Very few places can steal my heart
I have a wandering heart when it comes to places to live, the proof is in the fact that I move every year and for a very long time I have not loved the city I lived in. I was there for location of my job, my family, my commitments.
Over the past couple of years I have begun asking myself what if I find a city and a place I love and I build my life around that.
At 48 years old I know what I want:
Beautiful surroundings * For me that includes somewhere within 15 minutes I can get to a country road where the land is untouched for miles. The ultimate place would be overlooking or within walking distance of a body of water. A river, the ocean or a beautiful lake.
A sense of safety
A sense of community * People looking out for one another , supporting each other, supporting the community they live in.
A slower pace * I am tired of the race to everything, I have been doing it my entire life and while there was a sense of purpose to it when the kids were growing up, there is no purpose left in that life style for me. I want to savor the little things, the moments, the beauty . For me this comes with a list of I would rather:
I would rather have a picnic in the park than visit a fancy restaurant
I would rather have a cup of coffee on a friends deck than at a busy coffee shop
I would rather buy my vegetables from a farmers market than a grocery store and support a local artist than buy anything from a chain department store
I would rather listen to a concert by the river on a summer night to some band I have never heard before than go to some event in the city and listen to someone I can hear on the radio
I would rather get stuck driving behind a tractor than sitting on a freeway in rush hour
I would rather sit overlooking a natural body of water than sit by a pool anywhere
I would rather attend a play put on by a local theatre or college than go to a movie
I am tired of crowds and city’s built around shopping centers, I don’t want to look at a city scape, I want to look at a nature scape.
I found my destination city this weekend it fits my list and exceeds it .
I hope you enjoy my photo tour of the Chippewa Valley / Eau Claire WI area. It has stolen my heart.
How to spend your Saturday Morning:
How to spend your afternoon:
How to spend your evening: Great friends, a beautiful deck , wonderful conversation as the day comes to an end.
In the morning: Always take the long scenic way back , take the side roads and softly whisper goodbye :
I miss the life that moved at the pace of your heart beating instead of the race against the clock.
***Have you ” found your place”, the place that makes your heart happy, the place you call home? If so, where is it? Do you live there now, or is there a plan in your future to be there? Did you choose to be there or end up there by accident. Share a picture, share your story, I would love to hear it!