It's been two months since I moved to San Diego, California, and I wanted to give you an update on how I've been doing. I've had ups and downs, but overall I'm loving life in San Diego. In fact, I love it so much I decided to stay. I was planning to return to New York in the Spring, but I've decided to extend my stay at least through August. It's exciting, and scary, and all kinds of feels. But overall, I feel really good about the move. San Diego is a pretty amazing city, and I'm excited to continue exploring. Keep reading to learn all about my first few months in San Diego!
Well for starters, the weather here is a beautiful dream. And the beaches are gorgeous. It's hard not to fall in love with San Diego. It's a big city, but not too big - with a small town feel that's not stifling. It's a nice balance that fosters a sense of community. The lifestyle here is definitely more laid back than in New York. People seem less stressed out, and more relaxed. There's incredible access to nature, hiking, and beaches. Because the weather is lovely year round, there's more of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. People are out and about more. The malls are outdoors, and you can eat outside at night in January! It's pretty amazing. I've often struggled with seasonal affective disorder in New York, but I don't experience that here. Even on my saddest days, I walk out the front door and feel a rush of gratitude for the warmth and sunshine. And the plant life blows my mind on a daily basis.
I'm loving all my classes at Pacific College. I'm studying biology, neuroanatomy, Tui Na massage, and the philosophy, history, and fundamentals of Chinese medicine. It's all quite fascinating, and my classmates and teachers are great. Everyone I've met has been friendly and supportive, and I'm really happy at school.
Starting over in a new city can be challenging at times, and I've definitely had some lonely moments. I miss New York, my friends, my old life. I lived there for thirteen years, and I love it so much. It's not that I wanted to leave - it just felt like I couldn't stay. But I'm optimistic about the future in San Diego. Everything feels new and exciting, and there's so much to see and explore. It feels like a good fit for me, and I look forward to discovering more. Scroll down to see some pics of my life in San Diego.