A North Carolina Summer

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Two summers ago I packed up my stuff and moved my newly-wedded self all the way from Los Angeles, California to Fayetteville, North Carolina to live with my husband. Talk about a culture shock. I was used to palm trees and sunshine, and people. What I found in Fayetteville was rain and more rain and hardly any people except those living on base. We had no money, no savings and no idea what we were getting ourselves into. If I’m being honest, I didn’t handle my new lifestyle so well. Daniel left for weeks at a time for training exercises, and I stayed in the comfort of my apartment, afraid to venture out and try new things. I only lived there for six months before Daniel deployed, but we never once went to the beach or explored a new city. The furthest away we went from Fayetteville was to Raleigh and even there we mostly only spent time going to and from the airport. That thing I mentioned about not having money, yeah that probably played a huge part in the fact that we didn’t do much. But it’s not like it costs anything more then gas to get yourself out to the ocean and put your toes in the sand. I’m sure if I had taken the time to do that at least once, I might have been more content in my situation. Six months into living there, cue one deployment to Afghanistan and one very upset wife. When I found out Daniel was deploying, I immediately regretted any bad feelings I had towards Fayetteville and our living situation. I would have lived happily in Fayetteville for another 20 years if it meant keeping Daniel from deployment, but it was too late. This week, I am packing myself up for another mini-move out there. I call it a mini-move because I’m only staying for the summer, but this time I’ll do things differently. I know that North Carolina is a beautiful place and even though Fayetteville will never become my favorite location in the world, I’m going to take advantage of every free day Daniel and I have together to explore the rest of the state and the states surrounding it. I don’t want to look back later and regret not seeing everything that it has to offer. If you have any suggestions on things I should do and places I should see in North Carolina, let me know! I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with you guys throughout this upcoming summer.

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  1. I can relate to this so much! When my husband and I got married I was living in Las Vegas (born and raised) and then all of the sudden I was thrust into North Carolina culture at Bragg too. Kyle and I spent 4 years there and we loved every second of it. He was gone a lot and deployed from there as well but I have so many amazing memories from our time there. I would love the chance to go back if his career goes that way. :)

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    1. When I was in that situation I felt like I was the only one who could possibly relate! So glad to hear that others had similar experiences. I can't wait to make the most out of it this summer :)

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  2. I totally felt the same way at first going from San Clemente to Rhode Island. I still don't miss the snow, but now when I look back I realize it really was a charming location and I wish I could go back and enjoy it a little more fully than I did!

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    1. I feel so lucky that we didn't end up some place with snow, I hate the snow! Hopefully you're getting everything you can out of where you are now so when you move onto the next place you'll feel good about it :)

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