Running in San Diego

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San Diego has been absolutely gorgeous. The weather here is perfect for running. It’s remarkably warm for early February, but it’s a very pleasant, crisp warm with a cool breeze.

You actually want to go outside and run. I can’t get over it. It’s incredible. Leaving San Antonio really makes me realize how brutally humid it was there.

Before I ran during the day in San Antonio, I had to psyche myself up: “Okay! I’m ready to be miserable!”

Here, it’s just beautiful. All I want to do is go outside.

I’ve been enjoying running in San Diego. There are lots of parks, and running by the water is quite scenic.

San Diego Meetup

We had around a dozen people at the San Diego seanwes meetup. It was a lot of fun! We had some great conversations and got to see a couple of old friends too.

Visiting Family and Flying to California

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We got to spend a few days with family before flying to California.

I am the oldest of 13 kids. Eight of them still live at home.

During the days when I visit, I like to go on walks with my younger brother, Stephen. He’s eight years old and 12th in the lineup. We have some good conversations. He’s a smart kid.

I haven’t had much time to get to know Stephen. He was born after I had already moved out and gotten married. Not long after he was born, my family moved to Dallas, and we only get to visit a few times per year.

Stephen thinks the sabbatical idea is pretty cool, but he wishes I would just stay with him instead of travel so he can see me more often.

The Dallas meetup went well. It was great to finally meet the editor of my first book in person. Blake, you’re awesome.

We’re just getting settled into our place here in San Diego. I’ll share more about that in the coming days. I’ll also talk about some of the travel hacking we’re doing at some point (credit card points and things), as well as our backpacks and how we’re packing.

Moving & Meetups

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We are just a few days away from moving out of our house and officially beginning our sabbatical year. That means I also have only a few days left to sleep in my own bed with my own pillow. I’ll miss that.

The nerves are starting to kick in. Are we really doing this??

Well, we booked a storage unit today, and our lease on the house is up soon—oh, and our internet, water, and electricity are all shutting down… so I guess we really are!

It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. Randomly, I’ll feel a little anxious, but I think that makes sense; what we’re doing isn’t exactly normal. I think it’s nervous excitement. Maybe a little restlessness, actually. We originally planned to be out January 1st, so I’ve been itching to go for weeks!

Messy office - “This is fine.”

My office is taking a lot of work to pack up. It’s just so complicated with all the gear and wiring. I’m also resisting the urge to shove everything into a box like spaghetti. I’m taking my time and trying to organize things neatly so I’ll actually be able to put it back together in 2021.

I’m super excited for the Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles meetups happening in the next few weeks!