If you've been reading PoMoHo for long, you know that we bought our mountain home in Truckee, California, back in August. But really, it should be called our "mountain house," because until right before the holidays, we were still living in LA, and just spending a week or so each month up here. (Forgive my deliberate obfuscation... not the smartest thing to tell the internet when your house is sitting empty.)
I was still teaching six spinning classes and two yoga classes every week in LA, we were still getting our mail there, and everything else that goes along with it.
But December 23 marked the big change. Earlier in the week, I said many teary goodbyes to all of my classes, some of whom I'd been with for seven-plus years. And several classes surprised me with some amazing cards, gifts and party decorations... it was a really special way to bid farewell to some of my most favorite people in the world, and to wrap a neat little bow around one of the very best experiences of my life. Not that that made it any easier, but it was all very touching.
And then we packed up our new Subaru Outback to the brim (yep, the Outback is the official car of most mountain towns, so you're basically required to have one) and drove the 500 miles from LA to Truckee, and officially started calling our mountain house our mountain home.
We scrambled to get a Christmas tree on December 24, and we hung up some stockings, and that definitely made the house feel more like home.
But what really helped switch me from house to home, to help me feel like we really live in Truckee now, was this:
New yoga classes. There's a matching one on Wednesday, too. Teaching classes has turned out to be a more grounding experience than just about anything else in my life, which surprises no one more than it surprises me. When I started teaching nine years ago, I could not have imagined that I'd still be doing it in 2012, or that I'd love teaching spinning as much as I love teaching yoga.
I'm so thankful that Walter and all the lovely folks at Tahoe Yoga and Wellness Center were so immediately welcoming, and made me feel like a part of the community right away. I could not have dreamed that I'd have two new classes almost the second we moved up here!
More proof that it's the real deal:
That house blog in my bio? You're reading it. ;-)
We still have a lot of adjusting to do. We're making it our mission to meet people and make friends, which I think will make all the difference in whether Truckee truly becomes our home, which is what we want it to be. The current goal: at least two outings or activities every week in which we're likely to meet people who share some of our interests. I'll let you know how that goes.
In the meantime, come to my class if you're ever in Truckee!
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