5 years ago today Monsieur Gateau and I boarded a one way flight from Newark to San Diego and never looked back! We packed up our entire lives and moved cross country in 4 weeks! Yes, you read that right 4 weeks! It is amazing how things fall into place when something is meant to be!
California stole my heart on my very first trip out here. I flew out to Long Beach to surprise a very dear friend (who is now my SoCal family) for her baby shower! I wasn’t even out of LAX and I was overwhelmed with a feeling of “this is home, I need to live here”. It took me about 7 years to make it happen, but I DID IT! I made my dream come true!
I was so blessed to have built an amazing network of friends throughout SoCal before I moved here! During the 7 years before moving I was able to visit SoCal 3-4 times a year, so I came to know the area really well. Each visit I fell deeper in love. Every single time I would drive to LAX to fly home I would tear up, EVERY SINGLE TIME. I never wanted to leave! When my mom was alive she would glow every time I planned a trip out here, SoCal stole her heart too! My mom and dad actually moved to Chula Vista for a year or two right after they got married. She loved reminiscing about living here before every trip I took and I honestly treasure those moments, it was really rare for her to talk about my dad (he died when I was 2 and it was just too painful for her to talk about him). So California truly has a deep and special place in my heart and it always will.
I absolutely LOVE living here, those of you who are my Facebook friends KNOW this as I am constantly #’ing #ilovewhereilive! Don’t get me wrong, I am a true Jersey Girl and I love my Jersey peeps and I will always love Jersey too, I just don’t want to live there. Though, I really do miss a lot of the food (good thing for visits!).
I honestly can’t believe it has been 5 years! These 5 years have gone by in a blink! It feels like yesterday I was having packing parties and packing up my entire world! As much as I love living here, the past 5 years have not always been easy. Honestly, I feel like I have been “in transition” for the majority of the past 5 years; I know change is constant but this isn’t just change it is true transition. During the past 5 years I spent 9 months unemployed (see previous blogs), I became a Christian and developed an amazing relationship with Jesus, I decided to live my life as the bible says we should, I found a job with great people that can truly be totally intense and overwhelming, I have mastered working from home, I have made amazing friends and have met some truly life changing people, I have dealt with “Southern California Rain” in my apartment, I’ve had to bury core family members, I’ve had a 40th birthday celebration on each coast, I’ve traveled more in the past 5 years than I think I have my entire life, I’ve spent countless hours poolside in April or October, I’ve worn shorts to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas, I constantly have sand in my car, I’ve learned to slow down and that it is ok if it takes longer than 4 minutes for my Starbucks order to be complete, I’ve become kinder but tougher, I figured out I truly love pumping my own gas, I’ve realized I need to play tourist more and get out and see more of SoCal, I get to spend holidays with my amazing SoCal family, I’ve learned to make delicious green smoothies, and I’ve figured out “what I want to do with my life” and developed a deep ambition to make it happen, I’ve really gotten to know myself and what I am made of; I have truly fallen in love with myself (I am pretty badass, you know it!)!
My 5 years of transition hasn’t been all bad, there has been so much good too! It has been a tad bit overwhelming at times but every single thing that has happened is part of God’s plan and I embrace it all! I embrace every tear, every fear, every smile, and every cheer!
Cheers to the next chapter and my next 50 Caliversaries (God willing!)! Cheers to making more dreams and goals a reality! The best is yet to come!