Durable Happiness (R)

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  1. I can so relate to this post. I am so happy where I live. But, I have a feeling I could be happy anywhere. I could find beauty and wonderful things wherever I ended up. But, here is best. Everything is varied and amazing and nearby. Thanks for making me appreciate it even more.

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  2. Your posts always catch me off guard, in a good way. I am Goldilocks, I;ll admit it, and so tired. My husband and I just decided to make our third leap (this one the farthest and most to lose) in 4 yrs. More to lose, so much more to gain. I think, this time, we are righting the path to durable happiness. I have a professor husband as well. With how much they give to their job, students, research, they must enjoy the view. Great post.

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    1. I want to know more about how this caught you off guard – it feels like there’s a story there. And yes, there is always so much to leave behind, but so much potential ahead of you. Where are y’all off to?

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      1. Hi Andrea,
        It caught me off guard because I was expecting to read a great story, all your writing is great. I wasn’t expecting the story to be so parallel in many ways to my life. I read this as my husband was saying yes to a new job in a new place, a place that we see as potentially opening to the durable happiness we have longed to feel!
        We lived in Fairbanks Alaska for 6 years and left after my husband finished his Ph.D. to start a job in southern california. We were full of hope and excitement, and so naive! We had two boys soon after the move, our life went from adventure and exploration to stationary and strapped. We tried moving within southern california, last year and have found a very unique neighborhood in the foothills, the community here is great and we love our house. BUT, everything around us, the traffic, 100 degree heat, tons of people, sub-par lackluster schools, and everyone in your business job make it only feel right when we are “hiding” up in our tree house. So now we are selling our house we just bought a year ago and moving to Arcata, CA in northern california 25 miles from Redwoods National Park. A lot to lose but SO MUCH to gain. And so, your words were really just an affirmation for me that I am going to do everything in my power to make this a reality and continue to strive for durable happiness! Thank you.

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      2. I hesitated about reposting this one because I don’t want to overdo it with the reruns, but I’m so glad I did. Your new life seems destined for durable happiness!

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  3. I know well of this “durable happiness.” In 1994, I moved from a lifetime as a city girl, to a beautiful rural valley near Santa Barbara, California. Now a day goes by that I don’t marvel at my good fortune to live in a place that fills me with joy from morning to night. The heart knows when it’s home.

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  4. I love this! Especially the reminder to be content with what you have, to marvel at your good fortune. Too often in our society, we do the opposite. I’ll keep this post in mind, and I think my hubby and I have a shot at durable happiness here too.
    Your description of the mountains- “broccoli forest” is lovely! Isn’t it amazing how the trees look so different depending on the temperature/ humidity/ light? Sometimes very close, so you can see the texture, and sometimes a hazy green.

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