To be totally honest, this post isnâ€™t what Iâ€™d planned on sharing this week but Iâ€™m sitting here between a Palm Springs sandwich of sorts. We just sent the March issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine to print yesterday which has an 11 page feature of my vow renewal photographed in Palm Springs but I canâ€™t share it quite yet. And then, Iâ€™ve been hard at work on a travel guide dedicated to the city but itâ€™s not quite finished â€” and I donâ€™t believe in half-assing anything, especially when it comes to my adopted home away from home.
Instead of feeling frustration, I started thinkingâ€¦.and remembered that weâ€™d shot a fourth look the day of the vow renewal. There was an open 10 minute span of time after Iâ€™d changed out of my wedding dress. The sun was shining after an overcast morning and I felt a sense of relief since the photos weâ€™d needed for the magazine were done. I changed into something less confining â€”a very mod, citrusy striped dress from ASOS and walked around the corner from our rented house.
The cacti were taller than I was and I draped my Kate Spade license plate bag around one of them. It was a Monday but time stood still. â€œThis is where I want to be,â€ I thought to myself.
Iâ€™ve been very vocal about my love of Palm Springs since I first visited four years ago and set a goal by the end of this year to buy something, anything in town.
Joey and I have a meeting with the bank at the end of the month to see where we stand. When I left the comforts of a full-time job and started working for myself three years ago in an all-or-nothing move, I knew that Iâ€™d have to work harder than I ever had before and made a pact with myself so I didnâ€™t burn out under the weight of it all. There had to be a bigger goal to strive towards, beyond just building a business. There had to be a way to have a tiny vacation spot, a place to go and â€œretireâ€ to for two weeks at a time.
I didnâ€™t want to wait until I was 60 or older to feel the relief and the relaxation that comes with being able to wind down after a career. Instead, I set a goal of 35. I never saw myself as the type that would ever need a permanent escape from my job, anyway. I just knew I would need breaks here and there to recharge.
Right now, weâ€™re going back and forth between whether we should buy a small condo that doesnâ€™t need much work or a total fixer-upper of a house that needs to be completely torn apart and remodeled. Joey has remodeled most of our Portland house himself and loves the art of transformation so weâ€™re leaning towards the latter. I donâ€™t know how things will turn out but Iâ€™ll let you know what happens.
This phase of my life is definitely taking on a â€œchoose your own adventureâ€ vibe. Each choice will entail a different path. Itâ€™s a little nerve-wracking but also really exciting. Iâ€™m ready.
Now, itâ€™s your turn: Whereâ€™s your happy place? What’s that one place youâ€™ve traveled to or want to visitâ€¦.and wouldnâ€™t mind living?
Photos: Made U Look.