I’ve Moved to New York City!

Hello all! It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to actually sit down and write a post on here, but there is good reason for this! A couple of months ago, my fiancé Scott got word that he would have the opportunity to receive a job promotion within his company, but this promotion would also require him to transfer to their Manhattan office. Well, long story short, the offer went through and we have officially been living here (Brooklyn to be exact) for almost two weeks now!

I've Moved to NYC

I can honestly say that we never even imagined living in this part of the country before, but I do believe everything happens for a reason. I’ve been able to explore some more of the city throughout this past week with my littlest brother who has been visiting us since we moved, and have found that I am loving this area more than I anticipated! My camera roll already has at least 500 more pictures on it.

Please know though that moving here wasn’t an absolute breeze. There were some ups and downs that we experienced before settling in to our Brooklyn apartment, and a large hunk of it was trying to downsize all of our things within our previous two bedroom apartment to a smaller one bedroom on short notice. Thankfully, Kate was able to give us some great advice and quick tips that she learned from downsizing her entire home before moving with her husband to Italy!

Another part to our move that proved to be quite stressful was the search to find our apartment while living in another state. We quickly learned how fast the market comes and goes out here and at one point, almost made the decision for me to stay in Virginia with my family while Scott would rent through AirBnB until we could find something! Thankfully this wasn’t the case, but I have gathered quite a bit of useful information for those who also plan on moving to NYC from another state and will be sharing more details on this in another blog post soon!

@jmeelin in NYC

Until then, here is a quick round up (pictured above) of my most recent Instagram posts featuring some of the places and things I have experienced so far while living in this amazing city!



Roma, Italia- Una Bella Città (Rome, Italy- A Beautiful City)

Big time news and a big time adventure. The ‘somewhere’ in Our Sweet Somewhere is about to change from Columbus, Ohio to The Eternal City!

This big (and once thought as a farfetched) idea started back in October when I (Kate) came across a program at the American University of Rome in Food Studies. After talking it over with Anthony I decided to apply assuming I may not even hear back, let alone ever be considered. Then, in February, I received an email that I was selected to be interviewed. I was ecstatic. I spoke on the phone with the director of Graduate Studies and two weeks later I got an email congratulating me on my acceptance. Can you believe it?! I am moving to Rome! (dies from excitement)
If you have seen any other posts about our adventures, you know it is what we live for and a huge part of what this blog is all about. This, by far, is about to be our biggest adventure yet.

I don’t want to downplay this though.  We are going to have to hurdle over some massive road blocks and maneuver through some big time challenges. Relocating to Italy with only slightly over four months to plan for it is nothing short of insane and the six-mile long to-do list to prepare is growing by the minute. (Really, only a slight exaggeration in that last sentence.) Also, my loving and amazing husband is leaving a safe and secure job to embark on this wild ride with me…jobless. Have I mentioned how much I love this man? Well, I do.

But, aside from the mounds of visa and citizenship paperwork that has consumed our dining room table and the mental battle I have already started on what shoes are really necessary to bring along, I wouldn’t do this any other way. We are crazy in the eyes of some to leave, but we are crazier in our own eyes to say no.

And now, some beautiful pictures taken by my amazing sister-in-law (the pretty one smiling in front of the Florence countryside) on her last visit to Italy. Someday I will have my own to share, but until I do you will just have to drool over third party photos with me.

italy 2 Moving to Italy Gia in Florence Florence Capri alvito