It’s been just over a month since Dylan and I packed up our apartment in Seattle and journeyed down to San Diego. This month somehow feels like both 3 months and 3 days — so much has happened, but it flew by.
Moving is fun — it brings new opportunities, places to explore, and changes. But it is hard. Especially when you are venturing farther than to a new neighborhood in the same city. There are one million things to keep track of, coordinate and complete. And as someone who *might* be a bit type A…the process of it all can leave me so distracted and stressed that I forget to enjoy the excitement of it all.
However, in reflecting on this last whirlwind of a month, there are a few things that I am particularly grateful we worked into our plan and held as priority to make the transition smooth.
- Road trip! We sent our things ahead of us and made our drive down a mini vacation. We took the Pacific Coast Highway all the way down and saw so many beautiful sights along the way. It was so nice to have 5 blissful days in between the madness of packing everything up, and then unloading it all. A few designated days to kick our feet up on the dash, pull off to the side of the road anytime we saw something that piqued our interest, and soak up that feeling of freedom that driving along the coast with the windows rolled down provides.
- Time box your unpacking, and then get out and explore the neighborhood. We took one day to power through the majority of our moving and organizing in San Diego, and then gave ourselves permission to leave a few boxes on the floor to get out, explore new restaurants, and have a beach day. Typically, I’m the type to fall into a black hole of arranging and rearranging the house until it feels “done,” but after arriving in a brand new place — it felt so much more important to venture out.
- If you’re moving away from your family…have a visit back home planned. I had lived within an hour of my family my entire life, so, full transparency, I was nervous to leave. But knowing I would see them again just a few weeks after leaving made our “goodbye” feel so much less intimidating.
Now that we’ve been here long enough to settle (and unpack those boxes!), I’m excited to establish a new routine and continue to get to know the area. Stay tuned for so many more Southern California adventures.