Figuring out a place to live is perhaps one of the most complex things we do with the exception of finding a partner for our lives.
There are actually some remarkable similarities. While you can visit a place many times or go out on numerous dates with your mate-to-be, you likely will never really know them until you get married.
At a certain point, a leap of faith is involved in choosing a mate or a place to live. You have to gamble that both the facts and your intuition are right. Even after years, you might not know if you have made the right decisions.
Eventually you come to the point of choosing to make lemonade out of any of the lemons you have found in your life or making radical changes.
I am happy to report that I haven’t had to make much lemonade either with living in Carteret County or with my soul mate.
When we started looking for a place, we did it together with the knowledge that no place is perfect.
We also began our search with the thought that time is of the essence which means that if we were going to try something new, now was the time.
Neither of us wanted to be stuck as our parents had been in their homes of many years without having tried a few of their dreams. So we started looking for a new place to call home for at least part of the year.
We had some rigorous criteria.
After much looking, we found Carteret County. It has turned out to be a wonderful spot with beautiful beaches, wonderful trails, and plenty to do in good and bad weather. It is a gorgeous area. We love the small town atmosphere, the beaches, and the water that practically surrounds us.
For more information on how our adventure in Carteret County along the White Oak River has turned out after over seven years, visit our Crystal Coast Life blog.
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