Monday, March 4, 2013

Staying Stationary


Near my home in Ventura County, CA

I was born to travel. More than once I've related the feeling I get when I'm in a new place to a high. I'm addicted to that high.

We are in California now. I love California, don't get me wrong - but boy do I miss traveling. Yes, I've been exploring some of my state and loving it, but there's something different about waking up in a place with an entirely different language and culture.

Steven and I have changed around a lot of things in our life lately. A year ago we were living in Europe. Neither of us were in school (not counting my online classes) and we had very wonderful, very flexible jobs that allowed us a fairly comfortable lifestyle and frequent opportunities to travel.

Sometimes I find myself thinking: Why would we give that up? What were we thinking? 

I have to remind myself that even though life often seemed perfect in Europe, we had no opportunity for growth there. America is where we need to be to finish our education and transition into careers we love.

Our life here is not going to be as glamorous, at least not for a while. I'm in the middle of an 18 unit semester of school and sometimes I can't even find the time to breathe, let alone plan trips and fabulous adventures.

I'm not done traveling. I'll never be done traveling - but I'm coming to terms with the fact that I need to be happy with how life is NOW. I need to recognize the beauty of where I am instead of sighing wistfully at every picture I see of someplace else. I need to count my blessings.

I live in a country where I'm allowed to receive an education.
I have a family who loves me.
A husband I would do anything for.
There is love and laughter and fun in my life and I am blessed beyond measure.

16 comments:

Leia said...

Love this post! I can TOTALLY relate to you on all of this. We're heading back to the States next month after being gone for 14 months. I don't know how long we'll be back for, and I know I'll miss traveling and living abroad like crazy, but you're absolutely right- you have to be happy with how life is now in the present.

Robyn said...

enjoy it-you have your whole life ahead of you to travel.it just is one of thoe phases-like when you are away you think about what it would be if you lived in your home country again...it is been over 9 years now for me...eek

Jenna said...

I'm also coming to terms with staying put this year... and it isn't easy! But I'm doing Master's and that's what's important at the moment. There will be lots of time for travel later :)

xxx
Jenna

San said...

Just out of curiosity: why do you think there was no opportunity for growth in Europe for you?

Lani @ On Windswept Lane said...

It seems like you have already found the silver lining-- your positive outlook will surely ease the transition. Plus, when you & Steven are able to travel it will be that much more special. =)

Liz said...

WOW what a gorgeous photo! Amazing! I love your blog design, too... super awesome! You definitely have a new follower! (I found you through Olive & Ivy) :)

Sara Louise said...

Love your positive outlook!

Olivia Souders said...

I can totally relate. I'm not an expat, I've never lived outside the States, but travel is SUCH a huge part of my life. And this year, we are going exactly...nowhere. It's pretty hard to be OK with that, but it means we can (hopefully) pay off student loans, etc. this year.

Bonnie Rose said...

I can relate. I grew up traveling and moving across Europe until I was 17 thanks to the US military. I knew I had to return but it took me ten years because of school, family, jobs that included the military again. We are now expats in Europe and glad that it was worth the wait.
Bonnie Rose | The Compass Rose

Jackie D said...

You and I both, my dear! Now that I am finally back and equally stationary in California for a while, we need to meet up for that coffee! Sounds like we are both busy enough that we can use all the caffeine we can get.

Mo (New on U) said...

What kind of career are you thinking you will be interested in pursuing? Or will photography be your main focus? I ask because I spent the first 28 years of my life with severe wanderlust and couldn't imagine settling down. But ever since getting a job that allows me to travel, settling down is so much easier to fathom.

Mo (New on U) said...

What kind of career are you thinking you will be interested in pursuing? Or will photography be your main focus? I ask because I spent the first 28 years of my life with severe wanderlust and couldn't imagine settling down. But ever since getting a job that allows me to travel, settling down is so much easier to fathom.

Van Nguyen said...

Thanks for sharing what's in your heart. Your life is blessed indeed.

Jessica said...

Ventura county is beautiful.... You are so right for being thankful for where you are! -Jessica L

liseli said...

I don't understand... Why can't you study in Europe?

Ella-Lauren said...

So true...about being happy with your life now. I think that's true of every stage in life too. Sometimes you need to slow down, let things stop for just a moment, gather thoughts and figure out life and be content & happy with it, then & there.

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