California, Here We Are.

Should I have a gif here of someone blowing dust off an long-neglected object? Maybe.

Hi.

It’s 2019. The last time I wrote here, I had just moved to California. It’s been just over six months now since we left Connecticut.

I won’t lie. It’s rough. I’m lonely. I miss my family. I long for my friends, and the easy camaraderie. I have serious FOMO. I’m still struggling to find my “people” here.

Thank god for the internet, right? Makes it easier to hold on. But, also harder to let go. Life might be simpler if I let go but I hold on, painful as it is.

People ask me how I like California. Truth is, I’m neutral. I haven’t fallen in love with it and I left a lot behind that I won’t find here. I can’t complain about California. It’s FINE. The weather is definitely more my speed. That’s the strongest feeling I can muster. I feel like a brat, to be honest.

I try to be grateful, thankful. We’re here because Henry landed his dream job. There are far, far worse reasons that cause a family to pick up roots and move elsewhere.

I don’t want to be consumed by resentment. I want to embrace this as an adventure, a chance to try something new, an opportunity for our family to secure a better financial future.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get over the feeling of longing for home, because home is not a physical place for me. Home was the people, my people. The kids are feeling it, too. I have hope that they’ll settle in sooner than I will but they still ask often if we’re ever going back home. I ask myself, too.

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That’s my answer. This is where we are, for now.

{Review}: How To Break Up With Your Phone

 

This is going to be the shortest review I’ve ever written, I’m pretty sure. But first, why did I pick up this book? Because I fully 100% admit that I spend way too much time on my phone, and I have to make a great effort to stay off it. I leave my phone home, I put it on my purse, I leave it in my car when my goal is to stay present. If I have my phone in my pocket, I WILL pick it up. It’s like a nervous tic.

I’m not sure what I was hoping to find in How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price, but  but everything in this book is nothing that hasn’t been written in countless articles in the past decade. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you won’t learn anything new.  The advice here is fairly common sense and the “program” is a little ridiculous.  Just put your phone down.

It’s not a terrible book, by any means. It’s easy to read, enjoyable but just…what was the point? For me, not much.

But if you really have no clue, and want some structure and guidance in giving up your dependency on your phone, then this is probably the book for you. You can buy it HERE.

 

{I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links, which means I recieve a small commission when you shop from my link.}