Dear Friend

Dear Friend - Paper Swallow Events

I love snail mail and exchanging letters. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes with my business the past few weeks as we've moved to a new state, so I thought today we'd break from the wedding-centric posts and I'd write you a piece of virtual snail mail to catch up on what's been happening lately. 

Dear Friend,

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind recently. On June 30th Michael + I left our Tennessee home, the home where we spent the first 2 years of our marriage, and on July 1st we moved in to our new home in Charleston, SC. With this move came a lot of excitement and anticipation (we've been working towards this for what feels like forever), but also a lot of bittersweet "see you laters" and the closing of a large chapter of our lives. During this move we went two weeks without internet, traveled to Georgia to see family for the 4th of July (all with our cat, Max, in tow - he's a car riding pro now), and I've been dividing my days between finding internet hot spots to respond to my brides and unpacking.

Well, we have internet now, but there are still so many emails to respond to and boxes to unpack. I haven't been blogging as consistently as I would like because I don't want to throw together posts just for the sake of having something to post. I don't want to waste my readers' time. But I still feel a bit of guilt - it's the perfectionist in me.

Boy is moving an adventure! I set off the fire alarm our first night here while cooking dinner, something I never did while living in our old apartment. Max thought the end of the world was finally coming (something I'm sure he's been wondering about with all of the long car rides and strange new creatures - dogs - he's been meeting recently). I learned which of our windows open easily and which ones I needed to let the maintenance guy know about. Michael learned how to turn the fire alarm off. It's a story for the memory book. 

I'm learning to have grace with myself as I go through the emotions of moving. Even though we are so excited to be here and have been anticipating this for what feels like ages, I don't always handle change in my personal life very well. Knowing when my brain and heart are too full and in need of rest has been necessary for retaining my sanity and well-being. Some evenings it's better to run off to the beach when Michael gets off work than to deal with the piles of boxes in our living room. 

The room I'm most excited about in this apartment is our combo guest room + office space for me! I'm looking forward to having a space where I can work and to no longer need to move my projects off the dining room table so that we can eat dinner. I'm also looking forward to making it super inspiring! I'll share photos as I get things underway. 

Overall, it's a really good move, and we are loving exploring the city and getting to know some of the more local spots. I'm really looking forward to having the boxes put away, though, and the awkward adjustment period over.

How are things going for you?

xoxo, Stacia