Despite the obviousness of this statement, I'll say it anyway: Life is different now.
Much of that difference was exactly why we moved:
- Less traffic and bustle, more quiet and peace
- A bigger home that really feels like a *home*
- Easier access to mountains, wilderness and skiing
- More room to be creative, grow food, let the dogs roam, etc.
- Ability to put down real roots, which is tough in the big city
Some of the differences are things I miss:
- Our LA friends, of course
- Flea markets
- Farmers markets in the winter
- Growing veggies in the winter
- Whole Foods within a 5 minute drive
- Warm days even in January (notice a trend here?)
- The beach
- My LA spinning and yoga classes (or, more precisely, the people in them)
Even though the list of things I miss is longer than the list of reasons why we moved, we're really happy here. All of the things we miss are things we can deal with (we still keep up with our friends on Facebook and occasional LA visits, we can visit antiques stores in Reno, there's a Whole Foods 30 minutes away in Reno, and the weather is beautiful in a whole other way here), though we do both still miss the beach.
What's been amazing is realizing all the ways in which life is different here that we never anticipated, but instead could only discover by living here:
- Small town life brings out the best in both of us, and we feel much more relaxed
- We see our friends so much more often here, like every week instead of every few months in LA
- I'm a lot more creative and inspired here, and have been hand-making all sorts of things
- We're more trusting of people, and we pick up hitch-hikers all the time. Not joking. It's a different world.
- Living in the cold and snow isn't actually half bad. And there's something really satisfying about chopping wood and keeping the fire going.
- I feel less of a need to share
That last point is really what this post is all about. I've come to realize over the last year that I'm much less interested in blogging than I used to be, I think because life is so different for us now. There's something very anonymizing (that's a word, right?) about living in the city, that I felt like my blog was my little place where I could shout, "Hey world! Look at me! Look what I did in my little home!"
But now, feeling so comfortable and relaxed, I have nothing to prove. I don't feel anonymous when I walk around Truckee. I recognize people. They recognize me, more and more every day. And people know we have a home that we've decorated with care and attention. I don't need to shout it. And I definitely don't want to be a show-off.
What I have always loved most about blogging, and what I still love about it, is connecting with other people. It's when I think about my blog friends like Ashley at Domestic Fashionista, or Kate at Modern Mountain Life, that I start itching to blog again. And that's why I'm here today, typing this to you. I really value my blog friends, and I want to make more... maybe you?
Ashley and me at the Sacramento Bloggers meetup
I'm still going to share projects, because I have loads of them. Just not as many or as often. I have always blogged for the love of it, and I don't want to lose that love by making it a chore. So even though my posts will be more sparse in 2013 than they were in 2012, or especially in 2011, I promise what you see here will come from a place of inspiration and excitement.
What's your blogging philosophy? Why do you blog? Why do you read blogs? Want to be bloggy friends? Shoot me a comment!
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