I wonder if waking up tomorrow and realizing I'm not in TX will help things seem less surreal. It's not that I can't believe I'm here. It's getting used to the fact that I packed up my life in a suitcase, an army duffel bag and two pieces of carry-on luggage, to make California my new home. And less than 24 hours ago to boot. In case you wonder how that happened, don't fret. I'll be explaining myself more in the next few blogs. Just know these 3 things for now: I'm crazy. A good kind of "outside the box" crazy, I think, but still crazy. I'm spontaneous and I'm a bit of a nomad. Okay, maybe more than a bit. In my 26 years, I have lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Waco & Austin Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Germany and now...... California. And I don't even have the excuse of being a military brat!
In any case, I am here now and I think I'm in love. Gorgeous scenery. Perfectly warm with a constant breeze. Real sidewalks, perfect for skateboarding, everywhere. Hawaiian BBQ. Add to that the fact that my first date with San Diego was magical. Upon landing, I got my baggage after an impressively short wait, headed outside to meet Gwen (my new temporary roomie) and was invited to a Ricardo Sanchez concert. I was already fading at that point, but how often do you have a first night in SDC? Right! You understand, of course. I had to go.
We arrived at Faith Chapel for an absolutely amazing night of worship. Ricardo Sanchez is awesome! Equally as good was the company I was fortunate enough to be in. I was warmly welcomed right away. How much better could it get? Then, during the interlude, the senior pastor got up and said this: "There is someone here... there's someone here that God has been asking to step out and just go for it; to use what He's given you. Listen, I'm not a prophet or anything like that. I just want to encourage you to trust God and take that step. Step out and give it all you've got. Give everything cause that's the ultimate form of worship. The highest form of worship is living the life you were called to live with all you have." I stood there brimming over with excitement, purpose, joy and hope. How does it feel? One word: Electrifying.
I don't know all the details of how things will turn out. In fact, I don't know most of them. But I do know that this is BIG. Honestly, the weather and sights are just icing on the cake of the real treat. I have always loved California and wanted to live here, but the picture is sooo much bigger than that. I can't help but feel like this is finally it; the realization of all my dreams and visions is underway. When I've blogged some more and given a fuller/ clearer picture of the how, what, who, why, when and where- the reasons this move is so monumental will fall into place.
I can be quirky and slightly obsessive when it comes to writing. Some things are just better written when you're actually in the moment. That's not always possible, I know, but tonight, my first night in SDC, I have the privilege of sharing while the magic of the first steps on this journey is still fresh.
... So much to say and I kind of have to sleep in order to function, I guess. More to come soon :)