Closing The First Year

Decorated porch for Halloween.

A year ago today I arrived in Asheville to stay.

Honestly, I can’t even believe it’s been so long. And yet—I can. No portion of my life has been left unchanged by this change. And while much remains yet unsettled, there’s no denying that the adventure, the challenge, the sheer difference of my life here has been invigorating.

I was able to welcome trick-or-treaters (all eight of them!) to my very own home for the first time, last night. That may not seem like a big deal to you old hands, but I can’t tell you the THRILL I got hearing one little girl say to her parents as she reached the street “That lady was so nice!”

The art scene, the very beautiful natural setting, the great weather (now that it’s not raining excessively) are all hunky-dory. The new career that I may eventually actually make some money at is good too. But what has made the transition most rewarding has been the kindness and welcome of people who live here, and the friends I am making amongst natives and newcomers alike. Asheville attracts and keeps an eclectic blend of interesting and interested folk.

I am glad to be one of them.

Man on porch holding Halloween candy bowl.

I will confess I didn’t think he would do it. But he did. Bob packed up his life in Las Vegas and moved to Asheville on my account. It has been a wonderful anchor to my life to have him here. I am glad that he seems to have few regrets about his choice.

There are many things I miss about DC—and most especially my friends there (Happy Birthday, Jocelyn!). I miss the hum of big city life and the in-pressing of a zillion different options. But I am learning to find my excitement in quieter corners.

I’m happy here.

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5 Responses to Closing The First Year
  1. Jay Dell
    November 2, 2013 | 8:57 am

    What a nice anniversary for you! I have intently followed your transition through this blog, twitter and Facebook. I’ve quietly celebrated each hurdle you’ve overcome as well as the beauty and peace that you have found the Smoky Mountains. I am very happy that you’ve found a pleasing life down there in Asheville. You are an inspiration.

  2. NT
    November 2, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Thanks, Jay! Come visit sometime!

  3. Susan Elliott
    November 2, 2013 | 6:11 pm

    There are folks missing you here, too. And I’m probably not the only one in awe of the guts and vision (patience, too) it’s taken to navigate this past year. Bravo, Nina. I’m so glad to hear you’re happy.

  4. NT
    November 4, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Awaiting your visit, Susan!

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