Hello again! Long time no talk. I apologize for that and I've missed writing on this little blog, but I'm finally feeling like now I have a second to breath. Man, moving across the country really takes a lot out of you. It has only been a little over a week since I have arrived but this experience has been very mentally, emotionally and physically draining. Don't worry, all of these feelings are worth it because I am still incredibly happy to be here and the excitement is still outweighing the scared and overwhelmed, which I am taking as a good sign.
My mom left on Saturday morning to go back to Wisconsin but before that our week was completely full of going in and out of the city, going to house showings, and lots of family members we needed to see before she left. It has been a whirlwind to say the least. Last Monday I met with a company in downtown San Francisco, filled out paperwork with HR and I now officially start my first job in my new city this Wednesday! I'll be working as a restaurant server in a hotel and its in a super fun part of the city so I can't wait to get that going. Not to mention, making money will be very nice, but I'm just so thankful because I prepared myself for a much longer job hunt.
Now that the job aspect of my life is figured out (for now) I have moved onto the housing search. I'm currently living with my Aunt and Uncle who live in a suburb outside of San Francisco. Once again, I'm so thankful that I have this housing option right now, but my heart is truly calling me to live within the city of San Francisco so that is the next detail I am trying to figure out. This is proving to be an interest part of the puzzle because housing is expensive, competitive, and there are so many neighborhoods all with their own unique style and reputation. Its definitely forcing me to do a lot of research about the neighborhoods, be vulnerable and put myself out there when contacting potential roommates, and try to have a whole lot of patience. I just want to find a place I am comfortable, with roommates I can trust so that I can start my life in the city but once again, this will take time and I just need to trust that it will all fall into place when it is meant to.
I wish I had more pictures to share with you but my mind has been so full and I've felt so busy that being a photographer has been kind of pushed to the side in the past week. Not to mention that I haven't really gotten a ton of chance to just explore and do fun things within the city, so once I have more time for that expect a lot of photographic peeks into my new life.
If right now you're picturing me as a ball of stress and total mess of a person don't worry I'm not that far gone yet. I did get to spend some time doing things I love and the family time has been a true lifesaver. In the past week I've eaten some great food, and I don't usually take pictures of it but I did want to show you the soup I had once. It was smoked salmon, brown rice and a bunch of veggies, but the interesting part was the broth was a green tea that you poured in from a little kettle. I just thought that was such a good idea.
I also got to celebrate my Uncle's birthday (like 4 times), tried espresso for the first time (it was delish!), went on a couple lovely hikes, and attended my first family dinner (which happens every Sunday night and can be up to 30 people!) which made me feel so welcomed. I wish I had enough time to paint and having a painting of the week to share, but this just happens to be one of those times where life is a little too busy. And I'm not beating myself up over it so that's a good thing. I did start painting the other night though and it felt so good to have a brush in my hand again! I'm going to try really hard to having a painting to show next Monday, but with starting a new job and my living situation possibly in flux, I'm not going to make any promises.
Whew, this maybe got a little long winded but I just wanted to give a little update about what is going on in my life after living in California for one week. It still feels surreal that this is my new home. Its been one emotional week, and at times I've felt so overwhelmed I didn't know how to deal, but this is life and I'm learning how to get through it one day at a time. With exciting opportunities comes scary change and I'm accepting that no matter how hard I try, I probably will never feel fully ready for times like this. I'll be okay though, and when times get a little rough, I've been reminding myself to practice what I preach and give myself permission to not have everything figured out. Oh, and being able to walk outside in a t-shirt, drive with the windows down, and feel the sun warm my skin are helping to remind me that this is where I should be, best encouragement ever.