I Left My Heart…

  • 57 boxes
  • 9 sing alongs to the complete Hamilton soundtrack
  • 632 feet of bubble wrap
  • 5 trips to UHaul for supplies

… and 25 years of life in San Francisco packed up.

Packed up

Packed up

It took the movers just over two hours to load everything on a truck, which I’ll see again in 7 to 21 business days in Asheville, NC.



I’m excited, and anxious, and sad, and nostalgic, and well, all the feels at once. I’m sad to leave such wonderful friends in the Bay Area. I’m excited to move to the mountains. I look forward to quiet. I’ll miss walking everywhere. I’m nervous about driving again (it’s been 17 years since I owned a car). I’m excited to re-kindle friendships.

I’ve spent the last month soaking up the best of San Francisco. Museums, drinks with friends, one-on-one and group dinners, concerts, and walks, so many walks, through the city, nostalgia sweeping over me like a tsunami. I have a strong feeling that the cliché is true: I will leave my heart in San Francisco. Until we meet again, <3.



17 thoughts on “I Left My Heart…

  1. Wow, Lori. That is -quite- a move! All the very best to you.
    ( And what a wonderful survey of SF in those photos!! Thank you.)

  2. Wow, congrats and best wishes on the big move! Jason and I just moved back to our old home in Knoxville, Tennessee this week, and we visit Asheville all the time since it’s only about an hour and a half drive, so we’ll definitely be pestering you! You’ll have to come visit us sometime here too – it’s a really fun town, with a big local food and art scene, and really close to Dollywood and Smoky Mountain National Park.

    • Thanks, Kristin! Oooooh – I would love to come to Knoxville. I’ve always wanted to go to Dollywood (seriously)! And please pester away when you’re in Asheville; we can adventure together!

  3. Love this post! And dang, I’m unbelievably impressed (but not surprised) with how quickly you can make big decisions and make them happen. I need to learn to do that.

    SO happy and excited for you! But also sad because I’ll only see you once a year… 😭

  4. Lori! Did I miss that you’d planned to move? We must have a chat when your beautiful leaf lands. I know it must be such a bittersweet decision. But, look how many amazing life adventures you’ve had so far – this is a new chapter! I’m excited for you. Please get in touch after you’ve settled in. SF (and all your friends on the west coast) will certainly miss you!

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