Whew. Did anyone else feel like December flew by? In fact, this whole year seemed to fly by…Remember when we were kids and the thought of waiting a couple months for the next holiday or break seemed to take foreverrrrrrrr? Now a year seems to go by in the blink of an eye.
Anyway, I thought I would give you a little update on what I’ve been up to the past month since my husband and I moved from a small town in the mountains of North Carolina to the big city of Atlanta. Things have definitely been a whirlwind…It was only about three weeks from the time my husband was offered his new job to the time we were actually in Atlanta!
We are renting an apartment in Sandy Springs which is just outside of Atlanta. There are so many places around Atlanta that we could have lived, but we knew that we wanted my husband, David, to have an easy commute into Atlanta (Thank you MARTA!), and I also wanted to be close to my sister’s house. (No one has time to be late for Bachelor watching parties or girl’s nights!) So when I started looking for places to live, Google brought me to Sandy Springs. And so far, we have loved this area. We are within a mile or two of Aldi’s, Trader Joes and Whole Foods. We have two Targets within five miles of us, which is totally different from the one Target we had within an hour and a half of us in North Carolina. David’s commute consists of a 10 minute drive to the MARTA station and then a 25 minute ride on the train, giving him time to listen to all his audiobooks (and saves me from having to listen to them at home!!) And I only have a 20 minute drive to my sister’s house. We are also really close to lots of other cities like Roswell, Buckhead, Brookhaven, etc. that provide many things to do and see.
And what about Atlanta traffic??? Well yes. There is traffic. But we have learned (and are learning) what areas to avoid and when. If I want to run errands during the day, I know it’s best to go between 9:30 am and 3 pm. And for us, we knew that more options and opportunity in a big city would bring more people and more traffic and we are okay with that. We love having so much more to do here. I keep telling people that normal things, like a Trader Joes or Target, make me way too excited.
In terms of having a community, we know a close community will take time to find, but it’s definitely hard starting over in a new place. We are very fortunate to have found a church that we both enjoy, and plan to get involved in their small groups when they resume in January.
And for all my gym friends out there, I have not yet found a gym! I know, I know, I thought that would be the first thing I would do when I moved. We have many options, but more options make it harder for me to decide (#indecisive)! I tried out one of the ginormous chain gyms when I first got here since it was only a mile from our apartment, but it was only okay. It was super big and salesy (I’ve literally gotten two calls a week from them in the past month asking if I was going to join), and it just didn’t feel totally right. But I have found some great deals on Groupon for some fitness classes, so I think I will try out a few different options before I fully commit to a gym. I’ve loved attending Pink Barre classes, especiall BarreTramp(oline), and plan to attend Burn Boot Camp soon as well. Other than that, I’ve just been running wayyy too much and doing some strength training in the small apartment complex gym. I do miss my gym and gym friends from Boone though, but I don’t miss the whole gym at 5:30 am thing that I used to do.
Being close to my family has also been wonderful. I’m able to stop by my sister’s house to hang out and see the babies whenever I want, and I’m also see my parents more regularly. When I left Georgia for college, I was convinced that I never wanted to go back to Georgia, but now it feels so right to be back. Funny how God works.
I’ve also volunteered to be a Girls on the Run Coach for a nearby elementary school. I’ve always wanted to be involved in this program, but my schedule never allowed me to until now. If you aren’t familiar, Girls on the Run is a “non-profit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident while using fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” I am so excited to be part of this program, to encourage and empower girls in their self-worth. (And the running aspect is pretty great too. 🙂 )
I’ve also become a Certified RESTART instructor, and will be teaching RESTART classes next year. The RESTART program is part nutritional education, part sugar detox and part support group that focuses on how to use real food to boost your energy, reduce inflammation and get rid of sugar cravings so that you can feel your best. Now, if you know me, I’m not a fan of diets or restrictions or even typical detoxes, and that is not what I want this program to be. The program will be focused on learning how to fuel your body with real food. It’s about learning what foods work for you, and becoming aware of how you feel. Yes, there are foods that are encouraged and foods that are not. But the framework is built around getting your body back in balance and not relying on sugar to get through the day. However, my favorite part of the program is the educational component. I believe that knowledge is the key to making real changes for your health, and this program will provide great insight into digestion, blood sugar balance, fats and more. I will teach this both in person and also virtually, so it’s literally open to everyone! Be on the lookout for more information soon.
And then the holidays…where do I even begin?! David and I attended his work Christmas party at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens which was so beautiful. I didn’t know what to expect, and the gardens were absolutely amazing, all decorated in lights with music synced to the lights display. It was also fun getting all dressed up and meeting David’s work crew.
For Christmas day, we headed to my sister’s house for presents and food! My parents were also there, along with my brother-in law’s family. It was a full house, but the day was filled with much love and joy.
On the 26th, my father-in-law came to see us in our new place. We cooked a Christmas meal with a turkey breast, gravy, green bean casserole, cauliflower rice stuffing, kale salad (omg the best recipe!) and Japanese sweet potatoes (also a new fav of mine). Oh and apple cranberry crisp and vanilla ice cream for dessert! This was the first time David and I really cooked a whole big holiday meal by ourselves, and I felt like such an adult after! But it was delicious and we had leftovers for days, which is always the best. While my father-in-law was here, we took him to downtown to show him where David works and also to the Coca-Cola museum. I know, I know…Coca-Cola. I may not support Coca-Cola as something to drink on a regular basis, but I do support the experience of visiting the museum with people you love. 🙂 And the history of Coke really is quite interesting.
New Year’s was pretty low key. I hung out with my sister Sunday afternoon, and then David and I had a relaxing evening at home. We were asleep by 10 pm… just the way I like it. 🙂
I know this was a long post, so thanks for sticking with it. I hope this gives you a glance into our new lives in Atlanta, and I can’t wait to see what is in store for us in 2018!
Happy New Year’s everyone!