We’re Starting a New Life

good things are going to happen; starting over

In a few short weeks, my family and I will be taking a huge leap of faith: we’re moving. And not just down the road or to another town with a new school district – we’re leaving Philadelphia for Atlanta. Hello culture shock and southern charm, we can’t wait to meet you.

This is just about the most daring thing I have ever done and I’m filled with excitement and terror. I’m not a fan of heat and my hair can’t stand humidity, I love snow and Philadelphia. But the truth is I live in the suburbs of Philly and I’m bored to death. Living in the heart of the city would make me incredibly happy, but the schools are terrible and I’m not interested in joining long lines and lottery systems that maybe, kinda, sorta will get my daughter into a great school. Plus, housing is just too expensive. It’s not New York City expensive, but prices far exceed what my “creative” career can afford.

We picked Atlanta because we have friends there and a built-in support system. Additionally,  housing is affordable and it was voted the top nerd city, which made us feel even better about our new home. If I was being really, really honest, I picked Atlanta because it wasn’t here.

My daughter is surprisingly excited and my partner is on board – if you asked me two years ago if he would ever move I would have swore up and down that nope, never.  But he’s leaving and I’m proud of him for taking such a colossal leap.

My partner and I want to make the right decision for our daughter and I think Atlanta gives us the best shot at the life we’ve been working toward for a very long time. The reasons to stay amount to one – familiarity – and that’s not enough for us. We want our daughter to be able to run from house-to-house, have friends over and be active. Yes, she has friends, but so much of raising children here feels like we’re cutoff from a sense of community. Everyone is too busy and we’re looking to slow down and not join the rat race.

It’s entirely possible that we’re naïve, but it’s worth a shot, so we’re taking it. Plus, this is how every Lifetime movie begins – taking the bare essentials, throwing it in a van and then creating the best life, ever.

We’re more than okay with having our new life begin like a Lifetime movie. Even if we can only see as far as the headlights allow.

Good things are going to happen. 

Do you live in Atlanta? What should we know – good, bag, ugly and indifferent – before we arrive? If you could pack up and go, where would it be?

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We’re Starting a New Life

Liz Henry is the irreverent voice behind the award-winning blog The Six Year Itch. She lives with her daughter and her partner, Slasher, in Philadelphia. That's not his real name and that's not her real hair color. Her soft middle is totally real. Liz graduated summa cum lazy with a degree in English literature, which means she knows how to write properly, but rarely does. She loves Harry Potter and Luna is her favorite. ... More

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6 comments

  1. Congrats Liz! Good or bad, I’m sure the experience will bring you three closer together!

  2. Minni says:

    Our family is contemplating the same move, except from Florida to Utah!

  3. LizHenry says:

    Staying scares me more than leaving, but I definitely here you.

  4. It is a huge move I’ve never left Texas. Family is here and the world scares me.

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