Sunday, June 8, 2014

happy one year sandan-versary to me!

well todays the day! it marks the one year anniversary of me moving out to this wonderful magical paradise, San Diego! i had been out here a couple of times before i moved out here and mostly fell in love with the weather and of course the close proximity of the ocean. in those few days that i had been here, it must have simply made my should happy and it has for this whole past year. i finished my week long drive out here one year ago per my Facebook status, "i made it. kind of want to cry from exhaustion, but i made it". I pulled into my new apartment complex with my dog and my fully packed car hoping to start a new life. i lived on an air mattress holding my breath waiting for my belongings from my old life to arrive. i made my first place out hera a kind of home before deciding that i needed to be closer to the beach and making that my real home. i clinged to lifelong friends, friends from another chapter of my life, and made tons of new ones. somehow...despite it all... i made a new life for myself, one that makes me very happy. i even found love again. thank you san diego. thank you for making me realize that i could live again. and that i could love again. and of course for never-ending 70 degree and sunny days and daily sunsets that never ever look the same!

a few of my favorite moments from the past year...

 waiting for our stuff to arrive... but i guess really we don't need that much stuff
 making time to relax though
 first visitor! a fellow widow from chicago to attend Widow Camp
 lila loving the shade
 one of many
second group of visitors! college bests in old town
 opening day in del mar betting on "this one's for mel"
 one of our first of many hikes up cowles mountain to enjoy the view of our new city
 gotta do yoga by the sea
 and take advantage of the year round perfect weather with a garden
 love going to see the padres at petco!
mom's first visit and my first visit to balboa park
 auzzie friend visiting to celebrate matt's friend's nuptials in SD
 another OB sunset
 more guests! first wine tasting in temecula
and more yoga by the sea with my auntie
 first NFL game!
full moon hike on mt. laguna
 hiking with lila to a "waterfall" SD style
 lila's halloween costume for all the children of the 80's
 lifelong bestie and i celebrating matt's birthday with some music he would think i was crazy for listening to!
 lots of baths with lots of trips to the beach
 we loved chilling our first balcony overlooking the trolley
another hike to the top of mt. woodson
 pearl jam concert!

 first thanksgiving away from home in big bear with new friends!
 who knew the desert was freezing! december in joshua tree
our first cali christmas with our first real tree
see real real christmas trees in idyllwld
mom's christmas visit... no day after sales for us!
 more tasting in temecula
 watching the pack with friends!
 ringing in the new year
 moving out
to the beach
making it feel like home
 but still getting stuck every once in awhile
 camping and yoga in the desert
 catalina island
 10 mile hike across the island
 Zumba Convention with the best roomie ever!
 enjoying a sunset beer
 still doing yoga
and still watching sunsets
 my wonderful Zumba class
 neighborly walks to the beach
 getting a tattoo in honor of the two year sadiversary of matt's death
 st. patty's day SD style
 easter SD style
 finding a place to teach yoga
 more mountain hikes with friends
half marathon relay!

it was so fun looking back on all the amazing adventures the past year has given me...

and i can't wait to see what the next year holds...

namaste San Diego

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