Seattle is most definitely an outdoorsy, artistic and lively city. However, my heart has made the tough yet exciting decision to move states. You may wonder, why the move? Well, not to sugar coat it but it's simple; I fell head over heels in love.
In October 2015, one of my best friends and I went on a mini vacation to Las Vegas, Nevada for a three-day country music festival. You may have heard of it; Route 91. If you haven't, and you love country music, I highly recommend. As we danced and sang the lyrics to the wrong song, a handsome man approached us with a charming smile that instantly made me blush, something I rarely do. I immediately felt the connection, and the look in his eyes said he felt it too. It didn't take long until we shared our first kiss, and from that weekend on, the rest is history. Call me crazy but I am now a firm believer in love at first sight.
Although he lives in Las Vegas, for the past six months, we've traveled back and forth to see each other. Long distance relationships DO work. Words can't express my excitement and happiness when he asked me to move in with him. I've never been invited to move in with someone before, and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. The lease on my apartment in Bothell, Washington was soon to expire. The expense alone to live in Seattle has grown rapidly and become, in my opinion, insane and ridiculous. I live on the outskirts of the city in a quiet two bedroom, two bath apartment. My leasing office informed me recently, should I sign another year's lease, my rent would increase $300! I was so in shock; I think I stood there in silence with my mouth open in amazement. I walked out of the leasing office thinking to myself; I have got to get the heck out of here. With the thought of moving to Las Vegas in mind, my boyfriend informed me of what my rent expense will be should I move into his townhouse with him and let me tell you, it's nothing compared to what I'm currently paying. Not only will it be a lifestyle change but it will also allow me to save for concerts, traveling, and much more.
The shocking news got me thinking more about why this is the perfect opportunity for me to move. I realized I've been frustrated with living in Seattle, and it's made me unhappy. Living on the outskirts of the city only leaves so many places to dine. All the places around to eat seem to be a chain restaurant, fast food, or has a location that is inconvenient. If I want to try something new, that's an adventure trip into the city where there are tons of places to dine. I'm all for adventures but not when it breaks my bank account. It always feels like an all day event when going into the city with an agenda. You have to consider the drive to get there, the time it will take searching for a parking spot, the expense of paying to park, walking to the restaurant or location, eating and enjoying the experience, and the drive back home. A lovely lunch in the city just costs an estimate of $100 when you consider the gas, parking, and meal. No thank you. But hey, that's Seattle, and many people love it, and can afford it.
Another reason I've found myself to be frustrated with living in Seattle is the weather. I'm cold all the time besides the three months out of the year when we get warm weather, also known as summer. The cold, wet gray weather has finally caught up to me, and I've reached my breaking point. Coming from living in the sunny, warm Los Angeles, California area as a child, my family and I knew it would be a lifestyle change due to the weather when we moved to Seattle. Don't get me wrong; Seattle is gorgeous with wildlife, massive parks, mountains on the horizon, and the consistency of changing seasons. Washington is most definitely a state that experiences all the season changes, something you can't find in many other states. However, Seattle is no longer my happy place, and life is all about being happy with yourself and your surroundings.
I've truly loved living in Seattle; it has been my home for the past 20 years, but it's time for a significant lifestyle change. Change that involves a less living expense, warmer weather, and new adventures with a partner by my side.