A grand "hello" to the new year.
On December 15th, 2013, we embarked on a hectic journey from our dear Northern California to our new home, a little ways outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fuzzy photo above is from our flight in to Pittsburgh and the magical sight set before us: snow. (I know, we crazy California folk and our enchantment with real winter!) We had more luggage than one could possibly manage and more hope to boot. Our plan was a simple: move to an inexpensive but cozy, supportive community where our children could thrive and we could take a step back from the insanity that is the San Francisco tech industry and it's heavy demands.
A place where we could afford to buy a home in the future for a fraction of the cost it would cost in the Bay Area... We could build up a cozy home, free from the pressure of what others consider to be the ideal, modern lifestyle. Do you know how much easier it is to be happy without all of that? Exceedingly! And to all who desire a fresh start and new hopes, I say take the plunge.
It's truly funny to me, friends, family, and acquaintances often thought my parenting choices or lifestyle choices were too crunchy and organic. What's the harm what I consider to be a clean lifestyle? What's the harm in not doing things exactly like the general population as long as you and yours are healthy and happy? I find myself so much HAPPIER knowing that I didn't let those thoughts plague me and keep me from leaving California.
The pursuit of happiness, how idealistic and how exhilarating! Everything is so new and exciting! The snow is fresh! The breeze is crisp! And new, great things are on the horizon.
That's truly how I feel.