I am past due in sharing photos of my redesigned life. So far in the almost 6 weeks I have lived here I have established a home and friends. I have recreated my way of eating. I have a library card and a bus pass. Still I can sometimes feel discombobulated. Less than a year ago I had not yet visited New Zealand and I was harvesting cucumbers in my garden after work. Sarah had just returned from Colorado Springs with a bike and an interest in Bike and Build. Tevis was working at SourceN and living during the week in San Jose. Now I live in St Heliers, Auckland, New Zealand.
Here is a film clip of my home:
It has everything I need and is situated in the loveliest of villages just 20 minutes from the central city by bus. This is the view from the bottom of Benbow Street on St Heliers Bay Road looking into the village and the bay beyond.
And here is a close up of the village with the beloved library, 4 bakeries, a butcher, 2 travel agents, 4 realty offices, 2 bookstores, and everything else I need. Just up the hill is St. Philips Anglican Church. I could move somewhere else if a job required it; however, I feel more grounded by centering here and I hope I stay.
I am only able to make such a dramatic change by being really open--to new experiences, people and places. At the same time, it can sometimes feel like being at sea.
Putting down roots and staying open.