Why I Turned Down The “Big City Dream”

Barn edited“Why’d you choose to move down here when you could be living and working in the city?” This is a question I’m asked a lot. People are genuinely curious as to why I wouldn’t move to the city, where my parents live, and work a big corporate PR job and make tons of money.

My answer has never changed.

I moved to South Georgia for college. I spent four wonderful years in a small college town where there is nothing to do but to go to the local bars and drink enough where you’re no longer bored, ride dirt roads (miles and miles of them around here), or attend house parties.

But the University is not what made me fall in love with the area. The small town feel mesmerized me. Ever since I was little id tell my family and friends that I wanted to live on a farm and marry a southern boy. I’m not sure if it was my love for animals or just the completely different culture.

honey suckle editedSo go ahead, ask me… “”Why’d you choose to move down here when you could be living and working in the city?”

The thought of making more money is something no logical person would ever be opposed to. For me, getting stuck in Atlanta traffic for a good hour or more after my 9 to 5 shift is far from appealing. Speaking with people of MANY different cultures, states, and mindsets compared to the simple and sweet southern hospitality of everyone you meet, there’s no question which id rather do. Money is not worth it for me.

tree 2 editedThe pictures in this blog are worth a thousand words. Mile after mile I drive around this town and immediately see something new I want to capture. The area is absolutely beautiful. Sure, it may be extremely hot during the summers and the gnats are very aggravating. But I would never trade the gorgeous vast fields and bright green grass God produced for us for some man-made concrete.

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If you have never been to Georgia, or anywhere in the south…add it to your bucket list. I promise you that the crazy incest hillbillies that the media portrays the south to be is far from what you will encounter. Sweet tea, porch swings, sunflower fields, huge oak trees and a smile from a stranger will keep you here.

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Alexis

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!! What is there not to love? Everything from the weather beginning to change (even though it’s basically summer all year round in south Georgia) to duck boots, sweaters and cute scarves, delicious smelling candles, candy apples…I could go on and on. I decided to share some of my favorite fall activities and dates that are perfect for this time of year, whether it is with some of your best girlfriends or your sweet loved one. Enjoy! 🙂

1. Fair Nights

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The fair is always the perfect date spot for you and your longtime boyfriend or that certain someone you’ve had your eye on for some time. Fair season typically means that it’s chilly and you need someone to keep you warm, especially when you get to the top of that Farris wheel.  It is also a perfect hand holding spot. Personally, my boyfriend HATES PDA, but this year at the fair he didn’t mind when I reached over and took his hand leading him to my favorite attractions. Take your special someone to the fair this year and devour a funnel cake…I know I did.

2. Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

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Ahh yes, one of my favorites! Pumpkin patches and corn mazes bring me pure joy. This is not something I would necessarily do on a date with a boy, but every year in college my sorority would make it a trip as a sisterhood retreat to go to a pumpkin patch. You better believe I was one of the very first ones to sign up. I absolutely recommend getting a big group of your girlfriends together and planning a trip to a pumpkin patch together. Your Instagram will be blowing up with cuteness! 🙂

3. Movie Nights

One of the most comforting things is coming home from work, pouring yourself a glass of wine, grabbing your favorite throw blanket, and snuggling up to someone you love, whether it be a partner or a friend, and putting on a seasonal movie. Hocus Pocus, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Christmas Vacation are a few of my favorites. A date doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel somewhere! Take a night to relax and enjoy your surroundings with a fall candle lit. p.s. the Sweater Weather candle from Bath and Body Works smells INCREDIBLE.

4. Haunted House

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Since Halloween has already passed, it’s a little too late to go to a haunted house, but it is definitely one of the best places to take someone on a date! When my boyfriend and I first started dating he took me to a haunted house called ‘Scare House of the South’….I.was.terrified. I didn’t want to look like a wuss cause I was with his little sister and her longtime boyfriend, so I literally forced myself into this thing. The entire time I was screaming and squeezing the life out of Josh’s hand. But it worked out because the whole time he was comforting me, and I could tell that he was attracted to the fact that I was brave enough to go through with it because this was no ordinary haunted house… Getting chased by chainsaw demons is not an everyday occurrence Y’all…

5. Pecan Pickin’/Apple Orchard

If you are a nature-lover like me you appreciate this date. Pecan and apple orchards are breathtakingly beautiful.  Josh and I have already planned out a trip to Pearson Farm. It is a beautiful pecan farm in Fort Valley, GA.

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I’m just excited about the beauty of it as much as I am as the tasty pecans and peaches they have! They also offer tours of the farm, and if you go online to their website you can use the pecans and peaches you pick with some of their very tasty recipes, yum!

Now, I am originally from North Georgia and that is where people are more familiar with apples. Growing up my family and I always attended the apple festivals in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it was very common to see a few apple orchards here and there on the way up. Granny Smiths, Gala, Red Delicious, Honeycrisps…all the varieties of apples you can imagine. And there is something just so satisfying about picking your own apple and doing whatever you please with it, whether it be making a pie, apple cider, a caramel apple, or just eating it on its own. I’m telling you, you need to do it this season!

6. Football Game

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Football Games are more than a big deal down south. I mean people will run you over just because you are the opposing team…you think I’m joking. Regardless of the violence, football games are so much fun! I always get so hyped dressing up head to toe in spirit wear and spending the entire day tailgating up until kick off. This is fun with a giant group of people, or with your significant other. Just have fun!

 

Thanks for reading! I hope this gives you a few ideas for some fun this season. Let me know what you do for fun in the Fall!

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-Alexis