We’re Moving.

I have some kind of really big news to share with you today, dear readers…

Hubs and I are moving. To Nashville, Tennessee. In July.

Many of our close friends and family already know this, but at long last we’re finally ready to make it public. We’ve had this goal in mind for a long time, but the plans are finally starting to fall into place. Matt has found a job, I’ve found some freelance writing work. I’m currently looking for a part-time job to fill in the gaps in our income as we make this transition. We think we’ve found a place to live, and hopefully we’ll sign a lease when we go back to visit the second weekend in June. Our tentative moving date is July 3.

Here’s the long and short of it of why we’re moving :

We need to thrive as creative people.

I have lived in Chicago for close to ten years (!), and Matt grew up here. We have loved this place. And though we’ve always lived in the suburbs, it is the city of Chicago that has anchored me in this stage of life as I’ve grown into my adult self. Its culture – the art! the music! the food! the sports! – has enriched my life in a thousand ways. Its sweeping skyline and glimmering lakeshore have welcomed me home as a pair of open arms. Chicago is as much a part of my identity as the rural Michigan farm town where I was raised.

But as much as we’ve loved living here, we’ve slowly recognized that we’re not really thriving. Chicago’s cost of living is one of the highest in the country, and this is a harsh economic environment for artists to succeed in. We’ve found ourselves pouring all of our energy and resources into surviving, with little left to put toward our creative endeavors. We’re finding, at this stage of life, that we need to live in an area that fosters creative community, mostly through a lower cost of living.

We have several friends that have moved to Nashville for these same reasons, and once we visited we fell in love with it too. It’s a beautiful, affordable city with a thriving creative community. (And the warm weather doesn’t hurt either.)

In the coming months I’ll share more posts with you about this move, but for now, I just want to say thank you to everyone that’s supported us through this process.

We have not made this decision lightly. It has been difficult to come to terms with, difficult to explain to our loved ones. Not everyone shares our priorities and dreams, and we respect that, but this decision is the right one for us right now.

Keep us in your thoughts and prayers, friends. We’ll need them as we plant new roots.

Much love,

Bethany & Matthew.

  • http://www.eloranicole.com/ elora nicole ramirez

    NASHVILLE MEANS YOU’RE CLOSER. :) :) :)

    Excited for you guys.

    • Skye Norris

      Bethany…. that is so exciting! Nashville is one of my favourite places. I can see why you chose it. Will pray for you for your exciting new journey!

    • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

      OHMY YES. So much closer to you! I hope that means we can visit each other at some point in the near future. Love you, friend. <3

  • http://www.edcyzewski.com/ Ed_Cyzewski

    So excited for you. Way to seek space for your creative gifts!

  • http://jasonandkelliwoodford.blogspot.com/ kelli woodford

    I’ve started this comment four times. Every time the words “NOOOO” and “But I’ll MISS you” keep popping up, despite my sincere attempt to be joyful for your news. Please forgive me for my selfishness, but also know (which you probably do) that it’s only because I treasure you so dearly, Bethany, that those words keep interrupting so rudely.
    Nashville doesn’t know what they’re getting. You guys are MADE FOR THIS. … And actually, in light of that thought, who I am to stand in the way (as if I could ;) ) of your big move? Follow where the Wind blows, friend. Grace and peace to you.

  • http://www.margaretfelice.com/ Margaret

    Congrats!

  • Sally Nash Boyd

    Good luck and congratulations.

  • http://sandraheskaking.com/ Sandra Heska King

    This is awesome! I have lots of friends there. I’d move there. But for now, I have to stay in the Michigan farm town…

  • http://jimwoodswrites.com/ Jim Woods

    Glad you are moving to Music City! So exciting! Congrats! I have a theory that eventually everyone I know is going to move here :) haha

    • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

      Not me brother even though it would be cool to hang out with you :)

  • Eric Smith

    Matt and Bethany, how exciting! Can’t wait to continue following your journeys there!

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Congrats Bethany and Matt! We just made a big move to our dream location and it was the best decision for our family. You’ve thought this through and planned so I know this will be wildly successful for your two :)

  • http://www.leighkramer.com/ Leigh Kramer

    I so remember that feeling of surviving, instead of thriving. Proud of you guys for making this move and looking forward to having you in town!

    • Mark Allman

      I was going to tell you one of my favorite writers lives there and here she is!! Go Leigh. Another of my most favorite writers lives there as well and if you don’t know her you can check out Alece here: http://www.gritandglory.com/ One other person’s blog I follow lives there too: http://lauramcclellan.com/

  • http://www.gracebiskie.com/ Grace Sandra

    Wish I could come iwht you! nash-nasty is pretty amazeballs! =)

  • Anne Bogel

    Congrats on your new adventure!

  • http://karissaknoxsorrell.com/ Karissa Knox Sorrell

    I will welcome you warmly!!! I absolutely love living in Nashville.

  • http://philbryson.com Phil Bryson

    Hope all goes well for you and I know about the expense of living in a city as I live on the outskirts of London England UK. It may take a while fore you to settle in but as you already know people there, I’m sure that it’ll be a lot easier for you both. Good luck and may you prosper and grow there.

  • Britney Sheme

    I am excited for you, Miss Bethany. New chapters are exciting and anxious times. Perhaps, our meeting will be in TN next time. :) Good luck!