5 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Moving Back to Greensboro, NC

Moving to Greensboro, NC

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At the end of October, I’ll be moving back to what I consider my “hometown,” Greensboro, NC. Greensboro is where I lived and worked for a number of years before moving down to the coast, where I am now.

This decision comes after much thinking, ruminating, list-making, pros & cons weighing, daily journaling, and many, many weepy hours trying to figure out what it’s going to take to make me feel happy again.

Although this is the right decision for a few reasons, I still feel torn, because I adore Wilmington. If it’s possible to be in love with a town the way you can be in love with a person, then I am truly, madly, deeply in love with Wilmington, North Carolina.  And I am positively crazy about living on the coast, and being able to go to the beach whenever I please.

But.

I miss my family and friends in and around Greensboro, I feel disconnected and alone here much of the time, and my life in Wilmington has fallen into a pitiful routine of work and . . .  well, not much else, to tell you the truth. It’s mostly work. Sad!!, as Donald Trump might say.

I desperately need a change, the kind that will yank me out of this fog I’ve been wandering around in for months.

Journaling Saves the Day

I’ve always kept a journal, but when this blueness descended a while back, I started journaling like a madwoman. Every day, first thing in the morning, I write 5, 10, sometimes 15 pages in my journal.

It’s through that process that I came to the decision that moving back to Greensboro is exactly the right thing to do, right now.

Now, I realize I could make changes to the way I’m operating my life in Wilmington and remain here. But I don’t think that’s going to get the job done on the alleviating-the-fog-&-sadness front.

I want a fresh start. I want to live where I have a more robust support network.  I want to live in a place with more freelance work and employment opportunities. I want to live in a city with great bookstores, an alt-weekly I can’t wait to read each week, and an active writer’s community.

That last one is uber-important — I want to live in a place that offers more support for writers and opportunities to work on the craft of writing.

Greensboro is that place.

As I wrote here, I want to rearrange my life to prioritize the writing that is closest to my heart. Meaning, the writing I do outside of the client work I do as a freelance marketing copywriter during the hours of 9:00 — 6:00, Monday – Friday.

My promise to myself is that once I’m in Greensboro and settled in, I’m going to double down on that “other” writing, and become involved in the writer’s community in my newly adopted city.

At first it felt like leaving Wilmington was admitting to some kind of defeat, but now I’m excited. Eager. Ready. Feeling impatient to start my life over in Greensboro.

Here are a few of the reasons I can’t wait to get back to my hometown.

5 Reasons I’m Looking Forward to Moving Back to Greensboro, NC

#1: A more robust support network of family and friends. My brother and his wife, and my sister live about 30 minutes outside of Greensboro, and I can’t wait to be able to visit with them on the regular. My dearest friend of over 30 years lives in Winston-Salem, which is a little over 30 minutes from Greensboro. Several other long-time friends I adore live in Greensboro.

#2: More opportunities. Wilmington’s population is 113,657, while Greensboro’s is 279, 639. And there’s the added benefit of Greensboro’s proximity to two other cities, High Point and Winston-Salem. So there are more opportunities of all kinds in GSO — for work, for play, for cultural activities, for getting involved in the community, and so on.

Speaking of work, as a freelance marketing copywriter and web marketing strategist, I have the freedom to make my own schedule and take on only the kind of clients & projects I’m most interested in. In fact, my project schedule is full at the moment, and I’m booked out for the next couple of months.

That said, once I get back to Greensboro, I want to explore other opportunities, maybe even full-time work. Or I may continue to do the freelance work I’m doing now, and take a part-time job doing something I love. Working in a bookstore strikes me as the perfect plan if I end up going that route, or maybe helping a beloved bookstore with their web and/or email marketing.

#3: Scuppernong Books. There’s nothing I love more than a good independent bookstore. I noticed many of my Greensboro friends “liked” Scuppernong Books, located in downtown Greensboro, on Facebook, and when I checked out their website and their Facebook page, I can see why. After watching the NC Weekend segment about the store, I’m officially in love. I have now been stalking Scuppernong Books on Facebook for two months.

It’s going to be one of my first stops and regular hang-out spots when I get back to town.  Their events calendar is a book lover’s dream — readings and other literary-oriented happenings take place most days of the month (and it looks like lots of community-oriented happenings as well). And there’s a café, with wine and beer! Just try to keep me away. 🙂

#4: Writer’s Group of the Triad. I’ve been searching high and low in Wilmington for over two years for a local writer’s group that meets in person, with no luck. Though I’m involved in two online writer’s groups, I want to meet with other writers face to face, to be part of an active and supportive writer’s community that meets regularly. Writer’s Group of the Triad in Greensboro is this group — exactly what I’ve been looking for, and sorely lacking, in my writing life. Not only does WGOT meet regularly, they offer 10 different critique groups, based on genre. My writer’s heart swoons. There’s a critique group for memoir writers, mystery writers, novelists, short story writers, children’s lit writers and more. So.very.excited. about this resource!

#5: Triad City Beat. I’ve also been stalking Triad City Beat on Facebook for the last couple of months. Triad City Beat is an alt-weekly covering food, music and the arts in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. They “unapologetically focus on the cities, and won’t shrink from defending LGBT rights, racial justice and an urban sensibility. We carry the flag for no party or faction, and fiercely defend our editorial independence.”

Now that is my kind of publication. I’m thrilled I’ll be able to pick it up each week and read it cover to cover. For now I’m reading it online.

Some of my favorite recent pieces:

Barstool: A three-hour tour (of booze) 

Vacant: Behind the empty storefronts on South Elm’s 300 block 

Look, mom: I’m finally learning how to cook 

That’s the short list. There are obviously other compelling reasons I’m looking forward to moving back to GSO, but these are a few of the strongest. It’s the little things that aren’t really so little — a great independent bookstore, a respected alt-weekly, resources for writers — that make Greensboro so attractive to me.

*Special Note: I’ll be back in GSO by the end of October and will be looking for part-time employment opportunities for sure (and maybe full-time employment opportunities). If your business/weekly publication/bookstore/restaurant group/magazine/publishing house could use a skilled marketing person/copywriter/web marketing strategist, let’s talk! My email address is: kimberly.houston@gmail.com.

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