I miss my old life . . . but l enjoy my new one
It’s funny what you think you’ll miss versus what you actually do. When I was eighteen away at college I missed my friends, my house, and my parents. But this is a whole different type of homesickness. I miss my old life.
I had a very full life in SoCal.
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Coffee talks with friends at Coffee Klatch or Classic Coffee
Hosting prayer time and events with college students from Life Pacific College
Going out to eat for a weekly catch-up with my parents
Knowing all the street names and not having to get directions
Going to get Korean BBQ in LA at O-Dae San and Yogurtland with our LPC friends
My jobs at ELS La Verne, the writing center at Azusa Pacific University, and tutoring
Working with and learning from the international community
Calories being posted on every menu when you got out to eat
Going to get my mani-pedis with my mom
Easy access to my comfort foods: Thai Curry and Mexican Food
Getting snacks from Trader Joe’s
Finding excuses to get a The Cake Mamas‘ cupcake
Yet I remember also what I do not miss:
How chaotic my life schedule was
How much I struggled working around or with Luke’s night shifts
Not getting enough time to myself or with God.
The constant noises: trains, helicopters, airplanes, neighbor’s dogs, ambulances and police cars
The lack of any semblance of routine
My stress level with school, job, dating, or just balancing it all
Not being spiritually fed
Struggling to find time for hobbies or exercise
The blistering hot days and asthma inducing smog
(no need for pics of those )
A lot of the things we did not enjoy about the LA area and our place in life we kept in mind in praying for our next location. So to end this on an encouraging note:
What I enjoy about where I live now:
A great church where I am being challenged on Sunday mornings Victory Highway
A rented-home to ourselves
A routine that includes Luke having a regularly scheduled salary job
A guarantee that I can see Luke each day
No loud neighborhood noises
Clear and crisp hair
Hiking and camping locations close by
Several big and small lakes to explore or kayak
Hills and rivers running through town
Finding time to exercise at the Ymca
Finding time for starting up old hobbies (like blogging) or learning new ones
Getting enough quiet time alone or with God
Good sushi Tuna II, Chinese Corning Class, and Indian food Thali of India close by
Most of all we are enjoying the adventure of being on our own, knowing that we are exactly where we are meant to be
8 thoughts on “I miss my old life”
Being exactly where you were meant to be. I love how you got us there…one picture at at time!
I am glad and excited for your new life, but I dislike having returned into it and “losing”you. I have so many things to tell you. That I simply want to do in person.
I understand-the phone is best we got because of the sad limitation of distance-but if your up for a phone talk let me know!
Oh I will! I believe my current number is on my facebook profile.
There’s a good chance I’ll be moving to NY this summer, so it’s good to know it’s not completely terrible over there. Just kidding. I’m sure it’s beautiful and has a charm of it’s own, I’m just sad that it’s so far. Btw, how did you get all your stuff over there?
Penske truck-update on that adventure is all in my Part 3 update: life in 2012