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Charlotte Is a city that is rapidly increasing its population in effect of the financial capability the city has been enjoying. Because even if the greater part of America is downsizing, Charlotte NC is one of those city experiencing growth. Its many sectors in business have raised the quality of living in the area and other cities close to its borders cannot help but notice. As a result, the influx of people moving in to find work or to move closer to a job they already have are some of the most common sight one can see in the city these past few years.
While it can easily be treated more like an adventure, and I’m sure most certainly look at it that way, moving into a new apartment or a house can get ugly and stressful quickly. If not properly planned, your dream can easily turn into chaos.
Now if you are moving to Charlotte NC, I would be more than happy to provide you some tips that I’ve discovered to prevent chaos from ever stepping in with what should be a pleasant experience. If you are thinking whether I’ve learnt these through my own experience; my answer is – I won’t tell.
Call me old fashion but have a checklist
Moving to a new place brings out inexplicable emotion from excitement, thus we are at our most disrupted state. Every task needs to be laid out in writing with due dates if you can. These rules out the possibility of you forgetting things, unless of course you didn’t jot it down.
Start packing the ones more important such as documents and label them in bold letters. The sooner the better so you don’t get crammed when the date is only a few days away.
Take care of basic services and utilities
Make sure that before you get to the new place, basic services and utilities like electricity, water, internet, gas and phone are already working. The last thing you want is to not be connected when you’re at your most vulnerable because believe me, you’re going to have to make phone call as soon as you get settled.
You’ll be surprised just how many resources moving can take. Get lots of boxes in different sizes and colors if you can. Pens, newspapers, bubble wraps etc… will all come in handy when the day draws near.
Get help from the professionals
Chances are even with all tips I’ve given, you’re still going to leave something important. Make sure that you don’t do everything by yourself. Ask for help, and is there someone else who knows moving than the movers themselves. They probably do this every day, so be sure to ask them for more pointers.
Moving smoothly to Charlotte NC is what you want to do. I’ve been there and here are the ground work on what you will need to do. After a day or two, familiarize yourself with your location. Knowing where the grocery is, transportation and banks would further enhance your outlook on your new place.
Charlotte, being that it’s one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S has many glitz and glamour waiting to be found. Although the city is well known for the job market that is obvious during the day time, at night the city is also capable of putting up a whole new different face to greet the the pleasure seekers at that time of day.
During the day, when most of the population works and get them busy with the tasks that produce income for them, life seems to be spent away. Especially when you’re a young professional who has just started with his job not a good 5 years yet. These years are in fact considered some of the most crucial. It may not pale in comparison with the middle aged years which we have heard so much about.
I still remembered how my life was on this period. Work wasn’t exactly that tough since you’re still filled with energy. Once you get past the learning curve of your duties it becomes pretty much a breeze. After just a few months it feels like you get exhausted more with the lack of fun and excitement rather than the real work load. Like me, when you’re at this stage, this is probably the first time you’ll meet with repetitive work and boy I’m sure you’ll despise it. I know since it has taken me years to shave off that feeling. Not that it’s a terrible thing for anyone; it’s just that sometimes this feeling is what keeps us from being consistent; and so it’s in times like these that there is enough reason to find something which will jolt our senses every once in a while. Others from outside our circle should understand that we live during a time when we are barely out of the freshness of school and into the dull life of being a professional. I know this is the perfect time for an anecdote but I can’t think of any right now.
Having been living in Charlotte for several months now, I can safely say that this city has managed come up with the sparkle that the 20s something needs. Suite Charlotte NC is the city’s most exclusive nightclub. It is well known throughout and even outside the city for its great feel and powerhouse DJs which really are the top two reasons why we choose to go to a club.
- top of the line sound system and lighting
- exclusivity ambience since there is a dress which allows no sneakers inside
- world class amenities and service
- world renowned VIP section
Also, partying and dancing has never been so easy since each visit would be a delight if you’re selective of your music. Because of the superior artists embodied in the DJs that raises the floor with their music, one will be assured that music entertainment would not be a problem inside of the Suite!
Let’s face it, if you want to get something done you always want to do it yourself. People who are confident enough of themselves (like me) far too often charges at every tasks as a challenge. That is just how some people are hard wired. But recently, during an event photography in Charlotte; I’ve learned that having that mindset doesn’t always work on your advantage.
To paint a better picture, I’m going to tell you something about myself; since I’ve already stated that this post has something to do with a fairly typical human reaction. And yes, having a difficult time trusting a task to another soul is a reaction. In no way or form would I agree that having this in someone’s personality is a deficiency. Although there are some “psychotic gist” err, ‘psychologists that deems it as so. I refuse to allow others on treating this personality that I have of something close to a disease or sickness. There will never be a time where I will not be willing to get into a debate about why I choose to take most of the responsibilities even when sometimes tasked with a team.
Photography is a precision business. Although it might have sprung out from hobbyist, the techniques and studies of all photographers that came and went is enough to fill a humongous library. There is now enough knowledge, technique and history in photography for it to create another branch of science. That is why the once hobby is now a full time profession. It is a career where the clients can easily decipher which photographer is the season one and which are the beginners based on their works’ results (and not on the paycheck they will request).
A professional photographer is someone who has spent much of his time perfecting the meticulous demands of the business. One of the most challenging thing as a potential client is to choose who should cover such important events of your life. The number of phony would-be photographers who are posing as professionals out there is enough to get someone who doesn’t have much patience to lose it faster. But somehow as a person who has a valid reason to hire a professional, somehow you have got to find a way a longer piece of string as patience to come out of your event as a happy camper. I learned this the hard way. As I’m sure you have already imagined; this semi rant post is about the moral lesson a person learnt by committing a mistake.
I did come out a smarter person because of the experience. I did learned, (although it was too late) that in order to figure out the professional from the who’s not you got to have the patience to browse at a prospect’s portfolio. It may sound silly to you, but a lot of people forget to turn on their computer and check if the claim of someone has some truth into it online. A professional should always have his work displayed online. That is already a well-accepted fact.
Oh how I love the Queen City. It’s characteristically historic flavor brought about by vintage factories and streetcar suburbs mixed with a dash of the now up beat urban living. There are condos; high rise building and an art’s districts all combined with the history that is unique makes the neighborhood of Charlotte diverse in nature.
The city is now home to some of the county’s biggest bank. We all know of bank of America and the previously named Wachovia now acquired by Wells Fargo which still maintains Charlotte as its headquarters in the east coast. It is the biggest city in the state of North Carolina of the U.S. It is consistently ranked among the top financial center in the U.S. and is now only second to New York in terms of how much the banking sector makes up for a city’s economy.
Real Estate firms also are very visible in Charlotte and one would find the task of looking for a home in the city is a breeze. One can easily locate houses and lots for sale, businesses spaces for lease should also be part of the offer sheets of most of the real estate agents you will come across with in the city. Rentals in Charlotte NC are also a booming option especially since the growth of careers of the young professionals. The generation of today always wants to be just a stone throw away from where they make their living and the working classes living in Charlotte are no different. This allows them to almost neglect the hassle brought about by transportation and the ability to run about in the same city after a day’s work is another perk of staying in a rental.
After having said all that, this brings us back to the classic question of what is the best setup of living when you’re working. Is it better to grab a house right away once you get the chance or do you settle for a rental first?
For me the answer should be whatever makes you more productive.
Let me give you an example. I hate drinking coffee. We all know that excessive amounts of caffeine a day does more harm to the body than good (more than a cup of coffee a day can already be considered as excessive). We have all read articles and heard countless stories about if it doesn’t affect you right away, it will eventually take its toll later on with life. Substances like caffeine should always be controlled daily. That is why every day; I make a choice whether I should take coffee during working hours even though I’m not so fond of it. There is another thing that happens in the office that I hate just as well though. It’s the sound of my head hitting my desk. The sound is distracting me away from the focus I had with the job plus it hurts a little.
The bottom line is, whatever decision you make, should be for the goal of easing your work even for just a little. So it depends.
The city of Charlotte never runs out of events or parties one can go to. All one has to do is to search Charlotte NC upcoming events on any search engine and voila! The results on the first page alone should suffice for whatever party you have in mind. I have actually finished a search a few seconds ago and one hot ticket is the upcoming concert of Madonna.
It’s always good to know that because of technology and specifically the internet, planning ahead is a breeze. Although I can still remember back when you still have to drive to where the event will be held weeks in advance if you’re like me who spares no effort just to make sure of things; and I bet that you didn’t enjoy that either. Things got a little better. Advancements came after that and you are allowed to make reservations over the phone. Today we can still do that but who would want to go through that hassle if securing a ticket are just a few clicks away
Okay, so you have secured a ticket and you are just counting how many times you only have to sleep at night before the event you have been waiting for arrives. Most probably you still have forgotten about an important factor. Other than yourself, you are sure to bring this one as well. Still got no idea? What I want to point out is fashion. Proper clothing can make or break you. Just like everybody else you want to make the first impression count for sure. Whether you’ll be taking your friends with you, you have a date or if you’re planning to just meet people your attire says a great deal of message to whoever sees you with it. I’m no fashion guru, but I’ll do my best to enlighten you my dear reader with some fashion essential that you should always keep in your backpack.
Fitting to wear on: weddings, events held on church, most restaurants, dinner at your in-laws
Men should consider wearing: slacks, shirts with buttons, polo shirts, and casual shoes
Women should consider wearing: skirt at knee-length, blouse, flats or boots, sweater
Fitting to wear on: theaters, high end restaurants, holiday parties, most weddings
Men should consider wearing: belts, you can wear a tie, dress shoes, pants, button-up shirts and blazers
Women should consider wearing: dress pants, modest dress, and blouse, depends on the season you can wear pantyhose, either heels or flats
Fitting to wear on: fancy parties, the opera, formal parties, and special occasions
Men should consider wearing: pants and jacket should match, suit, best, shirts with buttons, dress shoes, definitely a tie
Women should consider wearing: Cocktail dress, heels, dressy skirt, and pant suit
First up, before you can say you’re ready for an event you have to make sure you’ve completed reconnaissance in the place. You never want to be inappropriately dressed, which just screams to people “hey I’m here but I didn’t pay any attention other than the place and date because you guys are not important.”
Everybody who has been on any type of event knows the importance of the venue for an event. It cannot be stressed enough of how big a deal it is to choose just the right place. The good thing is Charlotte event venues are usually just right around the corner on this wonderful bustling metropolitan.
I’m sure everyone has heard it more than once. Location, location and for more fun location! The word is what you’ll mostly hear among planners or anyone involved in putting together an event. Whether it’s an event that’s going to be hosted outdoor or indoor, the place chosen should fit the exact description of what the theme would be for the gathering.
If you’ve ever paid attention to an event you’ve attended, you will notice (especially if it’s nicely done) that the place where you’ve gathered adds a huge chuck to the experience. The experience we gain and share with other people who has attended we’ll take with us for duration of time which would depend on how big an impact the event have made.
Some would argue that food should be having the biggest emphasis on any occasion and most of the time I would agree. I’d say that most of the time it’s as close to an even split between the two. Asking a professional event planner though would supply you with another answer, he would tell you that it depends on the type of the event. There are corporate events that food hardly matters at all and it’s what the ambience of the place or what type of atmosphere it would foster that really plays a role if the said event would have a successful conclusion.
The decision of the hosts or the celebrants on whether it would be an open field, a park, a yacht, an impressive hall, on a stadium falls on what type of experience they want to imprint on their attendees. Figuring out this task requires ample knowledge of the place a lot of options the one in charge should know by heart. Choosing an event venue is usually what pushes a host or a celebrant to the brink and sway him/her to the idea of asking a professional for help. This is where the expertise of special events group comes in. A good events group should have an extensive list of venues they should have the privilege of access to. Their list should be exhaustive of different options a host can choose from which a strong ground to prove of their worthiness is.
Here are some places in Charlotte that cannot be missed:
- Embassy Suites Charlotte
- Hidden River Events
- Rocky River Vineyards
- Maggiano’s Little Italy – Charlotte
- U.S. National Whitewater Center
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Bermuda Run Country Club
- Providence Country Club
- Pump It Up
- The Atrium Uptown
- Tremont Music Hall
If you’re going to choose an event planner, might as well maximize your options and go with someone who’s got the most impressive list of event venues.
A tourist’s heart is meant to always capture the best out of his destination. Every place has a personality of its own, if you are one of those who are not looking at travelling at this perspective, then you’re missing out on something special.
I remember the last time I went out for ride. Every once in a while a guy needs to quench his thirst for adventure. Every once in awhile you have to act on your most inner yearning for travel and not stop at just listening to it. The experience was refreshing I can tell you that. Anytime you meet a place, and you become acquainted with its secrets and somehow you fall in love with it, its magic.
A guy has to work hard to earn a living. Day in day out all throughout the week most of us sweat it out for our own respective reasons. Monday is usually the first day we start our labors and each day becomes worse than the previous. We might not realize but there is pain that is left inside deep in us. Stress as we often pertain to it gets to us which causes other illness. Learning how to get rid of stress we have accumulated from work, problems and through our daily lives is an important aspect of the adult life. A good strategy to make it through the week is to get out to places and catch some events. If one inserts a fun time in his week cycle it only means that he cares enough with his own well being.
The city of Charlotte, North Carolina has certainly a lot to offer for any visitor and for the local inhabitants. One’s imagination is the only limit on what to do on the weekend on a city at Charlotte’s scale. Charlotte NC Events this weekend is as filled with fun filled events as it would be on the next weekend. One has only got to find the resource on how to be updated with the happenings of the city. Every night there might good live music played just around the corner to keep anyone who seeks good music as company at night. These kinds of places are of course also the venue from where one can meet actual people who pretty much has the same interest since you all met at the same place and time to do the same thing probably.
Where else can one find such ever changing information than in the World Wide Web? It is as easy as typing a few word as queries and search for the upcoming events that you surely don’t want to miss this weekend. After that, since almost everyone has a smart phone, he just simply needs to type it in his planner so he could be alarmed when the event draws near. Also, the vast information being posted regularly at social networking sites that I’m sure you have my dear reader could also supply those needed answers for your upcoming events questions.
Photography has been a passion that has gained great momentum lately. As one walks around the city block one is sure to find someone who has got a camera strapped somewhere in his body. Manufacturers around the world have introduced waves of new digital cameras that are unparalleled in features and capabilities of cameras that have just been released a few years earlier.
Since it’s the month of June, imagine you’re with someone and you’re both a couple. On this month what usually comes to mind is tying the knot. A lot of guys have been popping the question and gals are busy planning for the big day because they answered yes. This is when it gets busy! Someone has to take care of the gown, the venue, the place, don’t forget the guest list, the food and all the trouble that goes in it, and guess what – the one has to figure out on who takes care of the photography as well. A wedding as we all would prefer it is a onetime deal. I know some would wish that we preserve the moment in a time capsule so we can attend to the moment anytime we like. But of course that’s not possible, the best we could have is a nice wedding album. A photographer takes care of that.
I’m sure almost everyone has found themselves stuck in a living room with nothing to do because you were left by the host to tend to something quick. Beneath the center table you help yourself by browsing through the magazine and you might be in luck and get a wedding album. It doesn’t matter what age were you then, the that album would have struck you as magnificent and you’ll do the most natural thing that a person does – you would vow to get the same visual feast for yourself when you wed.
Charlotte photography has benefitted a lot from the advancements in technology. The city has a good blend of the old and never lacks the new. Finding ones way on great photography spots can be difficult. It’s a good thing that there are many photographers in the city of Charlotte that has been renowned around the globe.
Photographers in Charlotte know the ins and outs of the city and where and when to find the best background for those photos you dare to crave. Added that taking pictures does not just know where to shoot but when to shoot those pictures further complicates the profession of taking pictures. Some great places on where to shoot are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Freedom Park just about the Amphitheater, Memorial Garden in Concord can all serve as backdrop to that magnificent photos to build the album you dream of. Knowing what time of the day so these places are at their “peak of color” is as important as knowing where these places are.
A professional photographer spends many hours perfecting their craft and they do this to capture a photo that speaks directly to the viewer’s heart. So that when someone drops by in your living room, you can provide them the same experience you had.
It is that time of the year again that weddings happen left and right. Yes, it’s June again and many of us know it is the wedding month. It is the month that most couples find the reason to tie the knot. We have gone with detailing some cultural and historical reason on why this is so on our previous offering. So if you’re wondering why many plan their wedding be held on the month of June, just read back and look it up.
While we never mind to stand in a soap box to preach to people the need for Charlotte wedding planners in our beautiful city, sadly I’ve still come across cases of brides making the wrong choice of not having one. There are still brides who whim on the final day of preparation of her wedding that she should have hired the assistance of a professional. Cases like these would continue to happen as long as the fear of getting professional help still exists. I would assume that it is because of budget constraints that some would hesitate but we have already stated that it is in fact about budget on why one should hire a wedding planner in the first place. Having a budget means that the whole wedding preparation process needs to be constrained by a certain budget without sacrificing too much of the event – does this sound right to anyone?
Of course that’s right! Now, does anybody notice anything peculiar about the above sentence? Is it still not that obvious? Getting a professional planner go out of his way to guide a couple with their wedding spending is crucial to stay in budget. The hesitation should come – if there is any – from misinformation and not from fear. A bride must know that the level of guidance from a planner could also vary to fit your budget. If you didn’t know that when you got married, then that is probably why you didn’t get a planner. There are packages offered by professional planners that cater to their different involvement levels in the planning stage. Again, their job is to do everything possible to get everything right the first time since this is a once in a lifetime event for many – and that’s how everyone would like it.
A wedding is a onetime deal that has to be perfected the first try whoever the organizer is. Just imagine how more the chances would be if the couple is to make the all the decision by themselves. It all boils down to experience. This is in fact what you’re paying for. Now if budget constraints persist, a couple could arrange for just a consultation. That will only last a few hours and a couple is advised to throw all the questions they can ask to the professional. If the budget can allow it, the help can be extended for a whole day. That would allow plenty of time to gain a lot more helpful inputs. These are the other options that many may not be aware of. But of course, to get the most out of the event there is the package where everything is handled by the planner.