Greetings, from America’s Finest City

It’s been a while.
It’s not you- it’s me.

Truth is, life’s been really really chaotic for the past six weeks.
I quit my job.
I got a new job.
I packed up everything I own, put it in the back of my car, and moved out of Seattle.
I drove for twenty hours alone down I-5.
And landed in San Diego. In a few hours, I’ll sign a lease and become an official California resident.

Which means that for the first time in six weeks, I have absolutely nothing to do. That’s why I’m posting on Medium- because it’s a luxery for me. It’s like sitting on the beach reading a book. I don’t do it often, but when I do- dang it feels so good.

So anyway, I’m in San Diego right now.

I want to talk about changing gears. Pseudo-literally.

For the past four years, I lived in Seattle- despite the climate, the city is full of buzzing, high performing, hard working people and the city is permanently stuck in high gear. (Yes, I’ve heard the eastside is the opposite… but I worked on the westside, which means Amazon and bankers and everyone else that works hard until they quit or die)

And now I’m in San Diego- where there’s only one speed: slow. The people drive differently and it’s okay to be late to lunch and it feels like I’m living in a Jack Johnson music video.

Coincidentally, I’m also the slightest bit sunburnt from being outside for 15 minutes yesterday.

Here’s the weird thing: I’m free until Next Wednesday. I have six more days of nothing to do in this eternal summer weather. I can’t move into my apartment yet and I can’t do too much other than just… breathe/relax/enjoy life/write posts on Medium.

Partially I moved to San Diego because of the opportunities for self care- but now it’s hitting me in the gut: what does self care actually look like, now that I am at a place to take care of myself?

The truth is, I’m not sure. I am going to read some books and watch some movies and take some long walks but- this is a new season of learning how to recharge and rebuild and restart.

Maybe you need a season like that, too. And maybe it doesn’t involve moving. Maybe it’s just being intentional about self-care. Or maybe it’s turning off social media for a few weeks or quitting something else to open up your schedule a bit more. Maybe it’s just quitting the word “busy” because it literally just stresses you out.

Stay Classy San Diego,

engineer + creative + sustainability thinker. trying to reduce the noise in my life. future dog owner.

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