Moving to the Valley of the Sun

Sometimes in life, the hardest decisions are also the scariest. I have always lived my life on the safe side and never really take a lot of risks for the fear of failure. But, on the other side of that coin comes not really living life or taking chances that could turn into something absolutely wonderful. That said, I am happy to announce that my blog and life are taking a turn to the East in the Valley of the Sun, as I can now call myself a resident of Phoenix, Arizona. 

A few months ago I came out to Arizona for the first time to visit with several friends and fate would have it that I met a wonderful contact that works for a non-profit in Phoenix. The power of networking is real, even when you think you are not really networking at the time. Several years back, I had a couple of interviews with non-profits in San Diego and it always came down to me and another candidate for the position, so when I was offered an interview with this non-profit in Phoenix, I thought 'why not'? The worst thing I could do was not actually apply for the position. So I sent over my resume to the contact I had made and hoped to at least hear back a 'thanks, but no thanks'. 

Well, three interviews later, I got an offer to work for the non-profit. A flurry of emotions washed over me; happiness, fear and a little sadness. I had been feeling for a while that I was at a crossroads professionally and having this opportunity come up came at a perfect time. Many tears were shed by friends and family members alike, but in my heart I knew that this scary move across the desert would be a good thing for me. I have been working hard to make myself a priority and this job would be fulfilling a dream I thought was unattainable back in San Diego. 

Two amazing friends offered to help me move across the desert right at the end of a heat wave in Phoenix (literally every one has asked me why I moved in 115 degree heat). I am forever in their debt and incredibly grateful for their willingness to help me and I hope some day I can repay their favor. I have crossed paths with some amazing people on my time in this earth and knowing I have people who care so deeply for me just warms my heart. 

Once the weather is cooler, expect to see quite a few new posts of some bucket list hikes and camping trips I want to tackle (hello Grand Canyon and Sedona, Megan is coming your way). I am excited to expand my cooking as I am living on my own out here, and some of my pictures may not be the same quality as I am in the market for a new camera. I am getting my bearings of the city and navigating a different way of living, but I promise that I am always here and will be doing a lot of posts shortly. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along my journey, and I look forward to bringing new posts about my healthy lifestyle out here in Arizona and the changes coming my way. 

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce

Avocado Tuna Salad

Avocado Tuna Salad