Farewell Florida

Goodness, it&#8217s been 3 months since I&#8217ve printed a new blog publish. Though I&#8217ve shared really a whole lot of my recent life improvements on Instagram, I skip producing in this article. I&#8217m frequently imagining about the if, when, and how I&#8217d like to revive this ol&#8217 weblog (ideally, have it be much more than just daily life capture-ups as soon as a quarter), but for now&#8230 I have just that additionally a correct farewell to our time in Florida.

January 2020 was formally the longest thirty day period, ever.

In a nutshell: we moved across the state (again!).

January 1 marked our 1st working day of our cross-region roadtrip from Tampa, Florida to Seattle, Washington &#8211 discuss about beginning the new calendar year with journey!

  • 4,240 miles
  • 15 times of journey ⁣⁣
  • 11 states ⁣⁣

We drove via the rainy swamps of Louisiana, snowy mountains of Colorado, desolate deserts of Arizona, and nostalgic Redwood forests of Northern California. We visited spouse and children and buddies, ate our way via Austin (and Chico), and remaining no croissant or avocado toast behind.

Missed our 2017 journey? Catch that in this article: California to Florida | Cross-Place Street Trip

Farewell Florida

smiles from Flagstaff, AZ all through our cross-nation street excursion

Considering that landing in the Emerald Town, we&#8217ve used the earlier various weeks hopping from one particular AirBNB to the following as we research like mad to uncover a house. I&#8217ll be truthful, the travel aspect of obtaining right here was enjoyable (we undoubtedly make the most of long street trips), but our stress has continued to increase with every day that passes of home searching in Seattle&#8217s &#8220lower-throat&#8221 (rental) marketplace.

We experienced required to scope out the city and surrounding regions to start with just before settling on a home (that was the program), but the hunt has demonstrated to be a great deal much more challenging and competitive than we believed. We&#8217ve mainly been &#8220touring&#8221 for two months straight, residing out of our suitcases, shifting from one particular AirBNB to the next &#8212 it&#8217s been pretty the nomadic way of living to say the the very least. I know that with endurance and persistence the right spot will appear our way, but I&#8217m ready to place down roots and make a short term rental dwelling come to feel like property.

Despite the mind-boggling sensation of staying unsettled, it guaranteed feels very good to be back on the west coastline. Each working day given that we&#8217ve been listed here, we&#8217ve designed time to get outside the house in character and investigate. Most afternoons have been used discovering a new trail in a single of the nearby parks. And we haven&#8217t allow the rain prevent us. The three of us are ordinarily moist, lined in a mud, and a tiny out of breath (it&#8217s been a little bit considering that we&#8217ve appreciated a regular training routine), but it delivers us so considerably pleasure to be able to delight in the outdoors with relieve (no far more &#8216gators and humidity!).

But ahead of I soar into lifestyle in the PNW at entire pace, I felt inclined to bid a ultimate farewell to our time in Florida.

February 1, 2018, I flew to Florida with a one particular-way ticket in hand. I was jumping off a major cliff into the not known as I didn&#8217t know how lengthy I&#8217d connect with Florida residence. To be frank, Florida hardly ever felt like property. But, I can now say I was a Florida resident for 23 months of my lifestyle, exactly 23 months to the working day for the reason that you know I was counting (February 1, 2018 &#8211 January 1, 2020).

When I imagine about my time in Florida, it still feels seriously hard (perhaps sometime, in hindsight, I&#8217ll have a distinctive look at). My 1st out-of-state/cross-country (armed service) transfer, it was seriously hard getting 3,000+ miles from family members and friends. It was lonely. I didn&#8217t link with the culture, and I felt like a fish out of drinking water in my new environment from the starting to the close. There were being months when my anxiousness was unbearable, and I longed for my neighborhood and guidance circle that I had in and close to Chico. I navigated unemployed everyday living and then a un-fulfilling career in Human Methods prior to I took it on myself to make my have position, executing at the rear of the scenes operate for wellness models and bloggers. Florida is also where I began my business enterprise with Beautycounter. My self-established get the job done is 1 of the factors that introduced me the most pleasure and pleasure in a chapter of trials, tribulations, and transitions.

When I imagine about our daily life in Florida, I have a laundry record of matters I will not miss out on. But by way of the rocky moments (times and months), it was a chapter of my lifetime that I am grateful to have professional. What those people 23 months taught me most was a lot about what I do not like, what I do not want&#8230 letting what is definitely essential to me to float to the surface.

Florida is&#8230

Where by Nick and I lived together for the initial time

Where I manufactured a new very best mate&#8230 Koba! ?

Exactly where I navigated a year (6ish months) of unemployment

Where I endured a absurd commute for an unbearable occupation

Exactly where I worked a non-wellness relevant career (previously mentioned) that reinforced my motivation to my function getting aligned with wellbeing in some form

The place I quit reported useless-end task to pursue entrepreneurship as a Virtual Assistant

Wherever I built the humble beginnings of a Beautycounter small business (1 thirty day period in right after shifting)

Exactly where we prepared for our 1st hurricane&#8230 that in no way strike

In which we adorned our very first Christmas tree as a pair and expended Christmas at the beach front

In which we ran an arranged 8k operate in the center of July and just about melted

In which I rang in my 29th and 30th birthdays

Wherever we cooked our 1st Thanksgiving food, just the two of us

The place we street tripped up through Georgia and camped in the countryside of Tennessee for a expensive pal&#8217s wedding ceremony

In which we killed our good share of gigantic cockroaches and palm-sized spiders

&#8230and a lot more!

Two several years in Tampa, a hard chapter, but a person I&#8217m grateful I said certainly to. And now&#8230 I&#8217m opening a new 1, in the opposite corner of the state. I have a emotion daily life in the PNW is heading to really feel a complete great deal distinct, and I&#8217m here for it.

Farewell, Florida&#8230 to another new commencing!

Have you at any time produced a significant move?

If you could live everywhere, the place would it be?


Florida Existence

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