I started researching schools first. We have three young boys and their education was going to be the deal breaker if it did not look promising. As I researched though, I learned that the school systems are great and offer a lot of different programs. Once we knew that, Jay and I scheduled a weekend trip to Asheville so he could check out this place too. Long story short - Jay fell in love too. We entered into planning mode - told our kids the plan, our families, and started researching the area more and working with a realtor. We took our boys to Asheville in the spring and they fell in love as well. We wanted our boys to finish out the 2011/2012 school year in our current town but were hoping to sell our house and move in the summer of 2012.
Unfortunately, the housing market had other plans. We learned that we were more upside down on our current house than we initially thought. That was a bit of set back for us because it pushed our plans back possibly a year or more. I was really disappointed but, we are responsible homeowners and we are content where we are right now so we keep looking ahead.
In order to stay focused on our dream, a friend suggested I make a vision board. I had never heard of this so I googled 'Vision Boards' and found so many inspiring ideas. They can be anything from a scrapbook, to wall art, journaling, online inspiration, etc. I decided to create a vision board within one of my Pinterest boards. It was a perfect way for me to pin things that inspire me and keep me moving forward. I look through the items I have pinned and, when I'm feeling low, I seek out additional items to encourage me to keep going. As a result, my vision board items are probably the most repinned items out of all of my Pinterest boards. You can see it HERE
Another great way I stay inspired is to go through the photos that Asheville inspired me to take with each visit.
|On my first hike in Asheville. This was taken in August 2011.|
Jay. My husband, biggest fan, supporter, and willing to pose for a photo in front of a blank canvas, sitting in a dirty chair in a studio building. I'm so thankful that we are in this together.