From East Coast 2 West Coast

From East Coast 2 West Coast

Welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

So here it is. The journey I’ve been anxiously/regrettably/stressfully waiting for. The moment where I take a 10 hour flight from sunny South Florida to a far less sunny–downright gray and depressing–Oregon. What awaits is uncertainty and obligations. But in the midst of all that is a little hope. ‘Cus what’s man without hope?

Palm trees @ the beaches of Fort Lauderdale
Palm trees @ the beaches of Fort Lauderdale

Those are a given with any change {fear, uncertainty}, especially a change for the pursuance of education. But there’s a determination in me to finish school and finally get my degree.

I deserve it.

All these years of school.

All that hard work.

Passing my math classes with A’s and B’s–a huge feat, let me tell you. Because I.Suck.At.Math. Ask me what 8 X 7 is. It’ll take roughly five minutes for me to produce the wrong answer; and an additional two to get it right.

You can see now, can’t you? You can see how I worked damn hard for those A’s and B’s.

South Florida Beach: Still beautiful, even on a rainy day.
South Florida Beach: Still beautiful, even on a rainy day.

Crossing my fingers and hoping it all works out. For anyone undergoing a big change in their lives, I’m right there with you; feeling your stress, your grief, your “I don’t want to do it” mentality. I don’t know a single person who “likes” change. But it’s one of the few certainties in life, and if you face this head on, you’ll grow stronger as a person.

A colorful outcome to a rainy morning in Oregon. Kind of made three hours walking around in the rain worth it. Kind of.
A colorful outcome to a rainy morning in Oregon. Kind of made three hours walking around in the rain worth it. Kind of.

Let’s get super cliched for a minute: what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

This is why cliches never die. They ring impressive truth.

If you’ve done something you were afraid to do…and you ain’t dead…then today you’re a stronger person. Now hold your head high, and with pride.

I grieve over my final days in South Florida–but I look hopefully toward the good that’s to come {if I make it happen} in Oregon.

~Live Well!

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