After two months away from the computer, I am so glad to be back blogging and creating content! The past couple of months have been overwhelming to say the least. To begin, I broke my arm which was then followed by a solid 10 week recovery. Aside from running to doctor visits and physical therapy, I had also been apartment shopping. With our current lease ending this month, Charles and I both agreed it was time to upgrade to a new place with more space. With the help of a friend we found the perfect new home and are so excited to move in at the beginning of August. Get ready for some home decor posts! And as if we didn’t already have enough on our plates, we also made the leap to adopt a kitten! Charles and I had been thinking about adding a new furry member to the family for months when I came across the most adorable lynx point siamese kitten. After holding her and looking into her baby blue eyes, we knew she had to be ours. We decided it was only fitting to name her Blue 🙂
As you can see, life has been a bit of a crazy but exciting roller coaster. Now that everything is finally slowing down, I felt that it was time to get back to doing what I love, blogging of course!
I have been in Seattle for exactly 6 months now. Being that I have just hit the half year mark, I thought I would make a post on how I have found happiness in my new home. Living in a new place away from family and friends is a difficult transition that so many young adults face. The homesickness is real! Below are 5 things that have made my transition easier and that can make you happy in your home too!
1. Keep in touch
Keeping in touch with friends and family has helped me monumentally during this adjustment period. I have always been good about maintaining contact with family. During college I was that girl who talked on the phone with her mom every single day. Friends on the other hand, I have always been surrounded by. Never have I been in a new place completely on my own. That being said, I made it my mission to have a sit down phone call with a bestie from home at least once a week. Having these weekly phone calls is great because I get to connect with my girlfriends and chat about personal things!
2. Always have something to look forward to
If there was one piece of advice I could give you, it’s this! Having things to look forward to ALWAYS keeps me going and helps me conquer those especially rough days. Each month to two months there is at least one thing marked in my calendar that I have to look forward to. For May it was a trip to Texas, for June it was jumpstarting ClassPass, and for July/August it’s a beach vacation in Mexico. Whenever I am having an off day, I just think about the wonderful things I have to be excited for and it immediately boosts my mood!
3. Explore your city
Being a home body, I don’t always like to get out and do things. I am perfectly happy snuggled up in bed, sipping on a glass of wine, and binge-watching Netflix. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, being stagnant all the time can certainly hinder your ability to adapt to a new place. For that reason, I try to get out and do new things in Seattle that I wouldn’t be able to in Texas. It helps me to be active and also appreciate my new home. This past weekend, my sister was in town visiting and we went on a hike through Discovery Park down to the beach (where the above photos were taken). Although we were contemplating staying in and watching a movie instead, I am so happy we went out to explore. This beach has officially become my new happy place! It was quiet, calming, and so picturesque. The sweeping views of the ocean with a mountain backdrop is just something you cannot get in Texas. It makes me so grateful that I am only a 20 min drive from such a serene escape.
4. Create a routine
Having a routine acts as a great constant when you are surrounded by change. My routine is basic, but reliable. Every morning I wake up around 8am, brew a cup of coffee or tea, make the bed, and then proceed to catch up reading all my favorite blogs. A couple of my favorites are ‘With Love from Kat‘ and ‘The Elgin Avenue‘. Having this stability makes my life feel so much more put together!
5. Stay true to your faith
Faith is by far the number one thing that has helped me to discover happiness in my new home. The power of prayer should never be underestimated. When life throws curve balls or when I simply want someone to talk to, I close my eyes and have a conversation with God. Not only does prayer act as a means of meditation and reflection for me, but it reminds me to always trust in God’s plan. I do not know what the future holds, but what I do know is that for now this is where he wants me to be! There is nothing like having confidence in where you are and what you are doing!
I hope you all enjoyed this post. These 5 things have really helped me and I hope that one or all of them may help you too! Whether you are in a new city like me or simply facing a new challenge, you can achieve a happy life!