November 30th was a day of change for me. It was my last day at work at a job that I have had for the past 4+ years, and my last day in the home that I have lived in for the past year and have shared with a dear friend. I am taking the month of December off before moving to Paris and starting school. Although leaving my friends and my home is a bit bittersweet, having this much time off feels amazing. I find myself smiling for no apparent reason and I am truly, deeply happy.
I have not had a month off in roughly 15 years, not since I was a teenager. I spent the first week pretty much sleeping. I don’t think I realized just how burnt I’ve been. Between a stressful job, moving, applying to the schools and then all the paperwork once I got in, and trying to learn French, I’ve been busier over the past 6 months than I have ever been before. All of this has been positive but the result was a week long stupor. This week, however, I have moved past pure exhaustion and have had time for friends and for saying goodbye to some of the places that are dear to me in California. Yesterday, I went out to West Marin for crab, oysters, and a huge goodbye to this beautiful place that I love. These are some of the photos that I took while I was out there. Although I am sad to say goodbye, I open myself up to this new future and to all the adventures that are to come. I embrace this change willingly and with an open heart.
Crab Cakes at Nick’s Cove
Hog Island Oyster Shack