If you don’t know where that movie line is from, look it up. Ha!
So this ends my first week and a half living in California. Many people have asked what I’ve been up to, what adventures I’ve been on, what restaurants/foods I’ve tried, etc. I honestly have not had many chances to explore and mingle with too many people outside of my immediately family and coworkers but I know all of that will come in time. I have made several observations though – here are a few:
1. It is imperative that you download the Starbucks app when working in the city.
Why? Because even though I’d be saving myself 5 bucks everyday by NOT going to Starbucks, it is pretty nice to have a supply on hand ready to scan at will because there is literally a Starbucks on every block (or at least every other block) that you can stop at. Some people in the office do a mid-morning run but on my way to the office, I like to get something even if there is a line. Something about the business of it all. I don’t know.
I noticed that everyone in line has their signature drink; the baristas know all of their drinks and verify it before they even order. So far, they’ve all been correct. I made the “mistake” of pulling out my gift card and then paying the rest on my check card; I received looks of impatience from the constantly forming line of people behind me – oops. Everyone else had the app with their registered card already loaded, scanned, left the register, and got their drink.
Most people know this already – sorry. But I have never been an avid coffee drinker unless I really need it or have a craving. Getting up at 545 in the morning has definitely created a necessity for coffee thus far.
2. A few hours out of my day is spent in transit.
I drive to the BART station. (10 minutes)
I ride the BART. (30 minutes)
I walk to my office. (10-15 minutes)
I walk to get lunch. (10 minutes)
I walk back to the BART. (10-15 minutes)
I ride the BART home. (30 minutes)
I drive back to the house. (10 minutes)
~100 minutes of transit on a good day
And this does not include times that I actually have to go get errands done, take the shuttle for different sites around the city, or even drive myself to work! Target, the grocery store, Walmart, CVS, etc. are all places of convenience but they are not that convenient to get to. I’m used to having at least 3 or 4 convenience stores within a 5 minute range every which way and Target as well as Walmart within a 10 minute drive. Everything is at least a 10-15 minutes drive away here. Yes I know, #firstworldproblems, but when you’re used to hopping in your car and getting back to the house all within 5 minutes, it’s a HUGE change!
3. Blend, blend, blend! …in. But don’t lose yourself.
Moving to a completely new state is very nerve wracking. My first day of work, I woke up early, started to get ready but then began feeling nauseated and actually threw up because I was so nervous. I was sweating like crazy and I instantly thought, this is not from God. I prayed that my nerves would be calm and that satan would be put behind me because I was not going to let him mess up this opportunity from God Himself. In saying all of that, I have been blessed that my experiences as a consultant have allowed me to adapt to my surroundings pretty much immediately without anyone thinking otherwise.
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Look down while on the Bart with your headphones in so you do not catch anyone’s eye. Walk briskly on the way to work to ensure maximum safety as well as good exercise. Even though so far I have been able to adapt well, I have the constant thought in my head to never forget who I am, where I come from, and Who has saved me. It’s pretty hard at times when you get frustrated with the business of settling in but I think of this as an opportunity to take a second, meditate, and thank God for everything He has blessed me with.
What some people may not know about me is that I am not easily swayed (anymore). Everything I have experienced in life has taught me to stand firm in my beliefs and who I am in Christ. I make these bold statements here so that when I look back on this entry, I can keep myself and others accountable.
Just because I am in a new state, I have not forgotten who I am and where I come from. Anyone who makes statements like, “…just you wait. It’ll come…” obviously does not know me very well. If you are easily swayed by others actions and words, think about it. Do you even know who you really are? Culturally yes, there are some habits I will need to adopt; but things that do not add to my character and only satisfy selfish gain? GIRL BYE. 😉
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
–1 Peter 2:9
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In closing, I have really enjoyed my time here in California so far. I am very excited to see the places He is going to bring me, what new challenges I will take on, and the new things I will experience! Stay tuned for more updates later! But with that said…I miss VA and all my people in it. ❤
Love in Him always,
p.s. The movie is Daddy Day Care for all my movie-line-buddies. LOL.