Thursday, November 13, 2014

Putting down roots

I have a feeling this post will be a bit sappy, but I just can't help it. I'm in general awe of how good things are going around here and I'm just totally stoked. I'm like that weirdo that is so happy that they can't help but share it with everyone, despite how annoying that can be.

Yesterday I saw a guy with no teeth going down the escalators with the biggest smile and waving to everyone as he went down. I happened to be going up on the parallel escalator and we had a moment of passing by each other. He waved with a big gummy smile and it made me smile, that guy was stoked to be on that escalator in the mall. His happiness and all around joy was so infectious you couldn't help but smile and wave back at him. I thought it was sweet and even though I'm not insanely waving to people everywhere I go, I feel like my heart is beaming in a weird way.

Philly has been awesome. I love being around my family, Josh and I scored jobs, fall weather... it's all been great. Josh is working overnights until school starts for him in January and I got a job at an eCommerce company in Old City. Without getting into it too much, I'm BEYOND excited to work for this company and it's been in my sights since August. Everything paid off and I start this Monday. I feel thankful for my family for really helping make this possible for us. I feel like I've been saved from the inevitable years of depression I would have suffered through in Phoenix.

For those that are kind of in the loop with this blog and my life on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter- follow me there because lately I suck at updating this blog) this comes as no surprise to you- I was extremely unhappy the past few years. We had high hopes when Josh got out of the military, but the transition into civilian life was shitty for us. The west coast wasn't as good to us as it may have been for others and Phoenix was dead. I loved my job in Phoenix, but every other part of my life was so depressing. I had to really evaluate if I wanted to stay in a city that I couldn't stand just to stay at the job that I loved at Hello Merch. I ultimately made the decision to leave and while I was sad about it (I miss all of my old co-workers at Hello Apparel!), all the wonderful positive things in my life that have happened since moving has really helped me to cope.

Moving to Philly felt so risky despite my family reassuring me it would be okay (whaddaya know? They were right). I was so nervous because of the last 3 years being such a money suck. I couldn't allow myself to believe that moving AGAIN could be the answer when it had been nothing but awful for us every time. I felt like we were really going out on a limb with this but I'm so thankful that everything is paying off. Wyatt is noticeably happier. He often talks to me unwarranted about how he wants to live in PA forever. I'm not sure what the future will hold but I can say that I haven't been this settled in a long time and I'm in no rush to leave. I'm desperate to really put down some roots.

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