Nola, the lizard hunter.
Highway traffic + GPS = Back roads in South Carolina and a very happy puppy.
This weekend was spent in Orlando, mainly with family. It’s a hard thing balancing friend/family time when we’re in town. It’s usually for brief trips and with our new little niece, priority is most definitely family. We did, however, make it back to our church Sunday morning and my heart ached a little for that area of town and our friends. We used to live just five minutes from our church and got to drive around the neighborhood a bit. I miss that studio apartment, I miss being able to walk to the grocery store and the ability to go on a run in this sweet little area of Orlando. I miss it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Charlotte! I love living here and don’t regret moving at all, but I do miss the comfort that lies within a place you’ve spent a good portion of your life in.
I wish that, instead of focusing on where I wanted to go, the year before we moved to Charlotte, that I would have focused more on how lovely our little area of Orlando was. I was so focused on trying to get to Charlotte that, while I did appreciate those things and the people, it watered them down a bit.
As I write this, I realize that’s how my mind has been working lately. I see where I want to be in one year, five years, and so on and while that’s great, there needs to be a balance. I need to be patient and work hard to get there. I’ve always focused on the next step, the next place and yet have the hardest time being present. So that’s my hope, to live more in the present. To appreciate life as it is now. No matter how much you want to move onto the next thing or the next step, there will be something you miss about right now. So take a step back and look around you. Even the little things you don’t think you’ll miss much, you just might find yourself aching for one day.