Company News: Making Our Way from North to South
by Becky Lothe, Broker/REALTOR®
Beautiful beaches; affordable homes; low taxes; year round golf on dozens of nearby courses; affordable postsecondary education options…so many reasons Wilmington, NC became a choice relocation destination for us. And, of course, General Electric was a big part of that too! Making the decision to uproot the family and move half way across the country wasn’t an easy one, yet the benefits have resoundingly outweighed the downsides. As our families shovel their way out of the snow, or hunker down away from the subzero cold, we take walks on the beach, discuss our next golf outing, play tennis with friends after work, and ready our garden beds for what to plant next. Yes, it has been cool and even a bit rainy as of late, but that just gives us a reason to turn on the fireplace, and curl up with a fuzzy blanket, not something that is necessary much of the year here.
I have to admit that at first, it was lonely and I wasn’t sure what to do other than those beach walks to cheer myself up. But once I found the area newcomer association, and got up the courage to join a small group, that quickly changed. Our first outing introduced us to excellent Thai food and some very fun couples. From there I found a group of ladies that golf on Friday mornings. That is now a key highlight in my week that I have enjoyed for almost 3 years. Then I met a group that played tennis a couple days per week. Now I’m on two teams. We’ve also enjoyed attending community events, such as the Downtown Sundown concert series, and free concerts at Mayfaire Town Center and at area beaches, or exploring local artists through the monthly Friday night art walks. Our girls quickly found friends and success in school here, and they even found manners! I have to say that even though I have sometimes experienced cultural adjustment pangs, I so appreciate the southern values of respect that our kids absorbed, and have thoroughly enjoyed having their friends in our home over these last few years.
After years of being in education and counseling, I now find myself in Real Estate. Though this wasn’t part of my plan in this transition, it has catapulted my familiarity and sense of belonging to this beautiful place, and provides me with the invaluable opportunity of meeting others who are considering, or have already decided, to relocate here as well. I have met, who I believe will be, lifelong friends through this new “calling.” There is nothing more enjoyable or rewarding than acquainting others with this place we now call home, and helping them find their niche and make connections that will hopefully give them that same sense of home that we’ve been blessed to find here in this southern coastal region of North Carolina.