Starting Over Again or Living Where I Live

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I am starting my blog over again.

I have discovered I needed to change direction.

Me and My Boyfriend

I have decided to live where I live.

No big deal. Right?

I am going to discover my life. Where I live, how I live, who I live with and what lives inside me.

I am a snob.

I grew up in Newport Beach. I loved living there. I really never left. I love the beach. I love beach people. I love beach restaurants. I love summer. My husband moved us to Escondido (Inland) for one year, 35 years ago. I should of caught on sooner that we weren’t going back to Newport Beach.  Every chance I got I would head to the coast. If I couldn’t go to Newport, I would head to Carlsbad or Del Mar or Oceanside. Lunch or Shop or Just Live! My passion is VINTAGE EVERYTHING!!! I have had 3 antique booths in recent years, all at the coast. One in Solana Beach, one in Carlsbad and one in Oceanside. Now all closed.

Kenneth J Lane Necklace
Har Bracelet

I live in Escondido. I have to start living in Escondido. When and where did I have this epiphany? Simple. Really simple.  It happened on the 78 Eastbound at 4:00pm on a Tuesday. The traffic was going no where fast. It gave me time to reflect on some of my life choices. It took me an hour and twenty minutes to get home the exact same time it used to take me to drive to Newport. I had just finished working at my booth in Carlsbad.  I wasn’t doing financially well there. It wasn’t their fault. I rarely went. I wasn’t excited. I wasn’t part of their community. I wasn’t part of any community.  This isn’t home, this isn’t where I live.

I live in Escondido and I need to start living and find my community. If they

Urban Barn
404 E. Grand Ave
Escondido CA

will have me. This epiphany happened right before Christmas. I made the conscious decision to do all my Christmas shopping in Escondido. I started with small independent stores and discovered all these great stores. I work in Escondido at a beautiful store called Canterbury Gardens. I worked there for 30 years. It is an independent store too. I work where I live but I never really committed to my community. This blog is going to be about everything but mostly about connecting with my surroundings, the handmade, the repurposing, the reliving, the reset button in my life.

The next step has been that I have opened a small antique booth and jewelery case at Urban Barn. I have been there about 6 weeks and I love it.  The Urban Barn is fabulous and such a fun place to be. And the Urban Barn is Escondido. 5 minutes from my house I am going all the time. Talking to people. Getting involved.  My husband is helping me too!! Which has been great!! And guess what?? I don’t have to worry about getting on the freeway.

Escondido doesn’t have a beach but I am really looking forward to living here.

My journey begins.

Cindy


7 thoughts on “Starting Over Again or Living Where I Live

  1. I understand completely. I’m here I fullerton taking care of my Down’s syndrome cousin. In the family home that has always been a home to me. But, I had moved to Oklahoma and parts of Oklahoma are home to me now. My one true place I miss is oceanside. Raising my girls there and living there for 25 years. Being away from the ocean makes life unbalanced. But. Your epiphany was a good thing. We will feel happier and more balanced if we choose to LIVE where we LIVE.

    • Dear Judy,
      Thank you for taking time to respond to my blog. I love Oceanside too. The ocean heals my soul too. I hope to find that same energy and healing spirit closer to Escondido. I hope you have time to go Oceanside before going home Oklahoma..
      Take care,
      Cindy

  2. From one beach girl to another, yes. the ocean heals my soul, but here I am inland in Vista. Living where I live yesterday I collected eggs and fed the chickens and the dog, watered the gardens around the house, weeded, and then harvested 5 or 6 crates of fruit and vegetables to sell to Couple Berry Farm. My nails have telltale dirt in them and one or two are broken, but I felt a sense of accomplishment .
    It is different than what I projected many years ago, but those were just expectations. Expectations that get in one’s way of living with joy in the moment. I am enjoying…

    • Dear Happy,
      You are a very hard worker and Robert is so lucky to have such a great partner!! I could learn a lot from you. I always thought this was all temporary and I would go home. I am a slow learner,I am afraid. This is home. This is where I live and I want to commit to my life. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog.
      Cindy

  3. Hello and good day Cindi ,
    I like your blog , it’s cute and real , I get it completely . We never get over living in Paradise . But hey I’ve lived in some pretty nice places , Cardiff by the sea , Del Mar , Ranch Santa Fe , and of course Newport Beach , before it was called the OC .
    That was all back in the day when the beaches were sleepy and casual and afordable.
    I too live Inland for 17 years in a College town of Claremont . Claremont is Quaint and adorable , which downtown , we call it the Village.
    I’ve lived in Claremont 17 years and Ben quasi about my town , All my family are in the OC , and my friends too. So I Always did the Art fairs in a little town called Silverado Canyon . Tucked behind Saddleback Mountain . My brothers live there as well , so I thought of it as home. But Cindi like you I had a ephiny as well . I’ve decided to start up a cottage industry in my home . I’m a ceramicist by trade and water color and paint oils, California landscapes . So now I am busy getting a kiln at my home , and putting together my new studio of Art.
    Maybe it’s the season in our life that we adjusted to where we are , I don’t know , but I feel very comfortable of whom I am and become . And yes I to am a snob of upbringing and manners and where I’m from . But for now I am happy where I am , In my sleepy town of Claremont ,, I wish you the best Cindi on your new adventure into your other part of your life .
    Cindi and I have known each other since we were children .. and as both Love antiques , Vintage , Art and anything lovely and happy ,,
    Love you , Lisa. PS , I shall visit your booth next time I’m in Escondido , lunch should be in order too ,, chow and ta ta

  4. Hello and good day Cindi ,
    I like your blog , it’s cute and real , I get it completely . We never get over living in Paradise . But hey I’ve lived in some pretty nice places , Cardiff by the sea , Del Mar , Ranch Santa Fe , and of course Newport Beach , before it was called the OC .
    That was all back in the day when the beaches were sleepy and casual and afordable.
    I too live Inland for 17 years in a College town of Claremont . Claremont is Quaint and adorable , which downtown , we call it the Village.
    I’ve lived in Claremont 17 years and Ben quasi about my town , All my family are in the OC , and my friends too. So I Always did the Art fairs in a little town called Silverado Canyon . Tucked behind Saddleback Mountain . My brothers live there as well , so I thought of it as home. But Cindi like you I had a ephiny as well . I’ve decided to start up a cottage industry in my home . I’m a ceramicist by trade and water color and paint oils, California landscapes . So now I am busy getting a kiln at my home , and putting together my new studio of Art.
    Maybe it’s the season in our life that we adjusted to where we are , I don’t know , but I feel very comfortable of whom I am and become . And yes I to am a snob of upbringing and manners and where I’m from . But for now I am happy where I am , In my sleepy town of Claremont ,, I wish you the best Cindi on your new adventure into your other part of your life .
    Cindi and I have known each other since we were children .. and as both Love antiques , Vintage , Art and anything lovely and happy ,,
    Love you , Lisa. PS , I shall visit your booth next time I’m in Escondido , lunch should be in order too ,, chow and ta ta

    • Dear Lisa,
      Thanks for reading my blog! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were kids together in Newport Beach! And of course, Newport was a sleepy little beach town. Not the OC it is now. I have started up on Facebook again.It intimidates me. But, I will try to keep up. I love your veggie pictures. You made pumpkin ravioli for me from scratch and they were amazing!! I would love to see you and hear about your life. Love Cindy

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