Moving Out Of State – First Impressions

New Hampshire and I didn’t necessarily get off on the right foot. It can seem kind of glamorous to get up and leave the world behind, start somewhere new. But in reality, it’s very very difficult. And I knew that coming into it and I also didn’t set myself up to be in a situation where I would love it right off the bat.

I immediately jumped into a new job when I got here, a job that is much more demanding and requires me to learn a lot in a short period of time. And my boyfriend isn’t moving up with me until the end of the month which means I’ve had a lot of quiet evenings and quiet weekends.

I’m not really one for making friends and I knew that would be my biggest challenge coming up here. It’s too early for me to knock a place because of that. I’ve piled far too much on my plate (as I always do) so my first impression of moving out of state has not been a great one. Especially because we were dumped with snow which put off my boyfriend’s plans to come visit me.

I miss him and my dog and my lizard. I was well-adjusted to living together, to coming home to someone or something every day. Now it’s very very quiet and my apartment is still filled to the brim with boxes and is just a hot mess honestly. I suck at unpacking. I’m kind of just going through the motions in January, knowing that it will be better here in February.

When people start over somewhere new, they make it seem so adventurous and amazing. So I wanted to share my first impressions with you, as that is not always the case.

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10 Things I Need To Do In NJ Before I Leave

Everyone has little pieces of their home state that they can’t find anywhere else. I decided to write down 10 things I need to do in New Jersey before I move to New Hampshire. Because I know the bagels and pizza won’t be as good, and I know I won’t see the ocean for a while, and bits of my home just won’t be in New Hampshire. But once I’m there, I’ll be sure to make a list of 10 things I need to do in New Hampshire. For now, here’s my list:

  1. Wawa coffee everyyyyy week
  2. Get a North Jersey Bagel
  3. Visit Asbury Park
  4. See the ocean
  5. Lots of jersey pizza
  6. Ring in the New Year with my best friends
  7. Drive past my childhood home
  8. Sunday dinner at grandma’s
  9. Get my gas pumped (I’ll miss this the most)
  10. Go to a diner late at night.
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Leaving Your Home

I’ve lived in New Jersey basically my whole life. I was born in another state, lived in another, but that was all before memories really started to form. I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in New Jersey, and built my life here.

And while I love everything about this extremely underrated state, I never wanted to stay here forever. First I wanted to go to college in Canada, then maybe Ireland, then I wanted to move south as quick as I could. But I never did. I stayed. Until now.

Now I’m leaving my home and I don’t think it’s quite hit me yet that everything I know will be a 6 hour drive away when I move to New Hampshire. All of my friends, most of my family, my coworkers, and familiarity will be so far gone. It’s nerve-wracking.

But I’m ready to leave it behind. My adult life has become so busy anyway that I think some distance between me and all of those things will actually make the bond stronger. If the bond becomes weaker, maybe it wasn’t meant to be in the first place.

I think it’s so important to start over somewhere new, to live in new places, to meet new people. Those experiences help shape you into a well-rounded person – it’s part of the reason I travel as much as I can. It makes me a better person. And even though I’m terrible at new things and meeting new people, I at least have to try.

It’s so sad to leave your home, but there is a whole world out there to explore and we owe it to ourselves to experience it.

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Day Trip To Storm King

Sometimes making the most out of your weekends means driving 4 hours on a rainy day.

Last weekend I went to Storm King Art Center which is located in New Windsor, NY. It’s a sculpture garden that features different installations over 500 acres. It was an absolutely stunning and vast place. The sculptures and installations felt larger than life and you kind of just felt like you were in the little piece of the world not many people know about.

It has been more than fifty years after its founding and Storm King continues to grow and evolve. It is among the world’s leading sculpture parks.

We managed to walk through most of the land, but a rainy day held us back and we ended up giving up and heading to a yummy Mexican place less than 10 minutes from the center (it was called Avocado and I highly recommend).

While Storm King closes in just a few short weeks, it’s something I definitely recommend putting on your to-do list if you live on the East Coast – or if you plan on visiting soon! I’m sure it’s even more beautiful in spring and summer!

The Hookup On: Plant Nite!

I am obsessed with all these sipping and crafting nights that are popping up recently. Plant Nite was such a fun time! Basically, you are given the materials to create an adorable succulent arrangement while being able to sip on some drinks and socialize. You can check out the one I attended in Central New Jersey at their Facebook page.

The night starts with a cute little oath about keeping dirt out of our drinks and not saying the word moist (yuck!), then you are given step by step instructions on how to make the perfect terrarium for your succulents and how to care for them!

I went with my mom, but this could be a great night with any family member, friends, or significant other! You can check out pictures on their Instagram page here. Anyone would enjoy this, my mom isn’t the most social person (and I have inherited that trait), but we got along so well with the instructor and our table. My mom even took pictures like a true blogger!

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I’m super happy with my final product, it’s currently sitting on the windowsill in my office. I’ve been wanting to do a Plant Nite for a while now and was so glad to attend this one, the crowd and the drinks were great! This was seriously my ideal night out and I can’t wait to go to another one.


I received a ticket to this event in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are mine.

Have you ever done a Plant Nite? Let me know in the comments!

Live The Shore Life In Diamond Beach

I once wrote a post about my favorite places in New Jersey and how everyone here has their favorite shore town. The Jersey Shore really is an amazing way of life and place to be over the summer and year round!

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Gently open your eyes to the soothing sound of waves crashing onto the shore as a fresh ocean breeze ruffles the curtains through an open bedroom window. Sip a warm morning beverage on a wood-paneled patio while sitting in an Adirondack chair as the seagulls call out announcing the new day. After breakfast, walk the beach, hit the gym, shop, and enjoy all the beautiful scenery of Diamond Beach, New Jersey. Whether you take a bike ride, a boat ride, build a sandcastle, or just lounge in the sun casually as you sip on a cocktail, there is no end to the wonders which lay at your feet when you have a property on the coast. No two days are ever alike because the possibilities for adventure, relaxation, and quality family time are endless. Each day is a gift waiting to be unwrapped, and every evening you can sleep easy knowing you have a beautiful place to rest your head.

If you are looking to escape reality for a night, a weekend, a month, a season, or create a new reality altogether, owning or renting a home in a beachfront community can help you achieve those goals. The fresh ocean air is invigorating, and a dynamic nightlife always keeps things unpredictable and exciting. Diamond Beach in New Jersey is an exclusive area and an ideal location for a new house, a vacation home, or an income or rental property. More than that, it is an exceptional place just to get away from it all.

Investing in property near the New Jersey shore can certainly be an intimidating ordeal, especially if you are looking at the upscale Diamond Beach community on the coast. So when you do decide to invest in real estate, do not leave your dreams in the hands of an amateur. Solicit the advice of a qualified Real Estate Broker and find a property to turn your dreams into a reality. If you are interested in purchasing or renting a home, condo, or townhouse on the Jersey shore, then consult the experts at Daniels Realty Diamond Beach. They have a proven track record of success, and they have been the number one real estate agency in the area for more than 25 years. The real estate brokers at Daniels Realty Diamond Beach specialize in properties on the New Jersey coastline in communities like Diamond Beach, Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, and North Wildwood.

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If you are not quite ready for the commitment of purchasing a property, there are plenty of temporary and rental options available. If you see visions of beachfront vacations or luxurious shoreside relaxation in your future, then a real estate broker from Daniels Realty Diamond Beach can help you find a property to fulfill your desires. Moreover, after a summer at the shore, you might just realize how difficult it is to leave and soon you will be considering an investment of your own, with a Diamond Beach home or vacation property. Whatever your property needs are, you should always work with someone you trust, who has experience, a record of success, and someone who values their clients as buyers and sellers.

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Colleen Rennie has years of experience as a real estate broker with Daniels Realty Diamond Beach.

Colleen Rennie is a Broker and Manager at Daniels Realty Diamond Beach, and she has over 13 years of experience in the New Jersey real estate market. As a lifetime resident of North Wildwood, she understands the area, the properties, and she has all the know-how to help her clients obtain the property for which they are searching. When you are ready to purchase a home on the shore, Colleen should be your first call. She is known for her keen negotiation skills, professionalism, and her unwavering passion for the industry, which means she is capable and experienced enough to help your dreams come to fruition. Colleen has helped hundreds of people find and purchase the shoreside home of their dreams. She has fulfilled summertime ambitions of unforgettable memories with family and friends by securing properties on or near the beach for her clients. Colleen has been successful as a real estate broker because of her friendly disposition and her steadfast belief that solid relationships are the foundation for good business. She has built her reputation on integrity and trust, and she is committed to a culture of service to both buyers and sellers. Colleen will invest her knowledge and business savvy in you and your potential property so that you can invest in a home in a Jersey beach community.

If you are interested in purchasing or renting a piece of New Jersey shore life or if you are looking to put your property on the market call Colleen at Daniels Realty Diamond Beach today. It is never too early to start turning your dreams into reality.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

My 8 Favorite Places In New Jersey

I’ve lived in New Jersey for basically my whole life. I really really hated it at one point, then learned to love its beauty. Yes, it really is beautiful for those who call it the armpit of America! Here are 8 places I love in New Jersey that you should visit if you ever get the opportunity to stop in!

  1. Grounds for Sculpture
    A large garden filled with sculptures, art, and surprises around every corner. The collections are constantly evolving. You can see me at it here.
  2. Schooley’s Mountain
    I’m not great at hiking, so a small park where I can still see waterfalls is great for me! I’ve been visiting Schooley’s Mountain since I was in high school.
  3. Jenny Jump
    I haven’t been to Jenny Jump in a while, but from the top of this little mountain you can see a lot of New Jersey. It’s very peaceful.
  4. Sea Isle City
    Everyone in New Jersey has their preferred shore town, mine is Sea Isle City. You ca catch me here most summers.
  5. Collingswood
    I’m weirdly obsessed with South Jersey and Collingswood epitomizes that for me. Check out the Pop Shop if you ever want some reallyyy good food.
  6. Asbury Park
    Asbury Park is like magical to me. I didn’t even discover it until this year, but the murals and the boardwalk are just so special and artsy.
  7. Rowan University
    This is where I went to college! Rowan is a home for me.
  8. Viaducts
    So, it’s illegal to go here and I dropped a picture of it below. The viaducts are a Weird NJ spot, it is tunnels and tunnels of graffiti and it’s amazing!

Have you ever been to New Jersey? Would love to hear your thoughts and favorite places in the comments 🙂

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