It’s been three years since we landed here in search of an outdoor lifestyle and endless vitamin D. Sure, we knew we’d have access to that west coast easy vibe, but what we found in San Diego goes far beyond beaches, trails and fabulous fish tacos. The last few weeks have been hard, really hard. Feeling like the rug was pulled out from under us with the sudden and unexpected death of my Dad, even more perspective has begun to set in. There are waves of emotion coming at me from all angles and at times there are smiles through tears. With a lot going on and many changes happening simultaneously, finding some clarity and stability feels like a miracle. Much of this, I’ve learned in San Diego.
It’s hard to put into words, but after almost exactly three years in this relaxed west coast city, I am certain that something about San Diego has officially changed us for the better. For a girl who rarely struggles with enough verbiage to describe a situation; the words escape me, but I know that this southern Californian city is forever a place we’ll call home.
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude” – A.A. Milne
We came here wondering what would be and we got our answer tenfold. There have been lessons around every corner, guidance from the most surprising of sources and wisdom amidst every day of sunshine. Something about this city helped us grow in ways never before possible. Something about the culture, the people, the food, the life outlook and the overall vibe changed our course, shifted our focus and has made an indelible mark on our soul.
It would be impossible to find every person who touched our lives here and give them a hug, but there’s something in me that still wants to try. Here we found our footing, here we sought questions that might not have answers (and learned that that’s okay), here we found joy in everyday and here we interacted with others looking to do the same. I know that every person comes into your life for ‘a reason, a season or a lifetime’ and in this city, in a short three years, we have experienced it all.
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives” – John F. Kennedy
We have shared moments of magic, filled our memory bank and worked to make a difference. We have made friends, had many ‘firsts’ and learned things about ourselves that we hadn’t yet discovered. We volunteered beside veterans, stood aboard a Navy Destroyer, watched the SEALS train, became friends with military police officers, learned to soak our own beans, embraced the Mexican culture, found a love of hiking, bought a tent and a camping grill, interacted with city-county-international officials, were a part of an historic march, joined organizations, sat on committees and boards, planned luncheons, lived yoga, enjoyed the craft beer scene, worked remotely, challenged our beliefs, learned to love road trips, had our special beach spot and found our favorite food haunts – only to name a few. For all of those who have shared our experience, taught us lessons, touched our lives and have been a part of our story – thank you. The impact of the people and life in this city is forever embedded on our soul – we already can’t wait to return.
What San Diego taught me
- Yoga is far more than poses on a mat; it’s a life outlook, a philosophy, a guiding principal that shares wisdom in all aspects of life
- Fish tacos make the world a happier place
- My happy place will ALWAYS be the ocean and the beach
- Being able to play outside fills my heart with joy – perhaps I’m solar powered
- Mindfulness and meditation are game changers
- Living in a military city is amazing
- Vitamin D (emotionally and physically) shifts things for the better
- Small cities with a beach town feel are perfect for me
- Being surrounded by people with a positive outlook on life is vital to our existence
- Nature is one of the best listeners and healers around
- Finding awareness and noticing shifts provide more clarity than I ever thought
- Slowing down is a far greater positive than I knew
- Embracing a healthy mindset leads to a healthy body
- There is no one way to make a living, eat, live, be or love – I love that
- I need far less stuff than I ever imagined
- Experiences, memories and moments of life stay with you
- Growth is hard, necessary, rewarding and invigorating
- It’s okay to be yourself
Thank you, San Diego!