It’s official, we’re moving 14 hours away to Warner Robins, Georgia!
Right now, me and my boyfriend Alex, are living in Topeka, Kansas which is our hometown, where we met, and where we’ve spent our entire lives – minus my two years as active duty Air Force.
It’s a nice, little city where we have lots of memories and friends. But as we get older, we’ve realized this isn’t where we picture starting our own lives. Topeka has a high crime rate and is lacking on amenities, so I started applying to jobs in other cities.
Initially I thought I’d like to move a bit further north where the weather is cooler – and I still do – but an opportunity presented itself in Georgia and I couldn’t say no.
It’s funny, though. Because I’ve never even been to the south, besides the two trips to Disney World when I was a kid. All I know is the homes are inexpensive and it’s humid all the time.
So, why Georgia? This is a huge question that took a while to find the answer, but I think I finally got it…
Continue a slower pace of life. The only thing I still like about Topeka is the size of the city. There are about 120,000 people and the traffic is never bad. Warner Robins is very similar but it has lots of shopping and amenities because of the huge military base. I’ve lived outside of Denver and I never want to live in a place like that again.
Living near an active duty base. The benefits of the commissary, exchange, and other amenities (that are all tax-free, might I add) are incomparable to any civilian set up. The family mentality everyone has in the military is unbeatable. I grew to love the military atmosphere and I’m so excited to surround myself with it again.
Job opportunity. I’m still a federal employee, so this is another bonus of the military base. I’ll be taking a great job but there is still room for advancement.
Cost of living. This is a big deciding factor for me, if not the largest. I take more pride in our home than I do just about anything else, so the fact that we could afford a “forever home” at our age was huge. I knew from years of watching HGTV that homes in the south were inexpensive, but I never realized just how big of a difference it was. Like, we can legit afford homes with pool houses?? That’s insane.
New experiences. This is vague, I know. But I love the idea of jumping right into a new life and figuring things out from there. I don’t like to stay in one place for very long, but I’d love to find a place that changes my mind. I’ve lived in the mountains, the Midwest, and on the north Atlantic coast for a short time. Maybe a little southern hospitality is what I’ve been missing.
Starting a family. All of these things add up to a perfect situation to start our family. I love the idea that Alex and I can grow into a home and be surrounded by other young, military families. The neighborhoods are safe with large houses that owners take pride in. I can’t stop picturing us taking walks around the neighborhood with our future children or going trick or treating. I might cry, y’all – oh, and I’m gonna have to start saying “y’all” now.
Honestly, the part I’m most worried about is the weather. I hate hot weather and humidity, and Georgia is essentially a giant sauna. I’m sure it’ll be something I get used to, but I know I’ll be complaining for a solid few months. From what I’ve read, they still experience all four seasons, so at least there’s that. I just hope it doesn’t make every day feel miserable.
Now that I’ve shared our plans, I want to mention that I’ll be coming out with a whole series on packing, moving, and home buying. I’m so excited about this because I love any chance to plan and organize the logistics of things. I can’t wait!
Are you familiar with Georgia? If so, I’d love to hear what advice you have for us!