Today marks the 1 year anniversary of my original departure from Santa Barbara. I left with a car packed of my belongings to set out on a journey, “final” destination unknown. I didn’t realize the adventure ahead, and am incredibly grateful for embracing each moment, not planning ahead like I normally would, and for gently disregarding the concerns others had for me. All I know is I followed my heart, envisioned what I thought would be the perfect career for me, and found myself in Nashville. Thank you to all who supported my decision, who continue to love and care for me every step of the way.
This year flew by; so much has happened. I’m thrilled to wake up each morning here, working for a cause I whole-heartedly support, meeting people passionate about life and this community.
I’ve had the pleasure of hosting six people this past month, shared the hidden treasures of this city with them as spring sprung into action, leaves and blossoms sprouted, and the grass turned green yet again. There is so much to enjoy right now!
Today also marks the first day of a seven day cleanse I’m doing with a friend; we’re utilizing the buddy system to make it through the week. Though I’ve never been an advocate of a restricted diet, I’m really looking forward to how I’ll feel after this week. It’s been a rough month for me, hosting people. In Santa Barbara if people came to visit, we’d go to Sojourner’s, Natural Café, or a sushi restaurant. Here, in the south, we go to places like Monell’s and out for barbecue. Needless to say, southern cuisine is a bit heavier than the food of a coastal town in California, and my body has felt it this past month. My runs have been slower and sluggish, and my rock climbing endurance has decreased. I’ll keep you all up to date about how I feel after this week, but right now, I’m hungry, and oddly satisfied all at the same time. I feel focused, energized, and surprisingly like I can pull this off. The last alternate diet thing I tried was a raw food diet. My roommate and I lasted one day, mostly because I don’t feel like I was educated enough about what to eat. Maybe down the road it’ll be worth trying again, but we’ll see how this one turns out first!
Thanks again for continuing along this journey with me. There really is a lot of beauty in this world; I can only hope to not overlook the smallest bits of them.
Hopefully I’ll dedicate more time to this blog in the coming days, to really share with you these incredible experiences.