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5 Things You Didn’t Know About West Virginia

24 Jan

After graduating from college and working full-time in a temporary position, I let my heart lead the way and packed my bags for West Virginia where a good man and a good job were waiting for me. 3 months later, here’s what I’ve learned…

1. Beneath the Mountain State runs an underground adventure-land: Caves!

The state’s underground frontier of more than 4,000 caves attracts adrenaline seekers and curious adventurers from all over. In fact, tourism is the state’s leading industry.  For more info on caving in WV, check out The Underground Frontier.

Seneca Caverns, Riverton, WV

2. Contrary to popular belief, there are smart people…lots of them!

West Virginia University’s School of Medicine’s rural medicine program was ranked number 3 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” and the Engineering School’s aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering program was ranked 47. 

Our educated folks aren’t only retirees looking for peace and quiet. There are plenty of smart, successful residents under 30 making a difference! Check out WV Living’s Thirty Under 30.

3. There are more than 50 state parks/forests.

You want to go hiking? We’ve got you covered. Planning a hunting or fishing trip? Take your pick. Renting a cabin for a romantic or family getaway? There are plenty. No matter what outdoor adventure you’re planning, you can find it here in West Virginia. Read more about our various state parks here

Babcock State Park, Danese, WV

4. The speed limit is 70.

Okay, I’ll be honest. The drivers here aren’t exactly as skilled as I’m used to (hey Jersey!) But if you have the need for speed, we’ve got it. The highways rarely have traffic and the speed limit is 70 so obviously you can go 80 without getting a ticket. Don’t hold me to that, I’m no cop.

5. We know how to party.

There are more than 12 breweries in the state and more than 15 wineries. Also, West Virginia University has been ranked the No. 1 party school for years by Playboy and The Princeton Review. Not to mention, despite the hullabaloo about its accuracy, we all saw Buckwild. Now you know how Jersey folks felt about Jersey Shore.

I’m not a West Virginia native but it sure is becoming easier and easier to adapt to this place.

Things to Consider Before Moving In Together

7 Aug

Do you remember?

A few months back I wrote to you all asking for relationship advice. Should I move, should I not move? Remember? 

I have decided to move to the beautiful state of West Virginia!

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My boyfriend has a commitment in West Virginia for another two years which could turn into more. My temporary full-time job in N.J. is coming to an end. SO, I have begun looking for full-time employment out in the boondocks. After months of deliberating the life-changing decision, I said to myself…

“If I was ever going to uproot my entire life and do something crazy, now would be the time.”

The decision to move in together was no walk in the park. Vince (that’s my man) and I had dozens of talks about the ins and outs, the pros and cons to cohabiting.

Things we considered before moving in together:

•Bills – Thousands of couples end their relationships because of money. We don’t want to let money control our happiness. We had those difficult talks now in order to avoid confusion, anger, resentment, frustration later!

•Spare time – We are aware that our current relationship involves appointments so we set aside time to do things. Living together will be a whole new ball game. The things we used to do alone like watch ESPN or fool around on Pinterest are now public to the other. We understand the need for space and also the need to compromise to share that time.

•Intimacy – Spending four to five days apart the way we do now means that when we’re finally together, things are hot and fiesty. We’re excited, fired up, and ready to go. Living together, however, means familiarity every single night. We may lose that excitement you get from something you can’t have.

•TMI – Living together means seeing things you never wanted to even think about your partner doing. Yes ladies, you too! We admitted to the gross things we do in the privacy of our own homes. Talking about seemingly embarrassing habits made them sort of a joke and will deter future disgust.

For more information on what to do before making the move, think about these 7 things!

These talks were all good and well but the move isn’t final, yet. In order to make the move, I need to secure employment and this has been the toughest thing to do. As a recent college grad with only 3 months of full-time experience, companies aren’t exactly begging to hire me. But with a great resume (thanks college!) and a well-written cover letter, I’ve put my information out there to numerous companies. Keep your fingers crossed for me! More to come on this as the job search continues.

What are your thoughts on cohabiting Is there anything I’m not already considering? Do you have a job opening in West Virginia? 😉 I’d love to hear from you ♥

Cheers!

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11 Mar

I need your advice.

Let me start off by saying that I feel like such a 22-year-old chick right now talking about this subject. I used to laugh at girls who had this question but now that I’m in the situation, I’m really struggling with it.

Here’s the sitch:

My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year now and I’m not exactly sure why or how but we’ve become extremely serious with each other in that short amount of time. Maybe it is because we were long distance for five months. Maybe it is because he’s mature for his age. I have no idea. But this is real.

I’ve been in three other fairly-serious relationships and never before have I felt the way I do about this guy. We talk about everything with each other and rarely fight.

So… what’s the problem? He goes to school in West Virginia. As you know, I’m in New Jersey. He’ll be back in school for another two years starting in August. I’m graduating college in May.

We’ve thrown around the idea of me finding a job out there and living with him for his last two years at school. Along with that, he’s living with one of his guy friends so I’d be with the two of them for at least a year.

Pros                                                           Cons

I’d be with him                                       Uprooting my whole life

Live on my own                                      Sharing a small bedroom

Could save money living cheap             Will probably have to commute to work

Get to know his friends                        Cold as hell in WV

Obviously there are tons of pros and cons, but I want to know YOUR thoughts!

HELP!

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