“Transfer Tales” features letters from Charlotteans (new and old) telling their stories of how they got to the Queen City and their impressions upon moving here.
This “Transfer Tale,” was sent to us by Varsha Mather.
My tale is one of love, growth and possibilities. I’ve moved so many times in my life and almost always for myself, pursuing education, careers, business or other opportunities. About three years ago I moved to Pittsburgh, PA to join my husband and build a life together. We loved it! I was transitioning from one career to the next and having fun as a newlywed.
Then, as we both developed our careers, something shifted and my husband decided a change was needed for his workplace. This man was born in PA and thought his life was meant for PA, but something else called to us. He decided to look beyond and we found Charlotte as a place of possibilities.
I had no doubt in my mind that my career could flourish in Charlotte. As a dating and relationship life coach who works from home, I just had to pack up my laptop and find a nice sunny place to live and work. I found that in South Park and we officially moved in December 2018.
Charlotte is magnificent. Not only is this city bursting with culture, art, fashion and food, but the people are welcoming and generous. We luckily planted ourselves in a very central location and found new friends in the many others who call Charlotte their new home.
I absolutely love the jazz and symphony concerts we have enjoyed in uptown. The number of eco-conscious and fashion-forward boutiques are abundant. And, the diversity featured in the art galleries makes me smile. The food scene is unreal and thankfully there are many yoga studios to balance that out. But what makes me happiest here is the sunshine and warmth. My favorite thing each day is to watch the sunrise from my apartment and enjoy the sky as I begin my work.
While I feel grateful to surround myself with enjoyable, beautiful and healthy things around town, I do not want to disregard the troubles I’ve noticed with this city. It’s more than just the traffic and construction. There seem to be strong lines of income disparities, and the segregation and racism surfaces even for new transfers to the city. There are organizations that work to balance or eliminate this. I appreciate their efforts and look forward to working with them.
It is important to me that I acknowledge what Charlotte was and will always be before, despite and because of new transitions and new people. Thank you for this opportunity to share!
Happy To Be Here,
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