When my husband Scott was offered a position as an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill, starting in the fall of 2013, I left the world of office buildings, cafeterias, and cubicles in Washington DC and began working from home. Even two years later, it still feels new, and . . . unexpected, I guess . . . to be living in North Carolina. My father was in the Air Force, and I’ve moved quite a bit since leaving for college, so you’d think I’d be used to moving by now, but it has been hard to get my bearings this time.
Even though North Carolina is unquestionably beautiful:
And our own backyard isn’t bad either:
I started this blog as a way to document my efforts to explore North Carolina, as an incentive to make sure I really did it instead of sitting on my couch wishing I was somewhere else. I read Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project shortly after moving here; it inspired me to find small ways to be happier (and had something to do with title of the blog too). I’ve loved posting photographs and telling stories on this blog, and it has helped to shift my perspective and encouraged me seek out new adventures.
But I’ve found that the more I settle into life here–the more I make friends and get involved with the community–the harder it is to find time to travel. Which makes sense, of course, and really isn’t a loss. So I’m going to shift my focus to getting to know North Carolina in other ways, to exploring the food and the culture as well as the landscape. Though I’m sure still going to try to travel whenever I can!