Adventures: The Bittersweet Journey

by Amanda · 4 comments

in Wanderlust


I am now a Southern California resident. Surprise!

My husband has been pursuing his PhD in Philosophy for years now, and he was offered a prestigious spot among graduate students at the University of California Riverside. I was still happily working at a local architecture firm in April when he received the good news. He was torn. I was not. He didn’t want to take me away from such a great job that I loved to follow him to the suburbs of Los Angeles. I was up for an adventure.

Moving across state lines is one of the most stressful things in life. Trust me, I know from experience, three times. Not only do you have to fit all of your stuff into a pod or trailer or two cars (or a combination of all three), but you have to change banks, quit your job, leave your family and friends, find a place to live, get a new drivers license, and change your address on everything from credit cards to car insurance. These things pass quickly, though.

The best part about moving? Driving across this beautiful country we call home with my family, discovering new places, downsizing our things, meeting new people, eating new food, and shopping for new home goods. There is so much to do and see here culturally and outdoorsy! There are so many nice people at UCR! The weather is perfect! Our rental house is simply adorable!

The worst part about moving? Leaving a job I love to be unemployed, not knowing where to dine out for vegetarian meals, feeling like a foreigner in a tight-knit community, not having any friends nearby, and missing home. Being in a new place where you know no one is very lonely. Especially when you are spending all of your time at home alone looking for a job, and getting no feedback from anyone (don’t worry, I’ve been networking and volunteering my heart out, too!).


Risk comes with uncertainty. Greatness happens after some amount of risk is taken. Failure is inevitable.  You must push off the harbor anyway. Embrace your fears, life is scary. Live. Do the things you want to do in spite of fear, act on your passion. Push your comfort zone to new heights. Dream big. Decide to be happy. Fail. Fail. Fail. Succeed.

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis

I’m always up for an adventure, because who knows what we may discover about ourselves unless we jump out of our comfort zone. No longer comfortable, I accept this journey as a challenge, not knowing what to expect around the bend.

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” -Guillaume Apollinaire

To the daring,



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Cindy Shannon October 19, 2012 at 7:25 am

You are courageous! How far you have come . . . . . from the minute your were born, you have always been happy to stay in your own world, your comfort zone, reading a book, sitting in my lap or just cuddling with your brother on the couch. Life is a journey that’s for sure, and I am so proud of you!!
We will be there soon to enjoying Thanksgiving/Christmas in November.
Love you,


Amanda October 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Thanks, Mom. :) Looking forward to seeing you soon!


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