Hi & Happy JULY! I still can’t believe we’re over halfway through 2018, and I also can’t believe that I am entering my sixth month living in Florida. Time travels too darn fast.
I missed getting my Month 4 recap up on the blog in due time, so I’m clumping together months 4 and 5. Essentially, I am going to try to summarize May and June, but that could turn into 4,000 words if didn’t refrain myself… so I’ll give ya the gist of it. Luckily, being to the point is one of my specialties ?
Month 1: settling in.
Month 2: exploring our surroundings.
Month 3: fun with friends & family.
Months 4 & 5: figuring out my purpose here + California travels.
Florida Life // Months 4 & 5
When I think to May & June, I think California. Nick and I traveled back to California twice in the span of a few weeks for two weddings. Those trips filled me up more than I knew they would. Spending time with friends and family, visiting our old stomping grounds and sacred spots in Chico, and cruising around NorCal as if it were still home… we both needed those long weekends in California. I wish we could do them all over again.
Adjusting to life in Florida remains a challenge, emotionally speaking. Find my purpose here, in this new chapter, remains challenging. Being thousands of miles away from friends and family is challenging. But what’s not challenging: living with Nick and Koba in our rental house (with oh so many functional flaws) surround by lush vegetation, and exploring an entirely new city in a vastly different part of the United States. One day, I know I’ll look back on this temporary time here with appreciation that I grabbed life by the horns and accepted this adventure. I want to embrace this place and period of life for all that is has to offer, while holding on to my dreams of living in a community that suits my lifestyle, beliefs, and wellbeing.
I am feeling like I am desperately ready to work work work. Ideally I’d like to work part-time (not from home) to allow me to focus on Beautycounter.
I am feeling like I am trying to find my purpose in this new phase of life. It is crazy how we so often define ourselves by the work we do. I am trying to free myself of that mindset while simultaneously finding work that fills me up.
– dry summer heat vs. humid summer heat
– the Chico farmer’s markets, shopping locally, eating local produce
– spending time at the lake/river, not having to worry about gators and critters
– small town vibes
I almost deleted this category, as it suggests to me that I need to fill it in with all of the things. But that isn’t what feels good in this moment. Nick and I have had significant dialogue lately about letting what is be enough. Perhaps I’ll pick up with the “doings” next month; but for now, I am going to keep the focus on all that I did do and accomplish in these past two months, rather than what I did not.
“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks you if you are happy.” — Heath Ledger
Activities & Adventures //
The highlights are unquestionably our trips to California. They were filled with pure goodness from start to finish. We also visited new friends in Orlando for a fun weekend in the middle of June, and I rang in my 29th year with a massage, takeout sushi, and by blowing out candles in tub of coffee chocolate chip Talenti.
I certainly do not feel like I am at my fittest. This probably has something to do with the fact that I don’t have a gym membership. I get to the gym on base on average once per week, and the rest of my movement consists of home workouts and cardio (whether it be run, jog, or walk) around the neighborhood with Koba. It’s near impossible to exercise outside during the summer here, or it has to be timed precisely. Nick and I tried a class at Orangetheory Fitness, and while we both had a blast and were quite sore the following 48 hours, we are still tossing around the idea of a membership.
Eats & Restaurants //
There’s no chance I can recap two months of eats and restaurant outings, but a highlight was definitely my belated birthday dinner at Steelbach. I mean, just look at that beet salad with citrus, fresh mint, hazelnuts — sold instantly. I’ve been enjoying homemade colds salads – per the seasonal change in weather – but otherwise, still munching on much of the same.
Let’s do this, Month 6… may you be full of inspiration and gratitude — for what is!