The last few months for our little family has been a blur.
From August through January we have been thrown to the wind, not quite sure of our direction or when we would land. This year brought challenges, unexpected surprises, tests of will and patience, but through it all we had each other. Now that the complete and utter (happy) chaos that was the holidays is over, I have been able to sit and reflect on just what an insanely tremendous year it all was.
After hearing news of Erick's interviews in August, we decided to put house-hunting on hold in hopes of a possible move across the country. Flash-foward to a few weeks later in October and we were booking flights for the two of us to try to secure a home in California with little to no preparation. Oh, if moving isn't the most ridiculously difficult and rewarding journey, I don't know what is! Then on the very last day of the month, after having just two short weeks to say our goodbyes, we landed with suitcases in hand and loads full of hope.
There were weeks and weeks of eating our meals on the floor, sleeping on air-beds, pitching tents in the living room and wearing the same pieces of clothing for days on end. The moving truck with all our belongings was delayed, and we relied heavily on the love we had for each other, trusting our journey, and attempting to not take ourselves (or our situation!) too seriously.
I travelled back and forth on my own in November for jobs I had booked before before the move, and when I returned, I was ecstatic to learn our things had finally arrived. Hallelujah! And then the fun truly began... unpacking it all. Good lord. We still had a few straggling boxes shoved in corners and closets, but most everything was done in time for us to fly back for the holidays. I was proud.
Quite possibly the craziest month of them all. I was very new to the whole 'booking flights home for Christmas' deal, so when I realized the longer I waited to buy, the higher the prices kept soaring, I finally chose my ticket dates and closed my eyes, held my breath, and clicked 'complete purchase.' Ouch to our pocketbooks. I chose the two cheapest flights to arrive and depart, meaning based on the off-peak dates I had chosen, I ended up giving myself a whole month back in Chicago for the holidays. While it was an amazing opportunity to spend time with both sides of our family, I probably wouldn't book that long of a stay again without renting a car or having a break from the overwhelmingly business of the season.
It feels so good to be home.
I can say that now, right? That this is home? California is a dream. I feel so incredibly fortunate to live in a place that speaks to my soul and vibrates every cell of my being. When I'm here, I feel like the best version of myself. And there is truly something to be said about being somewhere where no one knows you, has preconceived opinions about you, or is in anyway able to interfere directly with your life. Starting over does come with its fair share of challenges too, especially in terms of marketing my business to new clients or watching my children eagerly trying to make new friends. The beginning of this new year is truly a blank slate for all of us-- in every sense of the word!
Crisp, clear, and ready to be woven with new stories.
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