Homeless and Unemployed Never Felt So Good

Vanessa Larson

Vanessa Larson

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.

 

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Oyster’s at Nick’s Cove
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Crab Cakes at Nick’s Cove

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Tomales Bay

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Tomales Bay

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West Marin

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Hog Island Oyster Shack

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West Marin

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Shucking Oysters

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