This past May, I ended up accidentally finding a job in Nashville, TN (despite repeated attempts to escape). Unfortunately, I found that job more than a month after I’d already given notice that I’d be moving out of my Nashville apartment (but hey, such is life). Now, I’ve been working at the new job just over 3 months, and I finally moved back into a brand new Nashville apartment last weekend. Needless to say, it is time for some life updates.
Where are all the travel pics?
Since my much needed (and slightly insane) trip to Scotland and Ireland between jobs in May (that one where I boarded a plane the same day as my exit interview at the old job….), I haven’t been anywhere.
Yes, you read that correctly.
I spent my entire summer on house arrest (ok I’m kidding, it wasn’t that bad). Over the summer, I crashed way out in the country to save some money and focused on learning about my new company and new role. I apologize for the lack of travel pics this summer…. but stay tuned, because we both know that 3 months with no vacation days is only going to result in one thing: big adventures, ASAP.
What did I learn this summer?
During my 3 month hiatus from city living, I learned that, at this exact point in my life, 3 months is about the maximum amount of time I want to spend living outside a city. While I spent as much time as possible in town (evenings after work, weekends, etc.), I definitely missed being able to spontaneously change plans or make plans the way you can when you live 15 minutes away from everything and everyone.
I experimented with the whole commuting thing, and fell in love with podcasts and audiobooks (commuter essentials. Also, I’m a nerd, but I don’t know how I made it to my mid-20s without Audible). And notably, I did save some money.
But I don’t like Nashville’s traffic.
And I MISSED MY CITY, GUYS.
There, I said it.
What’s this about a new apartment?
This summer, I went through Round 2 (or is this Round 17?) of the am-I-going-to-buy-something -or-rent-forever debate with myself. Ultimately, I hope I’m not renting forever, but I can’t afford to buy in my city. So I am choosing to rent right now.
Before you pick up your not-building-equity-is-so-stupid axes and get ready to type your compromising-on-location-is-way-more-smart-than-throwing-away-money-renting comments, let’s pause and have an adult conversation about VALUE.
One of the things I learned this summer is that, at this mid-20s point in my life, I value living in the city. I value time with my friends who live in the city, and I in general value my time (which makes me unhappy about wasting 1-2 hours of that time per day driving, even with my trusty Audible).
I also value living alone. I love my people, and I love spending time with them, and I love being able to host them at my place. Living alone isn’t about being introverted or extroverted (I’m kinda both, after all), it is about balance: put simply, I’m happiest when I’ve got my own place and have the freedom to be as social or unsocial as I want to be on any given day. I value having that balance, and that happiness, and that place of my own… even if I rent that place instead of own it.
I’m all about some compromise. But when I’m looking at houses (or condos) to buy and I’m immediately compromising on safety and/or location, size, amenities, condition and I will still need to take a roommate and pray extensively that nothing breaks or I’ll get kicked out by the bank, then I think an honest question may need to be asked.
Do I value owning my own place more than literally everything else that I value?
For me the answer to that question is no, I don’t.
So that’s where we are.
What’s next on the travel agenda?
Atlanta, this weekend. I know, I know, it’s not Greece or Bali but hey, I moved into a new apartment… which means I’m paying rent again, which means I’m needing fabulous but cheap apartment essentials, which means a visit to IKEA, of course. Since Memphis somehow just beat Nashville to obtain the first IKEA in Tennessee (not sure exactly how that happened), I’m making the pilgrimage to Atlanta to stock up.
Also, IKEA, here’s a pro tip from a local for next time you are deciding on a location in Tennessee: try the city dubbed the “Athens of the South” due to its sheer volume of colleges and Universities, which also happens to be the same city that has an unlimited supply of young professionals moving to it…. in a nutshell, that’s Nashville, IKEA. Nashville.
What else is new?
This site has a home page. I can’t really explain why I love it so much, but I do. It’s just what I’ve always envisioned visitors seeing when they first stop by this site. I hope you like it!
I’m currently looking forward to cooler weather, being able to cook again now that I have a kitchen (especially being able to cook breakfast food), writing more, the merlot I’m having tonight and nailing down my October travel plans.
Ultimately, I guess I’m looking forward to the next chapter of this Nashville life after all.