Thursday, October 21, 2021

California Living!

 Well, it's definitely been a minute! Between loads of interviews, packing, downsizing, and selling a house in about a month and a half to move across the country, some things fell off the plate for awhile. 

Changes are scary, but if you never change, you don't grow. (image source)

I guess I need to back up a bit first. 

Last year, Y and I decided that it was time to begin looking around in the job world. We had each been with our companies for some time, and no matter how much we loved them, it was time to move on and pick up new responsibilities. We wanted to live in the city where we met several years ago, so we began searching in the SF Bay Area. Long story short- and lots of interviews later, we each accepted new positions, and had exactly a month and a half to downsize from a 3 bedroom house with a basement, pack up, sell the house, and move to San Francisco! 💪

Can we just move our entire house? Lol! (source)

I might be glossing a bit over the stress of that time. During all this, we went to Nashville, TN for a BMX national, and I was so stressed out I had a breakdown, complete with random crying at the track. This isn't something I love to relive, but hey- we're all human, and I had reached my breaking point. That said, I am SO thankful for the people there who talked to me and gave me support. Really, thank you guys! That meant the world. After that, we decided to pull out of the races and go see downtown, eat at a really nice restaurant and be tourists. It wasn't the weekend we had hoped for, but changing plans when we had to was much needed. A week or so after this, we both accepted our new jobs and the countdown was on. I'm happy that during this time I got to go to my local track, Blue Springs BMX, race a few times, and say goodbye. It was really hard, because I made some really good friends and I still miss them a ton. 😥

Thank you for being so awesome, Blue Springs BMX! (source)

While going local for a few hours was still doable, more nationals were not, as we needed every bit of time to dedicate to the move. Originally I had committed to certain nationals, but as an adult, when something this big happens in life, if you can't deviate from your original plans at all, you're going to be in trouble. What I will bring with me into the national season next year is love for the people who supported me even though I had to take that fork in the road. If there's one thing I've learned, it's that you need to stick with the people who care about you as a person, not just what you can do for them. 

You know it! Weather it's a team, a neighbor, co-workers, etc. There are so many good people out there who become good friends. (image source)

By the way, the board at Blue Springs are some of the nicest, most professional people. They make everyone who comes to the track feel welcome, and they are always out there working on the track to make it the best. They deserve so many kudos. If you ever are in the Kansas City area, go to Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs and check them out. Tell them Erin says hi! 👋😀

While downsizing within a tight timeline was tough, I feel so much better now that we don't have a ton of stuff. We will never be minimalists, and I don't want to pretend to be one by any means, but our two bedroom two bathroom apartment is neat and cozy and we have all we need. The hardest thing for me to get rid of was selling the treadmill. I had wanted a treadmill for EVER, and the one we got was amazing. I actually cried after we sold it, but I hope the new owners are loving it just as much as I did. I miss friends, but we love living here- it makes us both so happy! 

San Francisco's full of so many amazing things, and it's so beautiful! We've been here about two months and we're still adventuring. I hope we never stop. (image source)

I have been enjoying getting my running mileage back up slowly, racing at Santa Clara PAL, which is my new home track, and being tourists with Y and friends on the weekends. Right now as I stare out into a rainy city, I'm so proud of the hard work that got us both here, and so thankful for the wonderful friends we have and the luck that has gone our way. 

Santa Clara PAL BMX (they now have asphalt turns) is so much fun! I'm so grateful to be able to have this place as a home track. (image source)

That was a good catch-up for now. I'll be back with some running and riding posts. I hope you all are having a great week and living your best lives! Until next time. 💓

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