Post # 1
Its that time – Friday – and I don’t want to work…I am going to write and hope that people read, enjoy, comment, and love that its Friday and 5 o’clock somewhere
The point of this post = do you truly genuinely in your heart of hearts love where you live? When someone asks where you’re from do you say your current home or do you say, “I am from xyz but I have lived in xyz for the past ____ mths/years…” And why do you give the answer you give? Is it because you haven’t quite come to love where you live?
I live in Seattle. Seattle is my home – I have lived in Seattle for 2 yrs and 6 mths – however it has been my home for 3 mths. My long story short – I am from So Cal and pretty much fled the state b/c of a past relationship I could not turn into the ‘past.’ In order to kick it into my ‘past’ I had to leave it, literally. I needed to be somewhere near my biggest fan, my largest support system, family, my sister – she is in Seattle and has been here for 17 yrs, thus I am in Seattle. I hated it here for a long time. I hated why I was here, I hated why I left ‘home’ and all of my familiarity that was home related. I hated myself for not being able to leave my relationship while staying in the same place. I hated hated hated myself for not being able to handle all the emotional factors of my ‘past’ on my own. I hated that I needed so much help and support from others. Then I met FH – – – – fast-forward to this past December when we got engaged, Seattle became my home. FH and I have been dating for two years and 3 mths (yes we met 3mths after I moved up, lol.) We have lived together and built our home together for 1 yr and 4 mths. It wasn’t until we became engaged that I realized my FH is my home. Wherever he is, is where my home is. I love Seattle – I love the emotional strength I have gained from living in Seattle. I am so proud to call this city home. It’s a very cool place – not enough people visit or give it credit…Its sunny here and Hard Rock Café just opened its first restaurant here – – The title of the post is because I am in love with this Emerald City and all that it has done for me!!!
I leave you with a picture from my phone; I took it while walking to grab lunch from Chipotle…
Now tell me if you love your home – have you always loved it, did your love for your home happen over time……
Post # 3
I think that your situation is understandable… and I’m glad you love it now.
As soon as I moved to Chicago, it felt like home. I lived all over the Chicago suburbs and in the suburbs of Cleveland growing up. My parents constantly wanted to move, and I got to input in the decision. As a result, after a certain move I no longer felt invested in anywhere we lived. It made me really adamant about building myself a home with R.
We really did that with Chicago. We’ve lived in two different apartments, but we’re invested in the city itself. We’ve stuck to the same general area (various parts of Lakeview East) although we may end up in Lincoln Park, Bucktown, or Ravenswood next year.
Either way, it feels like home here! After our wedding in June 2012, though, we’ll be moving to central Illinois. All the grad schools we’re looking at are there because a) R is aiming for vet school, and the only vet school in the state is at the University of Illinois and b) rent prices are so high here that we can’t justify continuing to live in the city, especially because I have a horse and have to drive out to see her.
So, after we move I’m pretty sure I’ll be identifying my home as, “well, I’ve lived in ____ for X years, but Chicago is where my heart is!”
Love my neighborhood:
Post # 4
We just moved to Chicago a few months ago. I still feel like Ohio is my home. I think I will always feel that way. I loved living in Columbus, but I hated it at my parents house (super small town). And while I LOVE living in Chicago, I don’t feel like it’s my home yet. Maybe some day I will, but right now, I’m still an Ohio girl at heart.
Post # 5
I love, love, love where I live. Even when I went away for school for 2.5 years I always called LA my home. I like in the outskirts of southwest LA about 5 minutes from the beach. I love having the smallish town feel and laid-back beach vibe but if I want to actually go into LA it only takes 20 minutes (um if no traffic on the 405 :p). Here is a picture from MY home:
Post # 6
I’ve lived in Seattle for 6 years, and like you moved from California. I hated Seattle for the first 5 years (except the summers, who could possibly hate those?). Now I love Seattle and have for about a year!
It took a long time to find a friend cohort here, and I think that made it harder for me to feel like this was home. Sadly in some ways, we’ll be starting over in a new town in 6 months. Hopefully there it won’t take quite as long to acclimate 🙂
Post # 7
@babyboo – – I am from PV, haahaahaahaa My parents are still there and will always be there. Before moving to Seattle I lived in Manhattan Bch for 3 yrs and Hermosa for 2 yrs before that. Your picture is where I am from – not home anymore
@Mrs.DG – – yes I have no girlfriends aside from my sisters friends who are all 10 yrs older than me and truly are like additional sisters, haahaahaa I have two friends that are more acquaintances, through work…
Post # 8
I knew someone on the boards was from PV, I just couldn’t remember who! I’m actually from Torrance but I consider PV/Redondo/Torrance/Hermosa one city!
Post # 9
I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for 5 1/2 years and I’ve loved it. I was born and raised in a town of about 40,000 people in south central Kansas. I was ready for a change when I graudated from college. My mom lived here and I loved to visit so it was natural for me to come out. I still like to go back and visit my family but I do not miss the brown, flat, dry, dead look of Kansas so much. Plus the humidity reeks havoc on my hair! My Fiance and I bought a home here back in October and I look forward to making the house more “us” and not empty as it is right now since I haven’t decided on the decor and paint. It is strange for me to know I won’t have to renew a lease or wonder if I will need to move to another apartment in six months—I have a 30 year fixed mortgage baby and that means I’m staying put much much longer than I have ever lived anywhere in my entire life.
Post # 10
What an interesting thread. I am not attached to one place as a home. I lived in Ukraine for 8 years, then moved to CT until college, lived in Philly for college (including 5 month stint in Madrid) and now living in NYC.
I have to agree my home is where my Fiance is. But settling down physically scares me like no other. Logistically, we’ll probably have to settle somewhere in NY or CT suburbs and the idea of spending my adult life in a place that I already grew up in is just depressing. So hopefully I’ll get to that point where I am at peace with making a home in a certain place and Fiance agrees with me.
Post # 11
@GirlWithARing – – I know this is a totally random post. Its Friday and this is what Fridays do to me. I wake up w/ zero motivation to work. I don’t have a personal blog so I unload my random brain farts here on WB, haahaahaa
Post # 12
@ Jackie-O: Fiance and I LOVE Seattle, so different and relaxed from the hustle and bustle of LA. We were there last year for Valentine’s day.
Post # 13
I live in San Diego, CA, and honestly I do not love it here. I live here because I was born and raised here and haven’t made it well enough on my own to leave. Fiance and I truly love San Francisco though, and can’t wait until we can move there.
Post # 14
I was born, grew up in, and now live in Manhattan, and could really not imagine living anywhere else. My heart is definitely very attached to this city. Fiance has mentioned in passing that he may want to move to the ‘burbs or to CT one day, and it makes me nervous and sad just thinking about leaving New York.
Post # 15
I loved Vancouver from the moment I moved here, but it still took a lot of getting used to. When people ask where I am from, I still tell them I am a Maritime girl though! I usually say “I have lived in Vancouver for 4 years, but I grew up in New Brunswick!”. I love the outdoor lifestyle here too much to give it up right now.
Like Mrs.DG though, it took me awhile to make friends here, so it made it lonely for the first year or so…but now I have a great set of friends, and Vancouver definitely feels like home to me.
Post # 16
i’ll be honest. I hate it here. Well, hate is a strong word…I dislike it very much here. I live in a small town (about 25,000 people) about 45 minutes outside of Houston.
I’m orginally from Vegas of all places and love it there dearly. I grew up there. My parents are still there. The only reason I moved here is because of Fiance and he refuses to move since his daughter is here (which I totally understand). But I have no girlfriends here and it makes me so sad.
There’s a bit of an age difference between Fiance and I (about 11 years) and so I can’t really relate to women he knows.
So yes, I’m one of those people that say “I live here but I’m orginally from Vegas”. Granted, I love my Fiance and obviously have moved here for him, but still this town makes me so sad.