2.06.2013

WHERE YOU RESIDE



This time last year I was boarding a plane with Billy to head to our favorite spot in Florida...my parents condo in Naples. It was not just our normal trip there because we would be picking up some strangers (at the time) a couple days later to have them stay with us. As you know, luckily that turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made...thank you Jesus (name the real housewives that says that...ha). Anyway, onto my point...the winter here is typically when we spend time down in Naples but my Dad decided to rent out the condo until April (bummer with a capital B), which leaves me absolutely no choice but to go into seasonal depression.

Due to the fact that visiting Florida in the summer isn't exactly the ideal situation and our other plans, a visit to our condo might be put off until next winter and that, my friends, is sad to think about. I love our condo and I love Naples probably more than anywhere else. I mean look at it....(let me just pretend I'm there right now for a moment, will you?)
 

 {our condo's pool-what I would give to be there right now is scary...}


Stick with me here-I have a point. At least I think I do...

Being that I live in Ohio-it never fails (and I mean never) that seasonal depression due to the weather starts to kick in right about now. I might be being a litttlleeee dramatic when I say that, but I truly feel that way some days when I wake up and all I see is the cloudy sky, no sun for hours on hours, and then I step outside to the frigid cold and wind. I know that there are so many others that have a worse winter than us and I give all of you major credit - trust me.

So I saw Erin's post yesterday and it was like she took the words right out of my mouth. We need spring and we need it SOON.

But digging a little deeper, it makes me think about all the different areas one can live and how the grass is always (sometimes-not every situation) greener on the other side. For example-I love where we live. I love the Midwest and how great it is for raising a family. All of my family and friends are here! I love having 4 seasons and I truly believe I would miss not having 4 seasons if we moved. However, sometimes I can't help but want to move to Florida or somewhere warmer (Charlotte..San Diego...etc.) when our winter hits here. I mean, I'm a hot temperature kind of gal, I love the warmth of the sun and spending 3-5 months in cold weather out of a year is so not fun. I've also heard that if you live in a place like that, you might not appreciate it as much. Then, you have those who live in Texas and love it, but then they have the extremely hot and humid temps in the summer that they dread. It's all give and take a bit... in my opinion. Unless you live in perfect San Diego or somewhere similar (hate you. Kidding. A little.)

I'm interested in some feedback...do you ever think about moving somewhere warmer? somewhere with more seasons? If you moved, how did you decide where you wanted to be? Do you prefer not moving because your family is close to you now? Like I said, this isn't some post saying we are moving (don't get any ideas-we do love it here!), but just wondering how everyone else feels in different areas!

And most importantly-to say/pray/dream/hope that Spring...come quick. Pahlease. We need you.

Sincerely,
The ever so pale, crazy, and somewhat needy right now Katie (pictured below)

PS-One month until Texas (literally counting it down..eeek!) and in April I'm heading to Nashville for the first time for a bachelorette party. Where are my Nashville girls at? Any must have places, restaurants, things to do that I must know about? Any tips would be appreciated!!


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75 comments :

  1. We think about moving all the time! We just bought a house and yet we still talk about it constantly. I think it's normal, if & when the time is ready we'll know! :)

    xo Christina
    behindbutterflyeyes.com

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  2. I love that area of FL too and I'm also not going this winter which makes me really sad. I decided to go to Dallas for Blissdom instead of a week vacation at the beach. I would love to live somewhere warmer but I would have to take my entire family w/ me (and I don't think they want to move)! HA! I went to college in NC which was so nice. Boston winters are terrible but the rest of the year is pretty great. Hopefully it makes me appreciate the nice weather more.

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  3. I'm lucky to have lived for about a year in coastal South Carolina, which was really nice weather-wise. It was close enough to make the drive to see family. I also lived in coastal CT, which was not as nice weather-wise! Windy and VERY cold. Brr. Sometimes I think I'd like to live in a warmer place again, but I dunno. This is where our family is, and feels like home. Plus it makes all those warm weather places feel like a real treat/vacation :)

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  4. Funny you're going to Nashville because if I could move anywhere, that's where I would move! Obsessed! I'm just like you...the hotter the better! I DESPISE winter and constantly get the question "Then why do you live in Minnesota?" Well, my entire family and all of my friends are here, I LOVE the midwest and the summer in Minnesota is so amazing it gives you amnesia about what the winters are like.

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  5. I'm a MN girl and lived in OK for a year. That's all the longer we could handle it. No change in seasons, no snow at Christmas. Too hot to go outside in the summer. Scary, deadly bugs. It's always fun to dream about moving, but there's no place like home!

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  6. I can't think of a better place to be than to be in Charleston, SC! Hey, that rhymed! :)

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  7. I am a Buckeye too and I couldn't help but wish this morning, when I was bundling up to go out to start my Jeep so it would be warm when it was time to leave, that I wish it was Spring! I am so tired of Ohio's bipolar weather issues!! We have considered moving to the Carolina's but are both still in school so we aren't really ready to do all that. Maybe in 2 years when Anthony graduates and is looking for a job. I am anxious to hear some of the Nashville suggestions because we are heading there next weekend. Only for us it is going to be for the Turkey Calling Competition. I am pretty excited though to be staying in the Opryland Resort and going to downtown Nashville Saturday night!!!

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  8. I grew up a Buckeye, and moved down South as soon as I could.Don't get me wrong, I love (and miss) Ohio a lot...but the weather just killed me!
    So now that I'm in SC...I want to move to the Bahamas or something.

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  9. I live in Michigan, so I feel your pain about winter and seasonal depression. I LOVE the beach and warm weather, so I too get a little down when winter hits. A few years ago we stayed at a condo on the ocean in North Carolina (Carolina Beach) and I loved it! It was great. However, I do love having four seasons, and I also love the fact that we don't really get many natural disasters here in Michigan. We may get a tornado once in a great while, but no hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, etc. So I guess I'll just settle for a warm vacation when I need it and stay in Michigan :)

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  10. We live in Nashville and LOVE it. We have vowed we will never move any further north than here. I just cannot do cold weather!! If you do not have plans for during the day I HIGHLY recommend going to Belle Meade Plantation. It is gorgeous, they have an awesome restaurant, and phenomenal wine tastings! Also, brunch on Sunday at Copper Kettle is a MUST!

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  11. I don't know about you but I wish this midwestern weather would stop teasing us! 65 degrees one day, snowing the next...what gives?!

    I love Nashville! It's so fun! We went to the Blackstone Brewery for dinner one night and it was amazing!! Plus some good drinks too! There are lots of fun bars on the strip (Broadway) too!

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  12. I grew up a Buckeye too and as soon as I moved home after college I had the itch to move. It wasn't always warmer weather that called me though. Boston or Chicago where my friends were was the options I wanted to explore. It wasn't until there was a job opportunity in Charlotte that we made the plunge. Charlotte has been the perfect place because it has a lot of people from the midwest so you feel at home but also has the 4 seasons. It is only 7.5 hours from Cleveland which makes an easy trip back home. We always said we at least wanted to try moving and if it didn't work out we could move back. Here we are in Charlotte 5.5 years later and there is no looking back!

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  13. I'm one of those people who's lucky enough to absolutely adore where they live - Coastal South Carolina. Nothin' could be finer!

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  14. Funny you posted this, I posted kind recently or I think I did...maybe it's in my drafts ha! about moving out of southern california. yes of course it is beautiful weather here. and gorgeous beaches, but thats about it...in my opinion. there are WAY too many people. it is getting more and more crowded. it is driving me bananas.
    I discuss moving out of california next year. charlotte nc is the top place for us, but it is kinda scary because tony's family is here (3 hrs north of us) and my family is now in texas for the most part. so unless we move to those places, we aren't near family at all. but then we think about this is our life, we have to do whats best for us and our future family. there are so many ups and downs, pros and cons...takes forever and lots of discussions, serious discussions, to make a final choice. I would love a place with seasons, not so drastic where I don't see sun for months and months, but something other than 80 degree weather on a regular basis. Yes it is nice, but it does get old. I think it is always fun to try something new, nothing is permanent, you (we) can always move back if we don't like it. :)

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  15. I think about moving somewhere warmer all the time!! I live in MN so I know cold. But when it comes down to it I just don't know that I could actually do it. I love that my family and friends are here and starting over is a little scary. But it is nice to dream :)

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  16. I'm already moving a lot as it, although sometimes I wish I could choose where it was I was going! Those pictures are gorgeous!

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  17. I ALWAYS think about moving away from the bipolar tendencies of New York too but then I remember that the changing of the season are probably one of my top five favorite things in life. I would miss the cold on Christmas. I would miss the excitement of jeans and cardigans in the fall. Warm sun on your face wouldn't be as exciting come May if you had already had it all winter long. Moral of the story...get rich enough to have two houses. One here, one down south.

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  18. I love Texas, but sometimes I long to live in NYC, Boston, or Chicago...I want that "don't have to have a car and can walk everywhere" feel, the feel of a snowy winter. Then I realize that Texas is "home" and you always want what you can't have!

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  19. Before I stared reading this, I was seriously making out a list of outfit ideas for our trip to florida next month! I'm so ready for spring it isn't funny. I look think about moving somewhere warmer like the Southern East Coast (carolinas down) or San Diego.

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  20. We live on northern VA and I often think about moving...but I doubt we ever will. My husband grew up in the Foreign Service, so all he wants is for us to be close to family! I like living her well enough, but summer here is really humid and I hate it! Also, being near DC makes the cost of living astronomical, and I wonder what it would be like to live somewhere cheaper!

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  21. I totally understand what you are talking about... Maybe not the months of winter since we don't get that cold in Sacramento, but I wrote about something like this on todays blog post (random!)I think its normal to want something different!

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  22. I live in North Florida, and I loooove it. It's so nice and beautiful pretty much year-round. Of course yes, it get's over 100 degrees for most of the summer months, but I still love it. I love that in December and January, I can still sometimes wear shorts and flip-flops in 75 degree weather. Awesome. I think one day my BF and I will move to be close to his kids in NC, but we'll stay in the Southeast somewhere still. So really - I do love where I live, and the general area surrounding it!

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  23. I can literally feel the Florida sun and the warm breeze coming off your blog today. Sigh... my family's favorite spot down there is Marco Island. Our trip there last summer was cut short and I would knock people down to be there right now, in a bikini, and a beach chair. But even though it was still winter, today is sunny and clear and I know spring is right around the corner. It will be so much sweeter when it arrives!

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  24. Um, when you go to Naples next, can you please pack me in your suitcase??? I promise I will be super quiet! So, freaking gorgeous. I have never been there before. And, yes Texas weather is glorious except for June, July, August and September. ;) I do wish we had more of a winter. It was 81 degrees yesterday!!!

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  25. I am really looking forward to moving somewhere with more seasons. I love California, but it would be nice to have, you know, more than 2 seasons.

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  26. I think about it everyday! I am actually seriously thinking about moving to San Francisco after this summer (one last amazing Chicago summer would be nice ;) ) I do think I would appreciate the warm weather after living all over the midwest (Michigan, Minneapolis, Chicago!) but you definitely hit a lot of my recent thoughts in this post!

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  27. I love Naples!! My Aunt and Uncle have a house down there (they are from Michigan so they stay down there during this time of the year)! It's so pretty there and I'm so jealous that my parents get to go down all the time! I haven't been in a while, but I can't wait to go back!

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  28. I have lived in North Carolina my whole life and love it. I just love the mountains, beaches and cities plus we have 4 seasons so you know what to expect weather wise. I could not imagine nor would I want to move anywhere else.

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  29. I need some color in my life stat!! ps... is their a link up manana?

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  30. I'm from Houston and love the weather there! I can do heat any day, even when my makeup melts off. haha The patio weather is the best.
    I'm currently living in North Carolina and LOVING it even more than I thought I would. I've only been here through 2 1/2 seasons so far and it's beautiful!! The best of everything. :)
    I don't think I could live any farther north than I already am. I'm a big baby and would not be able to handle or shovel snow for more than 1-2 days!!

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  31. My husband and I were both born and raised in Connecticut and both always dreamed of moving somewhere warmer (and cheaper!) so when we got serious we talked about how neither of us wanted to stay in CT and we created a plan to move to Florida. I ended up landing a job down here 2 months after our wedding, and we moved 3 weeks later and never looked back. We've been here for 2 and a 1/2 years now and couldn't be happier. We don't miss winter AT ALL! And contrary to popular belief it's not hot here year round. It cools off significantly around mid-October until about mid-March/early April. Right now is the best time of year here, as it's warm but not hot. We can enjoy dinners on the patio *and breakfast on the weekends* and there are no bugs this time of year. We love going jogging after work around the neighborhood and taking our dog on longer walks.

    For us the move was exactly what we always wanted.. no more winter, no more high cost of living, and soooo much more to do! We were able to purchase our first home and it's much bigger than anything we could have afforded up north and it was a brand new build. We love being able to go to happy hours outside when everyone up north is freezing and cooped up inside for months at a time. And another big draw, was now we no longer have to fly to take cruises, and we can just drive to one of the several cruise ports in FL and flying to the Caribbean and Mexico is also much cheaper since we're closer.

    If you have any questions, let me know ;0)

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  32. i live in NY and can't imagine living anywhere else. i complain about the winter because goodness it's freaking cold but then in the summer when it is so hot i complain again. the thing is that i'm so happy to have four seasons. so yes, i complain but that's probably only to hear myself. at the end of the day, i wouldn't have it any other way ... although i should admit that i once was going to move to San Diego. the city with perfect weather, year round.

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  33. I hear what you're saying! Being in Texas we barely have a "Spring" season. Sometimes it comes when it's supposed to (but only for a short period) & other times it'll pop up in the middle of Winter - literally, open up the windows & turn off the air kind of days! Insane! As much as I know it would be SO fun to live somewhere else & get to experience so many different things, I can't imagine living anywhere else but Texas. It's home & my heart will always be here! Love this post though!!!

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  34. As a North Carolina girl, born and raised this is a great state and I don't see leaving it unless an amazing opportunity comes along. We get all 4 seasons and some unseasonal weather at times. Being just outside of Charlotte, I'm lucky to be close to the mountains and coast.

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    1. and these pics were a much needed mini visual vac! thanks for sharing

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  35. As a girl who grew up in FL but now lives in the Midwest, I must say I can totally see both sides of things. I love having seasons (which is why I moved), but sometimes I could stand for it to be just a bit warmer during these frigid months of winter. I am constantly brainstorming new places to move to that would be some kind of perfect medium. Not quite sure where that place of perfection is just yet. :)

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  36. When I lived in Michigan I dreamed of the time I would live somewhere warmer. Now I live in the Mojave desert and definitely got my wish for warmer climates...but I would give anything for 4 seasons and the good ol' midwest. We moved because my husband is in the Air Force and we didn't have much of a choice if we wanted to stay together. If we could choose where to live now it would definitely be somewhere closer to Michigan (where all of our family lives), with seasons and NOT in the desert. :)

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  37. I live in Memphis about a 3 hours drive from Nashville. I've been there to Nashville too many times to count for concerts, bach parties, etc. For the bach party I would stick to places that are downtown on the strip. You should def hit up Tootsie's- it's a Nashville staple located right behind the Ryman theatre. The Stage is a fun place to hang out and dance at night. Paradise Park is a place to stop in at night when you've had a few. It's a trailer trash themed and you'll just get a kick out of it. Bands are hit or miss there, but we've always had fun. The Big Bang- it's a piano bar is fun for bachelorettes to get a song sung to them. Great for laughs and pics. Last time I went there was some good eye candy working there. If you're looking for a nicer place to start off the evening for dinner- check out the Cabana. We started off there at the last Bach party I went to in Nash and then hit Broadway (where the bars are downtown). Okay so that's a lot I just threw at you. But feel free to email me for more info. I love me some Nashville!

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  38. I always think about moving to CA during the winter. I would love to be where its warmer, and sunny thoughout the year. My parents have a condo in Naples too, it actually looks really similar to your parents development. Maybe its the same? Or maybe they all look the same! I'm going down to Naples in March- I'm in Hoboken just outside of NYC, and it's been brutal here! I need a little sun in my life!

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  39. I always think about moving. I think about moving back to sunny California. I grew up without the seasons and I never knew any different but now living on the East Coast I think it would be sad not to see the leaves change and the snow fall.
    But I totally get what you are saying.
    I have family in CA but my Mom and Dad are here in MD so - I could never, plus we own our business so here I am.
    But don't get me wrong I do dream of all year round sunny places on more than one occassion. Bora Bora anyone?
    <3

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  40. As you know, I'm a Texas girl. And I always think about how nice it would be to have a legitimate fall/winter/spring and not just 8 months of summer and 4 months of kinda winter. BUT I love Texas and I really don't know if I could live anywhere else. It's home. So I think I'll put up with the 110+ degree summers and just be thankful that I don't have to work outside during those months :)

    But I've always wanted to visit Ohio. I've heard good things ;)

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  41. I really wish I didn't read this post. I'm dying to soak up some sunny rays and feel the heat! This winter seems like it has lasted foreverrr! At least it's not always gray like the usual Ohio winters, though! :)

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  42. DAMN STRAIGHT THAT WAS THE BEST DECISION YOU EVER MADE! Wanna know the SECOND best decision you ever made?? COMING TO TEXAS. That's right.

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  43. Those pictures are gorgeous!! What a beautiful place.

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  44. I live in Santa Monica and although most people don't think we have seasons, if you live here long enough you will become accustom to the cooler temps. Our "fall" and "winters" hover between mid-60's to high 40's. You will see people bundled up with scarves and jackets when it gets chilly. It is quite comical because we are all such pansies. Spring and Summers tend to be between low 70's to low 90's with no humidity. Living 3 miles from the beach is amazing. I can't imagine living anywhere is at this point in my life.

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  45. I live in Charlotte and while some days I complain- I don't think it gets much better! We get 4 seasons but none of them are overly drastic. Plus, we have a beach on one side - hey 10 degree warmer temps! and the mountains on the other- hello snow and freezing cold! so we can drive two hours and pretend like we are some where totally different!

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  46. I live 5 minutes from Naples! It's beautiful this time of year, but there's a reason so many people go back up north after May-It's humid, rainy, and gross until the Fall! It's easy to fall into a stormy summer seasonal depression, but I try to visit my parents in TN as much as possible during that time! I think everywhere you live has it's ups and downs. I wouldn't mind living in TN again, though, and having 4 seasons! I miss the leaves changing and the occasional snow!

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  47. Hi Katie! I never comment on here but have been reading for awhile. Today's post got me talking :) We just came home (Iowa) from Bora Bora a couple weeks ago and I am totally feeling your pain about seasonal depression! I was just joking last night that I thought I had it!! I hate the sun setting so early and rising so late, along with having to bundle up just to check the mail. And as much as I would looooove to move, I know I never could.

    Not only are our jobs here (there are jobs everywhere, right?), so is our family, and ultimately our heart. Some days it sucks, yes, but I couldn't trade all of that in for a few more months of hot weather and sun. Not to mention I'm such a sun addict I'd probably have skin cancer in about a week!

    And just as "food for thought" we made friends with an Austrailian couple also vacationing in Bora Bora and they could not BELIEVE that it was -2 degrees when we left Iowa with snow on the ground. They were crazy jealous and saying how the guy has always dreamed of vacationing somewhere cold with snow!

    Audrie @ audrieis.blogspot.com

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  48. Hi there, new follower and first time commenter. I loved reading this post. Naples, FL is my fave place in the world. We have always rented a condo there, me and my family have been there like 4 times while I was in my teens. Many wonderful memories. The food at the many amazing restaurants are to die for. I love the 4th of July Fireworks down by the pier. And I love the sunsets by the pier as well. And the mansion sightseeing is to die for. You are lucky your parents own property there. Well better luck next time. Hey Spring is just around the corner according to the post famous ground hog in the world.

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  49. I live in Tampa and sometimes wish we had more seasons. I hate that it's so hot here in the summer and that random January (13th...not bitter) 75 degree days can happen. I moved here for work and thought I'd want to leave. As I've made friends here and started to enjoy and appreciate it more I've started to become happier here though.

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  50. WE just moved from perfect San Diego to wet, rainy, cold Seattle! This was our choice, and it's to be closer to family. Now that I'm months into the cold and the end is no where in sight, I miss the year round warm temps. BUt Seattle is amazing, and I would move here all over again given the choice!

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  51. This post speaks right to my heart! My boyfriend and I moved from different cities in cold dreary central new york to live together in South Florida (west palm beach) last September. It was a COMPLETE 180 in weather, but we love it! Today was a cool 72 degrees, and everyone was decked out in their best fall outfits. :) I will admit it was weird when it was still hot during the holidays, but we went to NY for Christmas so we still had snow. But come Dec 26? We were overjoyed to fly back down to 80 degrees! For me, it is more about the sunshine than heat. I would get so depressed by the third month of solid clouds. Here, I wake up to bright sunshine every morning, and I really mean it when I say it's so good for the soul! Eventually I'd like to move a little more north, just to get a little more season change, but for now I couldn't be happier.

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  52. I live in Missouri so I can empathize with you! I always get some kind of mild depression in the winter too and start thinking about sunnier places and where I would rather be, but our family is here so we will never move! I try not to but sometimes around this time I start tanning in the tanning bed a couple times a week just to get some light and it makes me happier!

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  53. Being from Michigan I am definitely getting a taste of seasonal depression. I have been begging my fiancé to move to a different state, one reason being is for jobs, teaching jobs are hard to come by here, and another so we can get accustomed to our lives beginning and becoming a family. I have been looking into Nashville or Charlotte. However the more I think about it the harder it is to leave my family and friends.

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  54. oh yay!! nashville is perfect for bachelorettes!! i have some perfect spots you MUST go to!! shoot me an e-mail and I will send you the best restaurants/bars/entertainment!

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  55. Don't hate me...I live in San Diego! However, I grew up in Washington State and hated the rain & grey skies. I would visit California and think "I wish I lived here" then it hit me one day...why do I NOT live here. Eventually I got down here and was so happy. We lived in the city and would drive out to the beach for the day and I started having the same thoughts - why don't we live out there. Fast forward a year and we're at the beach! It's not perfect but we are finally living exactly where we want to be!

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  56. I live in Alabama, so I know I really shouldn't complain. We have typically very mild winters and only experience snow every few years or so... Even still, I absolutely, positively HATE the cold! I want to move to a tropical climate. When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, I am cranky and I just want to hibernate. I know for a fact that I could never live in a colder climate!

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  57. Nashville is the best. city. ever. I've been there MANY times. When I read your question about moving, I immediately thought Nashville. Funny you mentioned it later. I doubt I'll ever move there though - I'd miss my parents and my friends.

    When you go to Nashville though (PS - I'm so jealous, totally where I want to have my bachelorette party) - I highly recommend Pancake Pantry for breakfast one morning - be prepared for a line (it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), but it's SO worth it. As for night life, you really can't go wrong with any bars on Broadway. The Stage, Whiskey Bent Saloon and Honky Tonk Central some of my personal faves. A nice dinner spot, right on the main strip is Big River Grill. Have so much fun!! I hope to see a post about it when you get back :)

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  58. I've lived in Raleigh, North Carolina my whole life and I love it here! Our families are here, so that's a big plus, but the weather is generally awesome. We have a short winter with one little tiny moment of "snow" and a few pretty "cold" days (in the 30's or 40's) but before you know it, it's over & spring has arrived! It does get pretty darn hot in the summers (hotter & hotter every year, it seems), but I'm by the pool or inside in the A/C. :) I also LOVE how we're right in the middle of the state and can get to the mountains or beach in no time! So lucky! It's also not too far of a drive to other fun places like Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, etc.

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  59. Never been to Naples but I'm ready to go NOWWWWWWWW.

    I hear ya on the seasonal depression. We've had a couple sunny days here in Kansas and BOY what a difference it makes on your mood!

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  60. I think about moving somewhere warm all the time. I could have moved to Hawaii but M said he didn't want to, fail.

    xoxo

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  61. We live in southeastern North Carolina so I am a short 2 hour drive from places like Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach and then just about 6 hours from places like Nashville, TV and Charleston, SC. I can't complain and we are blessed to have all four season, with Summer and Fall lasting longer than the others it seems.

    But...I have cabin fever right now and may have shed a tear listening to the Kenny Chesney "Be As You Are" album with all the beach-y songs on it because I need a vacay so bad, #pathetic.

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  62. My husband wants to move to Texas, specifically Houston so bad. He worked there for 9 months and just fell in love. I would honestly miss the snow too much around the holidays to think about moving there full time. And I don't know if I could deal with the 90's all the way into the New Year!! But the times we've visited, definitely make us rethink it ;)

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  63. I just got back from Naples this past Sunday! My in-laws have a condo there. And now I'm back into gross cold weather, so am not happy! I haven't really thought about seriously moving somewhere else but winter always makes me crave a warmer climate. Maybe just a lot of vacations would be nice :)

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  64. Funny you post this.. I'm starting to look into moving to Florida within the next year if my plans work out correctly then I just may have sunshine all year long!

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  65. I live in North Carolina, three hrs from the beach, two hrs from the mountains so I can't really complain. If I ever moved, it would probably be to Nashville or to Charleston, SC. Love both places! I bombarded you already on twitter about places to go in Nashville but I just have to second someone's suggestion about Pancake Pantry. So, so good! I'd check around town to see how who might be playing during the time you're there. Someone's always playing somewhere! Lots of cool little venues like Exit In, 3rd and Lindsley, Margaritaville is always fun too. I'm a big fan of walking the Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge. It goes over the Cumberland River & gives a great view of downtown. Pretty jealous that you're going there soon, it's hands down one of my fave places ever!

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  66. Gorgeous photos! Husband and I have talked over the years about relocating. If I was ever given a chance to move to the Portland area I'd take it in a heart beat! One of the coolest areas I have ever visited in the US and there is so much to do within a short drive from the city. And the people. Everyone is so friendly and laid back. I think I'm a hippy at heart:)

    Our last hope was to move to FL though. The Tampa Bay area to be specific. I have two friends who live there so I felt comfortable it wouldn't be as traumatic as moving somewhere I didn't know anyone would be. However, our house her in Pittsburgh didn't sell. As disappointed as I am that we are not moving to a warmer climate, I do love Pittsburgh in the spring, summer (especially the Summer), and fall. Husband's parents/family are still in the area and since we are hoping to start a family soon we are where we are supposed to be right now:)

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  67. Nashville is alot of fun for bachelorette parties but trust me they are EVERYWHERE down there! You could also try Tin Roof, Red Rooster and some of those places on Demonbreun St which is also really close to Broadway. Cabana is an awesome restaurant that will let you make a reservation and you are seated in your own little cabana where you can be loud and also play your iphone/ipod. I have lived in FL (destin) and although it was great I was far from home-KENTUCKY! and it takes the excitement out of vacation there.

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  68. I've been reading your blog for awhile now and love it! This post really spoke to me as I'm trying to get away for a few days and would love to go somewhere warmer. Everyone thinks California is sunny and warm all the time, but I have to say that Northern California is so different! I'm a native San Franciscan and while I'm used to the fog, I crave our beautiful month of Indian Summer (late September/early October) since we don't really get seasons up here. I would love to move somewhere with actual seasons but I don't know if I could leave San Francisco! It truly has my heart.

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  69. Honestly, I love it here in DC! I'm a total city girl, so I don't think I would want it any other way! We get all 4 seasons, it has really transformed into a beautiful city, compared to how it was 10 years ago, and there's always so much to do! I don't think I could ever live in a place where it's always warm- I'm all about fall and winter. I'll take 35 degrees over 90 ANY DAY!

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    1. P.S. I take 35 degrees any day partly because it makes my hair look better than 90 degree weather does :) haha

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  70. First time commenter here :) yes- spring can't come soon enough! We are blessed to live in New Mexico currently and I love the non- humid lovely sunshine here. As far as wanting to move somewhere else, If you have the opportunity and the resources to explore those options- see where it takes you! My husband is in the military so we live where they tell us to. Colorado springs, San Antonio, and the countryside of New Mexico have been our "homes" just during the past 2 years. We are originally mid-westerners. Trust me, you learn to appreciate where you live because you have no other choice and no control over it. This does not disappoint us, we love our life. Though I am a little wistful when I hear others talking about choosing where to live or taking vacations :) Enjoy!

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  71. I live in Cbus. :) We ALWAYS take a long-weekend trip in February to someplace a little bit warmer and a lot sunnier - favorites the last few years are Asheville and Memphis. If we move, I'd still want someplace with seasons, although I don't do too well in super hot or super cold. We love the Carolinas especially.

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  72. Hi! I just recently started reading your blog (as in 2 days ago) and I'm really lovin' it. I have lived in Virginia my whole life, first in Northern VA and now in Central VA. I like it here, but I am so ready for something different. I love warm weather, so I've got it narrowed down to Nashville, Charleston, SC and the Research Triangle in NC. I prefer the beach and a great music scene. I'm a city girl through and through, but there are times I wish I was a little more country. I love to travel, but it's mostly along the coast, occasionally I am able to visit my family in Texas and Ohio (next time I'm there, I'm seeking out fried buckeyes...I crave regular buckeyes constantly, but now I MUST have fried ones). Anyway, I just wanted to say I am enjoying your blog. You are so awesome!

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    1. Aw, Hi Kim! thank you so much for this. Kind comments are always very appreciated :) I love all the places you mentioned-nashville is amazing and so is NC! I'm partial to both of those areas the most. I hope you are able to find the best pick for you! :)

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