Discussions September 22, 2016

Bittersweet

This week has been filled with emotion. High feelings of happiness when we finally closed escrow earlier in the week and lows of sadness when we’ve seen some of our friends for the last time before our move (well, as SF residents). My mom also came straight to our house after an 11 hour flight from Ireland to help us organize for a few days (thank god for moms), and it wasn’t until she left, that I felt a pang of intense sadness. I’ve never not lived in the same state as my family (even though my sister has lived all of over the world). I guess I thought that because we’ve traveled a lot, that it wasn’t going to seem like such a “big deal”, but it’s all starting to feel very real now. But, at the same time, I’m so incredibly excited for this new chapter in our lives and all that is to come with it. See, I told you I was all over the place!

 

Up until now, this has all sort of felt like a dream. There was a moment this week, when it actually hit me that we only have a number of days left in San Francisco, and I started to panic. I kept trying to visualize what our new life would be like- What will it feel like to not be in our current place? Will we miss having our go-to spots on Chestnut St just around the corner? How long will it take to feel settled into our new home? How long will it take to feel like our new city is our new home? So many questions swirling in my head. But the truth is that I cannot answer these because I don’t know. It’s the fear of the unknown that’s leaving me in a bit of panic. It’s also that unknown that’s so exciting. So many firsts (like owning our first house!) will happen over the next few months and I’m so excited for each one. I’m also so thankful that we ended up hiring movers to help us pack, allowing us to spend the week fitting in as many walks around the neighborhood, family time, coffee and dinner dates with friends along with just soaking in this beautiful city we’ve called home for four and a half years. Even though I know we’ll only be a flight away, and we already have a trip back in October, I still want to savor our time of actually living here. Especially since we’ve been on the road almost every other week lately.

 

The amount of excitement and love we got from readers when we announced the news that we were moving was so heartwarming. Hearing of your personal experiences with similar moves and relocations was also incredibly comforting. It also amped up my excitement to share all of this new-ness to come with you guys! Also, the amount of people who reached out to help was amazing. SEE, THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD. I love when you reach out, whether it’s to tell me about an event you think I would like, giving me feedback about something or simply just saying hi. It truly means so much to us and I’m so thankful for the amount of kindness you all share. And on that note, Thomas and I are having a meet-up in SF, this Sunday, September 25th, from 9:30-10:30am at Palace of Fine Arts. We just wanted something casual and easy, so if you’re in the area, we would love for you to stop by and say hi!

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