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Winds of Change

May 30, 2014

I have some news. Some BIG news.

I got a fantastic new job — if I do say so myself — and Wilson and I are moving to Savannah, GA, in three weeks. Yes, three weeks.


I’m leaving Charlotte — the place where I’ve grown up, where my incredible family lives, where I have the best friends, where Wilson and I built our first house together as a couple — in pursuit of a new adventure.

Cue the tears.


Not that I know anything about life, but I feel like this is one of those turning points. I can feel the page turning, the wind blowing, the storm rolling in… The signs that change is here, change is happening, right at this very moment.

Funny fact about little ol’ me — I hate change.

Ever since I was a child I have resisted change. I cling to normalcy, to comfort, to control — I like knowing that my parents live just 20 minutes away and that Wilson and I can go over for dinner any night. I like knowing that when I go to the grocery store I’ll probably run into one of my friends. I like knowing my baby nieces are right down the road and I can watch them grow up. I like knowing that at the end of a bad day I can come home to our wonderful little house and be comforted by its warm welcome.

Change is such a polarizing enigma, but a necessary one — for me at least.

As the leader of the “I hate change” movement, I know deep down that I must push myself to pursue new things because change is the spark of growth. I could easily stay in my wonderful home, with my comfortable job, enjoying life with my amaze-balls husband. There is certainly nothing wrong with that — in fact it’s what I’ve always aspired to achieve one day. But I know that later in life I would look back at this time and think, Geez I was a Grade A wuss.

So I’m taking a chance. A big risk. And I’m pushing myself. I’m pushing myself to move forward in my career, to move to a place where I know ONE PERSON. Just writing that scares the shit out of me. I am pushing myself because from change comes growth, and from growth comes experience — and life is all about the experience.

Here’s another funny thing about life — again, not that I know anything about anything — but guess how I got my new job? From this blog. Silver Spoon Taste On a Plastic Fork Budget got me a job. My new boss is an SST reader — and she’s probably reading this now, hey C! — and she liked what she read, and now I have a new job.

Cue more tears.

I am SO happy, grateful, proud… But I couldn’t have done it without YOU.

So, without further ado, thank you. Thank you for reading this blog of mine. Because of your support, your readership and your kind words I have written this thing for almost a year now and will continue to write it for (hopefully) many more years. Because of you I have a new job. Because of you Wilson and I are starting a new chapter of our lives together. I’m so sappy right now, I can hardly stand myself. 

I am so excited to share Wilson’s and my new adventure with all of you. Just think of all the new decorating projects I’ll have… Can’t wait to DIY the shit out of a new place.

We went from this:

Wilson in Old House

To this:

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And now we get to do it again.

If anyone knows anyone in Savannah or if anyone lives in Savannah and wants to be my friend, please let me know. I need friends! If you do have any references, please don’t send me anyone who doesn’t drink. I don’t want to scare them.

Well, now you know my big, life-changing news. Writing this diatribe of my incredibly mixed emotions has been oh-so therapeutic for me, so thank you for reading. But now I need a drink. 


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  • Reply Courtney Hampson May 30, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I am reading! And can’t wait for you to join the team at Palmetto Bluff. Hurry up. I have a big list for you.

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Hahaha can’t wait!! Thank you for everything!

  • Reply BROOKE May 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Just to set things strait on the whole “I only will know one person in Savannah” sap story….You will have the whole Brannen cland awaiting your arrival with so many casseroles, you probably will gain a good 20lbs the first day! I am thrilled for your “change”. See you down south! Love and Hugs

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:10 am

      Hahaha I love it!! I will NEED a good casserole and visiting time with the Brannen’s to cheer me up! Thanks so much Brooke and hope you and your sweet family are well!

  • Reply Noel Lance May 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Congrats on your move! You BETTER be driving back every 8 weeks for your hair appt! Xoxo. Noel

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Hahaha thank you Noel!!! I definitely will, I can’t have bad-looking hair or else no one will want to be my friend. MISS YOU ALREADY!

  • Reply Brooks Boyd May 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Proud Dad!

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Love you Dad!

  • Reply Beth May 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Oh, my AnnaB –
    I have grown so very fond of you and will miss your presence. Even tho we rarely saw each other it was comfort knowing you were only an IM away. From the moment I interviewed you in Charlotte I knew you were someone very special and working with you has been an utter joy. You are an amazingly talented woman and I aspire to be you one day. Continue to follow your heart and you will always find yourself exactly where you are supposed to be. I wish you and Wilson the best of luck and I just know our paths will cross again one day. Xoxo

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Beth don’t make me start crying again! Thank you so much for your kind words, I really appreciate it. I hope you will come with Krystle to visit our new city!! Wish you all the best and thank you for reading.

  • Reply Rhonda Lambert May 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Congratulations Anna! You are a brave woman. I hope the best for you and Wilson. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. You’re very funny. Good luck!

    • Reply Anna May 31, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much Rhonda, hope you are well and thank you so much for reading!

  • Reply Meg McKinney May 31, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Oh my goodness!!! A HUGE congratulations to you both! That is so exciting! Let me know if you need moving help!

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much Meg!! And be careful what you wish for… I’ll put you and Ryan to work… 🙂

  • Reply Catherine McCloskey May 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Fly the nest baby bird! So proud of you and your new adventure!

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Haha thank you so much Catherine!! High school teachers really do make a difference. You’re doing God’s work!

  • Reply Ashley Sigmon May 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Congratulations on the new job and on taking on the adventure!!! It’s scary to leave the comfortable and safe but it will be worth it! I know you and Wilson will fit right in and make so many friends! Love reading this and can’t wait to continue to follow y’all!

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you so much Ashley! I think it will be worth it too — it’s just scary! Haha. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Reply Eliza Vaughn June 1, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Anna! I am so, so happy for you. I’m reading regularly and can’t wait to hear about your new adventure. My husband and I also recently moved to Georgia, but to Macon (about two hours from Savannah). So, whenever Nick and I come to Savannah for a getaway, I hope we can have a get-together 🙂

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much Eliza! So good to hear from you. Please let me know if you are ever in Savannah and I will do the same if I’m in Macon! Thanks for reading.

  • Reply Patrice Boyd June 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    So proud of you! An exciting new adventure awaits! Go get ’em!

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thank you! Love you!!!

  • Reply Brit June 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Congrats, Anna!! We will miss you guys but we’re so excited for you! Love, Brit

    • Reply Anna June 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you so much Brit!! Y’all will have to come visit!

  • Reply Catharine Hedrick June 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Love reading your blog so I hope you will continue. Palmetto Bluff… The most beautiful place in the other Carolina! Best of luck to you both. I am sure I will keep up with you through Louise.

    • Reply Anna June 3, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Haha yes it absolutely is the most beautiful place!! I am so excited. Thank you so much for reading Catharine, I so appreciate it. Louise is my #1 marketer!!! The best.

  • Reply Austin June 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    What will you be doing in Savannah!?

    • Reply Anna June 3, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      I will be doing marketing for a fabulous residential/resort area in the SC lowcountry. I am beyond excited!! I am ready for the warm salty breezes and lazy porch afternoons… 🙂

      • Reply Austin June 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        Awesome!!! Good for you! Thanks so much for responding 🙂

        • Reply Anna June 4, 2014 at 7:23 am

          Of course!!

  • Reply Aunt Val June 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    We re so excited for you two! We also love Savannah. Good luck in your next life adventure!

    • Reply Anna June 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much Aunt Vallie!! Love you.

  • Reply Lindsey June 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Congratulations! That sounds like an amazing opportunity. It’s too bad you’re moving because I’m trying to move to Charlotte and was thinking we could be friends 😉 but Savannah is absolutely gorgeous and you’re going to love it. Good luck with the move!

    • Reply Anna June 6, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Dang!! Well maybe you should think about moving to Savannah?? 🙂 Thanks so much for the well wishes and for reading. Please let me know if you ever visit!

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