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.



Oyster’s at Nick’s Cove

Crab Cakes at Nick’s Cove


Tomales Bay


Tomales Bay


West Marin


Hog Island Oyster Shack


West Marin


West MarinIMG_1647

Shucking Oysters


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