On September 18, 2009 I launched this website with my very first blog post, The News. Nick and I had been dating almost two years and weren't even engaged yet. We were living in a little apartment in Charleston, SC with our lab mix puppy Maggie.
Nick had put in his preferences for where we wanted to live next. San Diego was our first choice and Honolulu, HI was number two. Just in case I'd started working on some of the paperwork to get Maggie into Hawaii (there are very strict guidelines in bringing a pet to the island). We had found out the day before that we would be going to Hawaii. I was in shock. It seemed too good to be true and at the same time really, really scary. It was a huge move.
I loved Charleston while we were there. We were only there for about a year though and Nick and I were young. I didn't make much money and pretty much stressed about money the entire time I was there. I made some friends, who I really cared about and had a blast with. I got to work as background on my first TV show, Army Wives, which paved a way for me to look into working on Hawaii Five-O when I moved to Hawaii. Army Wives itself was an incredible experience- it was entirely more intimate than the network feel of Five-O could ever be. I knew the casting department by name, I worked practically every week, and knew at least a few people on set every time I worked. I still stay in touch with friends from background and crew.
As Nick and I got here and began adjusting to the island, secretly we dreamed of how great we had it while in Charleston. I wish we had taken more time to appreciate it. I wish I hadn't always been so stressed about working and paying student loans. I wish we had maybe been a little more mature and comfortable with each other- it's hard making that big of a jump with someone you have only been dating a few months.
Nick submitted his preferences for where we want to spend the next two years on shore duty and amazingly enough, much to my disbelief, we got our number one choice: We're going back to Charleston, SC!
While it would be exciting to try to travel more while we're still young, there really weren't a lot of exciting options. Charleston though- we are both SO excited to be going back. It's on the same coast as my family in Maryland- only about an 8-10 hour drive away! It's also the same time zone so I can pick up the phone and call my family and friends back home and not have to stop and think about if they're in bed. No more text messages at 3 and 4AM.
No more shipping issues. We already know the area we want to live. We already have friends there and maybe more in the next year!
I can't wait to start this next big adventure!