the moving process, people are either fixated on either two things. Either find a new place to live because they are so excited or pack up everything to move before finding a place that they are set on. I do believe these are two of the more important steps in moving, but finding a place to live that is ideal for you, is crucial. You don’t want to be excited about moving and end up finding a place you are not satisfied with. Especially if moving states or across the country. Researching restaurants, grocery stores, schools, etc.. around your area, can help conclude where exactly you want to be located. Like I said before, organizing your thoughts on paper from what you like, to what you don’t like, and what you can and cannot live without, will help you take away and add important things to your list. This list in the end helps you realize the things that matter and what doesn’t matter to you and where you are living.
Finding the perfect apartment for my boyfriend and me was something we were very passionate about. Looking in Charleston, South Carolina was a location we were set on from the start. First just typing in apartments in Charleston, South Carolina, there were so many options available. But, details are what you need to consider when looking. For example, on the outside, an apartment can have all of the amenities you want, but they don’t have something in the apartment that you were set on having. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted and the things we could live without. As we were laying out our wants and needs, we put two-three amenities aside that we thought were a must. Two of the amenities we were set on had been a pool and workout center.
After the fun and exciting hours of looking around for the perfect apartment, Grande Oaks Parc Apartments came to our attention. It was perfect. It had everything we wanted and more. Everything close, parking garage, pool and workout center, everything we wanted in an apartment, and all in our budget. After deep research on this apartment, we thought it would be perfect for us. When my boyfriend and I go to South Carolina in June, we will be touring the apartment to see if it’s just right for us. We are beyond excited to have found our perfect apartment so early on and can plan and save for the future!
The organizing process can be something a lot of people struggle with. While I am still in school, I have to organize my graduation process, find a job, still work at the job I have currently and finish off the summer with them, all while I am trying to start my moving process. It is a lot to juggle, that’s for sure! But, organizing is something that comes fairly easy to me and is something I need in order to keep myself neat and tidy. Lists and schedules are a huge part of organizing and I am going to show you how I organize, by using those tools.
Essentially, lists are helpful for any situation. Whether you are packing for a trip and need to remember everything you intend to bring. Making a list initiates the process of getting things done and staying on top of what you need to remember. Another example of when I use lists is when I am prioritizing my day. So, when I have a lot to do on that particular day, I write myself a list. This helps your brain remember that you have to get it done. I like to cross off or checkmark whatever I am accomplishing to feel orderly and capable of performing all my tasks. Then I like reviewing my list after I finished. Many studies have shown in students that note-taking, in general, helps us distill the information we hear and remember it better than we would if we’d just heard or read it. For my moving process, I have to organize all my thoughts down onto a list. How I like to do it, is to divide up my thoughts into categories. For example, one list would be for packing, another would be for my summer schedule, another is figuring out a job… etc. Making lists are very helpful and it doesn’t hurt to start somewhere when planning!
Schedules are another essential way to help our brain memorize what we have that is occurring. An important event, a big project that is due, school, work. Whatever it may be, schedules are able to plan out your life however far in advance you want, which I think is the neat thing about them. You are able to plan out your future, without you even knowing it. In my organizing process, a schedule is ideal in order to figure out, schedule, and perform my moving out and moving in process.