I have no kitchen right now to whip up tasty treats or savory meals, so I have decided to share with you my thoughts! Bear with me, all, it’s been a crazy three weeks! I’ve been apartment hunting, and man, does it take a lot out of you. But fear not, once I find the perfect apartment and wonderful kitchen, I will be back in full swing! After all, what’s life without a little change and adventure, right?!
But for now, all I have to offer is the insight I’ve learned and discovered within the past three weeks :) Here it goes…
Boston, MA. Madison, WI. Japan. Brooklyn, NY. Santa Barbara, CA. Germany. Eugene, OR. Sonoma County. India. Los Angeles, CA. South Africa. Davis, CA. Korea. Canada. San Diego, CA. Vietnam. Hawaii. New Zealand. San Francisco, CA.
These are only some of the places where my friends and family currently call home. It’s incredible, really. We all started out in the same area and within a span of 5 years, we’re all scattered across the globe! What’s also amazing is the fact that no matter what part of the world my friends/family are in or where I am currently, I have managed to stay in touch with almost all of them. And although I’m in transition, trying to find a place of my own to call home, the people around me truly make me appreciate life and all it has to offer. Plus, this week has been especially special because I got to see and visit with 4 of my close friends that live outside the Northern California region!! And with everyone’s support and encouragement in the past month, I feel ready to conquer this new goal, this new chapter, and this new city.
However, since I’ve started the search for a place in the wonderful city of San Francisco, there have been a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions: Is this where I should be? Will I truly be happy here? How will I afford it? There’s no where else I want to be right now. I know I’m going to love it. Why are all the closets so small here?!?!? I need the change in scenery, and SF is perfect. But am I really ready to go from 98 degree weather and wearing shorts everyday to the foggy Bay Area weather where I’m sure I’ll need 4 coats when I walk outside? I love the city! This is the perfect place to start the next chapter in my (post-college) life. Yep, this is definitely right. It feels right. I truly believe I am making the right choice. Rinse and repeat all those thoughts again.
I’ve been graduated for over a year now but bought some time by staying in Davis another year after being offered a great job opportunity. But now it’s time to take a risk, trust my instincts, and take that leap. So as I keep the mantra, “I won’t back down,” (from the wise Tom Petty) humming in the back of my mind, I refuse to back down, especially when striving for my goals, happiness, and contentment. It’s simple, you just have to work hard to get where you want to be.
So here I am, in a coffee shop in San Francisco, sitting across from a cute, old man in suspenders and round spectacles sipping on his foamy drink, between apartment showings, hoping for the best, and knowing that soon enough, I’ll get to where I want to be. :)
More reflections and thoughts to come soon…because I can’t cook! Ugh!! Thanks for reading but more importantly bearing with me, wonderful readers :)