I have always dreamed of living in a small town where you can walk up to lunch, drop into the library for story hour, and grab a cup of coffee on the way home. The idea is obviously romanticized in my head thanks to shows like Gilmore Girls, but still, I have always craved that small town feel.
Well, last month, our little family made the move to a town north of Atlanta. We honestly hadn’t spent much, if any time in it before we moved, but we found the sweetest house with a yellow door, and we were sold. Already, we are so confident that this move was the right one. We initially moved for proximity to church, friends, and work, but it has proven to have so many other benefits that have improved our quality of life.
- Walkability: Where we used to live, if we wanted to go on any semblance of a nice walk, we would have to drive about 10 minutes away in order to go on a walk. Now, we can walk out our front door and go to the park, library, dinner, get coffee, or do a little shopping. The other night we even walked up to the pumpkin patch! It really was like a little dream of mine coming true.
- Proximity: Even though we are now a little further from most of our family, we are so much closer to everything else. We are only 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta, which means that things that used to be day trips, are now afternoon activities. It has opened up so many doors of things for our family to do. And family will always be worth the drive.
- Atmosphere: Because we live in more of an up and coming area, the feel of the town is very relaxed. Even though we are still in Atlanta (where everything is big and fast), the pace feels just a little bit slower. There are big oak trees, and boutiques lining the streets. It’s quaint and a little bit more simple than the surrounding areas.
We don’t know how long we will be here, but for now, it feels like our little gem hidden in the rocks. For now, it makes the big city living, a little more simple and enjoyable. Now we pick up after dinner and go for walks as a family. Living here has created a space for more quality family time, and that is something I hope I never take for granted.