We’re peacing out ATL and moving to Florida!

It feels so weird to even type the words but yes, it is true…we’re peacing out of Atlanta and moving to Florida! 

When I was growing up in Southern California, my younger brother Michael and I both said the words, “We are NEVER leaving California!” over and over again. We meant it too. Or at least I thought we did. Ha! I looooved California and I loved my childhood SO much! Like really, I had THE BEST childhood! I loved the sunshine. I loved the beach. I loved that Disneyland was thirty minutes away and well, so was the snow if I ever so desired, which I never really desired. I loved the LA Dodgers. I loved that Hawaii and Las Vegas were only a few hours away! I loved my friends. I loved my job. I loved it all!

And then off I went to Nashville, TN. 

I really enjoyed Nashville too and truly loved living there. It’s such a wonderful city and some of our BFF’s are still there! Really great and amazing memories!

And then off I went to Atlanta, GA.

I loved living in Atlanta too. I lived in the city of Atlanta for 11 of my last 14 years here in Georgia. In fact, our last house…”Big Blue” as we called it, we said we would live in forever. 

And then off we went to the live life in the country. A beautiful place called Serenbe.

Everyone couldn’t really figure out what THAT move was about. I couldn’t really figure out why everyone couldn’t figure it out. lol We’re only 40 minutes from the city of Atlanta. People who live a few minutes from the city sit in traffic for OVER an hour. Every day. We’ve LOVED living in the country too. The peace, tranquility, the really cool community in our neighborhood. I mean duh…Serenbe was featured on CBS This Morning twice annnnd even though I didn’t know who he was, lol, we had a Walking Dead guy as our neighbor! (Read that store here.) Our neighborhood is like something out of a movie! (No really, they filmed the Divergent movie Insurgent here.) I once again said…”I’m gonna live in Serenbe forever!”

And then we decided to move to Florida!

Say whaaaaaat???? Here’s the thing. My husband Eric grew up in Florida. My Aunt and cousins lived in Florida. We spent the last year going back and forth to Florida…Orlando more specifically because we had Walt Disney World Annual Passes for the first time. (Which was AHHHmazing…read more about that here!) annnnd one of our BFF’s and their family moved to Florida a few years ago. Plus, I love the sunshine. I love the beach. I love that Walt Disney World is like 20 minutes from our new house…Squeal! Hmmm…sounds like all of the same reasons I loved my California childhood.

People have asked us, WHY? To which we say, why NOT?! Life’s short! My husband’s company My Smart Shirt (check him out, he puts logos on stuff and does all of my swag), is opening another office in Orlando but don’t worry Atlanta peeps, he’ll still be taking care of you here. And me? Well, I can do my Coffee Convo Wednesday show, share stories and social media ANYWHERE, so why not have another family life adventure?! It really is THAT simple! Like Belle sings in Beauty and The Beast “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell!”

More specifics? We’re planning on moving sometime over the Summer after our girls are done with school. Speaking of school, we love both of their schools here, so yah…that was hard, but we’re happy that we’ve found a really wonderful new school that they’ll both start together in the Fall. Yay! I’ve even made a new mom friend at their new school who has helped us so much through this whole process! (Thanks, Amanda!) We’re building a new home in an area called Winter Garden in one of THE cutest little communities and it’s right on a ginormous lake that also has a 22 miles bike trail that runs right through our neighborhood! Who knows…maybe I’ll even start using it for running since I’m a “runner” now. Ha! 

Momma Jane is, of course, coming with us and is pretty excited too! The girls are GIDDY, especially our oldest daughter Lily because she gets to change her room color from hot pink to blue. It’s the little things right?! Eric is looking forward to sharing his business with even more of an audience in Orlando. And me, I love living life BIG with my family so I’m beyond ECSTATIC for our newest adventure and not gonna lie, kind of looking forward to some possible new and exciting opportunities. Every single one of our friends has been super happy and supportive for us and of course, cannot WAIT to have a place to stay when they come visit. (aka go to Disney!) Did I mention that it’s only 20 minutes away?!

So will we be in Florida forever? I guess the lesson here is never saying never! 

Love, peace, and happiness…y’all, we’re headed South! Well, South-er that is. πŸ˜‰

XO Cindy 

 

PS. Because we’re that dorky family who likes to dress up in costumes, we couldn’t possibly share our moving to Florida news without doing some silly photos right?! Soooo, thank you to our amazing photographer friend Andy Brophy from One Nine Images for our “peace out” photo shoot. Make-up and hair extraordinaire Linda Margarita. The Serenbe Playhouse for their awesome hippie bus backdrop from their 2013 musical Hair and of course our beautiful neighborhood of Serenbe where all of our amazing pictures here in this post (as well as all of our Christmas card pictures) have been done! Plus we couldn’t be doing this move without listing our house with our awesome real estate friends. The wonderful and amazing team at Serenbe Real Estate, Garnie, Karen, Raina, Gil and Michael as well as our longtime friend, agent and awesome human, Etan Levine from Keller Williams! Thank you in advance for helping to sell our house! #Serenbe4Life 

 

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71 Comments

  • becky thatcher says:

    Congrats and best wishes on your new adventure!!!

  • Ashley Davis says:

    Seriously, you are amazing and what a way to share the news! We are praying for an amazing adventure for you all! Thanks for taking us along for the journey!!! xoxoxo

  • Susan Kavanaugh says:

    So excited for you!!! Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in the new place.

  • Tami says:

    We will miss you all being here in GA. But I so get the idea of moving on to the next adventure in life if/when you can. I’m forever stuck in my boring life, it seems. But if I had the chance, I would go seek and find my next adventure too. I’m glad we’ll still be connected through social media. All the best to the Simmons/Carnells in packing (bummer) and moving (bigger bummer) to FL.

  • OMG I’m so sad you’re leaving, but I al TOTALLY coming to visit you in Florida! 20 minutes from WDW, SOLD!!!!

  • Devoria says:

    Oh, Cindy!
    All I can say is WOW!!!!
    I will really, really miss you and the family.
    I’ve enjoyed watching your Convo Wednesdays, as well as reading your blog.
    Gosh, time has really flown. I remember when you were pregnant with Lily many moons ago.
    I was there in spirit as you went through your bout with Cancer.
    And now, you’re leaving. You are such an inspiration to many, and I know you will continue to do so.
    I’m not going to lie, I’ve thought about moving to another state, but my mom is very ill, so I put the thought on the “back burner” for now, not to say that I won’t consider it in the future. Adventures are nice you know!
    I am now close to retirement in a couple of years, and look forward to filling my bucket list of traveling around the world with my significant other.
    Love to you and the fam! I know the journey will be prosperous for all of you.

  • Ilene Moore says:

    Wow wonderful news and I love the peace out pictures. I know you will have fun – to your blessed new adventure.

  • ALYSON SHELTON says:

    Happy for you Cindy! Good luck!

  • Cindy Pittman says:

    It sounds like your sweet family is ready for an awesome new adventure. I love that Mama Jane jumps in and enjoys it every step of the way. Praying God’s riches blessings and you all.

  • Linda Miller says:

    Im so happy for your family, if i could move my grandkids with me I’d be right behinf you because i love the beach! I love how you live life , thank goodness for facebook! Wishing you and your family love and blessings for this next chapter of your life! See you on facebook! ❀

  • You used a set piece from HAIR. Love that. The night I went to the show was the night is RAAAAAAAINED and we ended up having a jam session under the equestrian pavilion! So sad that you will be leaving, but EXCITED for your next chapter. Y’all are really Rolling Stones! πŸ™‚

  • heather says:

    All endings become new beginnings!
    Love these pics! πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie says:

    You’re gonna LOVE Winter Garden! I lived in Clermont for several years. It’s just a short drive west from Winter Garden. My daughter attended Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, and it’s THE BEST school ever! Best of luck to you and your family!

  • Congratulations! We moved from Ga to FL in June, We moved here 6/13 32015. We live Sebring the home of the ,24 hours of Sebring. My son-law is the Operations Manager and sometimes has to be the crew manager for Sick Sideways Racing. He is also in the process of getting his own driver’s license to race. You have to have a different type of racing.

    You are going to love it here. There is a lot to do in the many small cities
    South of Orlando.

    One moving tip: use the suction bags to put your clothes in. Perfect, when unpacking it’s straight from the bag to the closet. They have a set where you can leave the hangers on. Straight from the bag to the closet. I hope you like it as much as we do.

  • Calvin F. says:

    Awesome, enjoy the things and weather there!

  • Christy says:

    I am so happy for your precious family! What a blessing that our paths crossed a few years back…I count you as FRIEND! I hope the school you chose is as wonderful as your sweet Lily! Love to you all!

    • We couldn’t have done it without you Christy! Thank you for your help, encouragement and always being a friend!! Our family will always have a special place in our hearts for you! XOXOX

  • Karyn Lisk says:

    That’s crazy awesome girl! I’m trying to talk my husband into a new adventure too! Lol. It took me a year to talk him into buying a lake house and we have loved every minute! Now we rent out the terrace level on airbnb and it’s going great! So why not buy a house boat and rent the whole house out!!! Right??? adventures make the soul! My colege roomate moved from Franklin, TN to Melbourne FL and absolutely love it! They go to WDW all the time! I’m from Sarasota, lived in San Diego and like you need water! I love your coffee convo’s so now you will have more to chat about! Yay for all of you!

    Good luck seeing the house!

  • Michele Freeman says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! I would love to pick up and move to Florida! I haven’t been to the beach in at least 10 years! I used to take my kids every year and just the smell of the ocean air gave me chills! I need to treat myself to an adventure to the beach again. I have a grand baby on the way in October so I need to stay grounded for now but hopefully they will want to take trips to the beach and I can be the babysitter! I wish you the best of luck! You are going to have a blast! Keep us posted and keep sending those pictures! Love to you and your family! God Bless!

  • Sheri says:

    You will be missed by those of us who have followed your career since your Star 94 days! You are correct, life is short. My own journey with the big c taught me that. Live, Love, Make Memories! God Bless

  • stacey says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™
    Mixed emotions. I’m so happy for you though. You are so exited, but will miss having another “Rick Chick” around…

  • Mary Beth Wylie says:

    Congrats! Wishing you so much happiness on your new adventure!

  • Sue E says:

    I envy you! I always said as soon as I get old enough, I am moving out of this disgusting state IL!!
    Well, one thing led to another & another & another!! Before I knew it, I was a mom of 4 daughters and a grandma of 15!! My roots are too deep now. We are travelers though! We’be traveled to most states in the US and have been to 8 countries in Europe (before they became the European Union). But I do get depressed every time our vacations are over with knowing we are going back to IL!!
    Well I have come to the conclusion that I am never going to move!! 😩

  • Tom Sullivan says:

    I love the credits at end…amd when I read this I hear your voice as it’s written just like you talk! Serenbe is so serene (spell check changed it to serene and I said how intuitive as it truly is) but anyway your house in that setting is so Awesome! For life is easy as it’s do beautiful there. Now the journey continues amd can’t wait to see the new pictures. Speaking of pix WAY TO GO ANDY!! BEAUTIFUL SHOTS! (I am not yelling btw, just got my cap lock stuck on. ) i remember the dayI came to Serenbe and rode In the rain in your golf cart with you and the kids… the most fun! Next ride will be at Disney World…I love how you all upgrade! Love, Tom

  • Annette Giacomazzi says:

    Cindy,
    Well, how FUN is this??? Congratulations on your next adventure!! I guess I’ll visit you in Floridaaah! πŸ™‚

    Big Hugs!!

  • denise low says:

    Congrats on your big move. Florida is a really nice place.

  • Adriane says:

    Life can be an adventure! Enjoy!

  • Daniel says:

    Good adventure. πŸ™‚

  • molli taylor says:

    exciting news, great shoot! have fun!

  • Carla Kinney says:

    Cindy, good luck in your new adventure. I know you will be happy because you’ll be with your family. I just visited nearbygat area last weekend for my great nephew’s high school graduation. Two of my nieces live in Clermont.

    Enjoy your new home and adventure. Keep in touch!!!

  • Enjoy it! I was born and raised (well, up to age 11) in Florida until we moved to TN. I was homesick for years! I got married and my husband got stationed in California so I got to go back to the beach (my happy place) and now we are back out in TN since he’s a veteran. I miss the coast life every day!

  • Judy Thomas says:

    It sounds so awesome!

  • Charlotte says:

    Wow, that’s exciting. I could never get used to moving around so much.

  • Josie Long says:

    Honestly I’m soooooooo happy for you!! You’re a Disney LΓΈVΓ«r so why not??
    I’d want to come to Florida just to see you, and OF COURSE GO TO DISNEY WITH YOU! lol πŸ˜‚ (That is if y’all mind if I tagged along)!?l 😜
    Seriously though CONGRATULATIONS!!
    #Wherethemagichappens #DisneyWorld

  • Lynnette says:

    My husband and I dream of moving to Florida someday as well. Sounds like such an exciting time of life for you! Congrats on the move =)

  • Maria Lorena Navarro says:

    Beautiful family!

  • Lola says:

    Love the pics! Good luck in Florida! As you said never know if it will be forever!

  • accontests6 says:

    Good luck in the new location!

  • Linda Manns Linneman says:

    You are like me. I was born and raised in Michigan. I moved to Florida for about 30 years. I have also lived in South Carolina for three years and now my sister and I moved to southeast Tennessee. I never expected this many moves in my life. It has been a great experience though. I wish you the best

  • Kelly says:

    Congrats! A new adventure sounds amazing. With such a fun family I am sure it will be amazing.

  • paula peterson says:

    Your family is so beautiful, congrats on the move.

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