My head wants to say hey guys, but my heart wants to say hi y’all.  So I will just say hello...

My name is Hadleigh and I live in Franklin, Tennessee, an adorable little town just outside of Nashville. I was born and raised in Chicago, and lived most of my 20's in the heart of Lincoln Park. I loved living in the windy city, and those years blessed me with two amazing things in my life - my lifelong friends and my husband.

My husband and I got married in 2012 and decided on our honeymoon that we wanted a change of scenery. A great big adventure, if you will. 2 margaritas later, we randomly picked Nashville on a map, and 2 months after that, we moved. I had only been to Nashville once before I was living here. It was by far the craziest thing either of us had ever done.

Over the past 5 years, I have fallen in love with all things southern. I’ve welcomed in the southern farmhouse décor and I've perfected the art of porch sitting. Work is less stressful, people are kinder and comfort food is straight up delicious. But no matter how much I love this new southern way of living, I've come to realize that sometimes the sweet tea can be a little too sweet.

And that's what City to South is all about.

I'm not a southern belle and I don't want to be. I love southern charm but I have a northern edge, too. My husband kindly refers to it as "passionate," but I like to call it my Chicago sass. I've been through some pretty heartbreaking experiences including a miscarriage and a 2nd trimester abortion, and while most people would just sweep it under the rug, I choose to share. It's not always well received (especially in the south), but I will keep fighting for women's rights because it's something I wholeheartedly believe in.

In between my advocacy work, I'm a full-time working mom of 2. Every day of my life is a beautiful, messy struggle. I enjoy cooking, crafting, entertaining and decorating, and not because Pinterest tells me I should, but because it feeds my creative soul.

My hope for this blog is to inspire you to live your most authentic life, because vulnerability makes us real and beautiful. I promise to share the amazing, the awful and the mundane with the hope of making this big ol' world feel a little bit smaller.

"Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful it's ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale through the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul healing, amazing, ordinary, awful life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful." - LR Knost

Keep swimming. 
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