The thought of "home" has been on my mind lately. I have a German birth certificate, a Colorado drivers license, and a California license plate. My family lives in Oklahoma, my boyfriend lives in Colorado, and my mailing address and most of my stuff is in California - so I suppose California is home, technically. Next week I venture back to Oklahoma to see my family and attend my 10 year high-school reunion. I am excited to be "home." Lately I have struggled figuring out where I belong and wondering where I should invest my heart and my time. Being connected in so many places has the tendency to leave us feeling disconnected all together. This is not something only I feel because I travel so much. Don't you feel it to? You take care of family in the morning, you work during the day, you see your friends on Saturday, you may attend church on Sunday, and you are many places in between. Most of the time when we are in one of these locations we are thinking about something in another - we are at work thinking about the weekend.
I am realizing more and more that silly little quote rings true - home is where the heart is - and my heart is in many different places right now. And that is OK! The feeling of discontentment comes from not allowing ourselves to be ok with our heart being in different places at once. Maybe you find yourself all over the place - spread a little thin. Let me encourage you - be present. Let your heart dive in wherever you are at the moment. Embrace home wherever it may be at this time. If you have lived in the same place your whole life, be there and enjoy it. If everyone you know is spread out, embrace the diversity and put in the work to make the connections where you can. And no matter where you are - explore.
If you're always dreaming of far away places, find something to explore close to home. It could be 30 minutes away or 3 hours but go see something new and learn about that little place you call home - wherever that may be. Even if you don't feel you live in the most interesting place, I guarantee there is something you haven't seen. This summer we had the chance to explore Half Moon Bay, Yosemite, and Point Reyes - all within 1-3 hours of my house. No fancy plan. No spread sheet. Just my little Jeep and a destination. I would love to hear from you about where you live and what fun and interesting things there are to explore around you! Find the contact me link at the bottom of the home page and let me know about your home!