Over the last couple of years, I’ve read a lot of motivational books, shared empowering quotes on social media, and have looked inward at my own wants and needs. I realized that I had been in a serious rut, feeling like a gerbil on a wheel with no way off of it. I was going through the motions of life, but I was not experiencing life the way that I want. Life is so much more than a routine and a paycheck!
Since I was 16 years old, I’ve wanted to move to California. There was something about the weather, mountains, glamour, and beaches that I absolutely loved. I’ve gone there numerous times over the decades and have always felt a certain connection to it – like a magnet pulling me towards the west coast. As the years passed, I had numerous dreams about taking the leap, but it was never the right time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Florida but after living there for 48 years, I’d had enough of the humidity and mosquitoes! My entire family lives in Florida, and that is the most difficult part of the move for me because we are all so close, but they are so supportive and realize that this is a long-held dream for me.
This year, I was chosen as an O Mag Insider. Out of thousands of submissions, I somehow made the cut, and I felt as if it gave me a new perspective on life. It empowered me in a way that is hard to explain. I felt as if I could control my own destiny by just making bolder moves. Ironically, O Magazine’s motto for the year was Year of Adventure – how fitting!
With both of my girls attending college, and my youngest entering 5th grade, it seemed that there was nothing holding me or my husband back from making the move cross-country. We were able to secure jobs fairly easily, and our house was under contract within two weeks of putting it on the market. Life was opening the door for us, and we decided to walk through it!
I feel as if I have a new zest for life – so many opportunities and experiences await! This blog will document our move from South Florida to southern California – with all of the craziness and challenges that will definitely ensue.