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In a few days, I am heading down to Tampa Florida to investigate jobs and schools. I am seeing if it is a good fit to move to. My heart is saying “yes!” It is emphatic. There are so many unknowns that this is probably one of the most challenging times in terms of staying grounded and present in my body. However I am doing a surprisingly good job of it.
Previously I had considered moving to California for grad school. Several factors have turned my attention toward Florida including my spiritual teacher living there (when he is not traveling with a busy teaching schedule). Plus I have a number of friends from previous Buddhist retreats who live in or near Tampa.
I keep hearing that Tampa is the lightning capital of the U.S. So that plus tornados, hurricanes and gators makes it a precarious place to live apparently. But 4 million people seem to do just fine. Then there is the heat for a few months which many people talk about avoiding if at all possible!
But then my other option (was) is California which, after my recent visit this July, seems to be the driest area in the country. Seriously – how is it that 50 million people live in what in nearly a vast desert? Where is all that water coming from and how are they getting away with taking it? 🙂 Maybe Nevada doesn’t care.
As I am in the midst of moving, I can barely make plans for Florida other than to plan my trip. I do intend to look for jobs and to visit at least 3 schools to see if Nursing or an MSW is the right path for me. I will need to establish residency there before starting school, so I have to hurry up and wait. Ugh! But I am excited about this fresh start. Yes I have some friends and acquaintances down there but I can basically be whoever I want. I will keep you posted.
Thanks for reading.