What a journey . . .

What a journey . . .

These last few months have been a rollercoaster of emotions as Jason and I plan our move to NE Tennessee at the end of April. His non-stop working, my endless hours researching and our few hours of seeing each other at the end of the day are finally paying off.

At the beginning of the week I started to make phone calls to all the apartment complexes that fell within our budget and looked appealing. Slowly I crossed places off the list as prices they advertised were more than we were willing to spend. Fortunately one of the complexes steered me in the direction of their sister properties located within the same city.

An email, which appeared in my inbox from the complex assistant manager of the sister property, was promising and the more we exchanged information the more appealing it became.

Today I made a phone call to talk with the assistant manager. That conversation enhanced the excitement I was already feeling for the complex and the apartments floor plan, which includes a fireplace! (Oh the little things that excite me!) This apartment is below our budgeted price and half of the fees that were required at the other complexes were either eliminated or slashed in half. The more we talked the more information she shared about the community and what it had to offer Jason and me in terms of the outdoors. Once again I dealt with someone who was incredibly helpful and willing to track down more information if we wanted.

Now, all we have to do is pay a minimal application fee and complete the form online to secure a place for us to live once May rolls around.

What an invigorating feeling … I am helping pave the path to our new destination. I have accomplished a task I set out to do, providing one less thing for Jason to have to worry about.

With the acceptance of our application and background, we will go from an apartment in SW Florida to an apartment in NE Tennessee.

I am beyond thrilled for our move, for our new adventures, experiences and future this new destination provides us.

It’s a blast to plan our future and slowly cross another thing off of our checklist to make this move become a reality.

Endless phone calls

As soon as I woke this morning I began calling endless apartment complexes in the Tri-City area, so my boyfriend and I will have a place to live once we move.

Although the internet is a wonderful thing to have, I become hesitant from time to time because I do not know exactly what the property or surrounding area looks like. This is one of the reasons I wanted to call each complex and get a feel for those working in the office, as well as ask questions about the area.

So, as I went down the list we had comprised of what we found, I slowly began crossing some off as they did not accept pets or wanted the cats to be declawed before moving into our new home.

After making six phone calls, I decided to make one more before taking a break and going for a run.

That seventh call gave me all the hope in the world. I left a message on the answering machine of this particular complex in Kingsport. About an hour later I received a phone call back from a girl who was born and raised in the area. She was incredibly sweet and her accent was adorable. We spent a good 15-20 minutes, if not longer, on the phone not only talking about the monthly rent, security deposits and what the complex had to offer, but also what the community that had to offer.

As she found out a little more about Jason and I and what our plans were, she instantly began giving me websites of places to look for jobs, as well as information of where we could go hiking and enjoy the outdoors.

Before we got off the phone, she told me she would email me information, as well as send my contact information to her three sister properties in the same area, so I would have that information as well. She also encouraged me to call her if I wanted any additional information about this community.

If she is an indication of what the people are like in the Tri-City area, I am ready to make it my new home. Her personality kept our conversation going, it kept the questions flowing, which in turn helped me find out a little more information about the area.

My excitement of the area instantly grew as she shared the endless opportunities to go hiking and explore the outdoors. I only wish I could share that excitement with Jason in person, instead of through texts, since he will not be home until much later.

The excitement builds as the countdown of seven weeks before we move continues . ..