No one is more surprised that I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina than me. I spent my first ten years of my professional career in the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC. I spent the next ten in the sleepy seaside town of Newport (RI), recuperating. In 2011, I decided I needed something in between. So I packed up my car for an exploratory trip south, stopping at the towns I only knew of through message boards and visitor bureau websites. Stops included Charlottesville (VA), Wilmington (NC), Charleston (SC) and the Raleigh/Durham (NC) area, where I ultimately planted my flag. It's been two years now and I couldn't be happier with my choice.
I spent many years before my trip (and move) reading articles, collecting brochures, analyzing data at nauseum. Of course, I knew that Money Magazine (among others) had named the Raleigh/Durham area as one of the number one places to live, start a business, raise a family and retire, so there had to be something special here, but I could find very little that SHOWED me what life was like down here. So, here we are with the birth of "Kelley in Carolina" — the site I wished had existed three years ago. And with Raleigh being the #1 fastest growing city in America in 2013, according to Forbes Magazine, there couldn't be a better time to launch this site.
So what is "Kelley in Carolina: A State of Mine" going to be about exactly? It's focus is North Carolina, from the mountains of Asheville to the beaches outside of Wilmington and everywhere in between. Photos will dominate. It's all new terrain to me, yet to be discovered. I am a designer and artist by trade so the focus will be on the beautiful (and hopefully) interesting aspects of the state. And although I am perfectly aware of the realities of life that surround me here (and everywhere else in America for that matter)—the pockets of poverty, big box stores, copious strip malls and traffic jams to name a few—that is not my focus here. Life is short. I want to focus on the upbeat. I want to be inspired!! So fasten your seatbelt and join me as I begin my adventure into the unknown. To visit my main graphic design website, go to kelleyalbertdesign.com, or click here. If you wish to contact me, email me at email@example.com.