Roots and wings…I’ve written about this before regarding what I hope to give my kids through a balance of adventure and a happy home life. I didn’t have strong roots growing up because we moved so, so many times. Lately I have been working really hard on those roots. My family and I made the decision to (probably) stay here in Sacramento for the long term, mostly because my work provides a relatively easy and stable life, including time for travel and a job that I find very rewarding. My husband has since finished his Master’s degree and is teaching at the same college, so despite the years of hard work that we have both endured, it all seems to be paying off. I want to have a stable home base, and this seems to be it.
While we try to implement aspects of sustainable living as much as we can, we realized that we needed to make a change in our living situation. We had been living in a small house for 9 years, but after having two children, it was time for some space. We took the decision seriously, continuously weighing our options, making sure this was really what we wanted to do, even getting cold feet a couple of times. I am so glad we were brave enough to make the change…this feels so right.
Change is so refreshing! I am loving it not just because of the additional space that allows us to have the lifestyle I had been wanting for a long time (finally a dining room table for long dinners and a guest room for our frequent family guests!), but also because of the feeling of having a fresh start. Of reorganizing my life: clearing out the unnecessary and starting over with a refreshed atmosphere.
One of the most important factors in our decision was the lifestyle we would be creating for our children. In a big city like Sacramento, finding this is not exactly easy. We seriously considered moving to the suburbs where the schools are better…but in the end, we found a place to settle in our neighborhood, 10 minutes to downtown and, more importantly, on a very quiet street just feet away from a huge greenbelt. The years of walking, biking, and scootering our way down those winding paths is something I find comfort in.
Leaving behind part of our past is not easy. I will miss a lot about the old house: our garden, walking my son to school, the nearby river…but it feels good to have stayed somewhere long enough to create a solid sense of home and memories that will always be connected to that place.
Besides feeling positive about the roots that we are laying, I am very excited about finally having the time to have some fun! On the agenda is checking out what’s new in Sacramento; visiting Livermore Valley wine country; making day trips to Napa, Calistoga, Sonoma, Lodi, and Berkeley; celebrating my 40th birthday in a yet-to-be-decided great place; and visiting San Francisco and Lake Tahoe this December. In the background is continuous planning for our next big trip and my new partnership with Michelin Guides. I look forward to sharing it all with you.
What big changes have you made recently? What have you let go of to make those changes?