Goodness, it’s been 3 months since I’ve printed a new blog publish. Though I’ve shared really a whole lot of my recent life improvements on Instagram, I skip producing in this article. I’m frequently imagining about the if, when, and how I’d like to revive this ol’ weblog (ideally, have it be much more than just daily life capture-ups as soon as a quarter), but for now… 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 – 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
smiles from Flagstaff, AZ all through our cross-nation street excursion
Considering that landing in the Emerald Town, we’ve used the earlier various weeks hopping from one particular AirBNB to the following as we research like mad to uncover a house. I’ll 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’s “lower-throat” (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’ve mainly been “touring” for two months straight, residing out of our suitcases, shifting from one particular AirBNB to the next — it’s 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’m 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’ve been listed here, we’ve 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’t allow the rain prevent us. The three of us are ordinarily moist, lined in a mud, and a tiny out of breath (it’s been a little bit considering that we’ve 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 ‘gators 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’t know how lengthy I’d 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 – January 1, 2020).
When I imagine about my time in Florida, it still feels seriously hard (perhaps sometime, in hindsight, I’ll 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’t 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… letting what is definitely essential to me to float to the surface.
Where by Nick and I lived together for the initial time
Where I manufactured a new very best mate… 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… 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’s wedding ceremony
In which we killed our good share of gigantic cockroaches and palm-sized spiders
…and a lot more!
Two several years in Tampa, a hard chapter, but a person I’m grateful I said certainly to. And now… I’m 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’m here for it.
Farewell, Florida… to another new commencing!
Have you at any time produced a significant move?
If you could live everywhere, the place would it be?
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