Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is This Real Life?

Sit in that six-lane backed up traffic
Horns are honking, I've about had it
I'm looking for an exit sign
Gotta get out of here, get it all off my mind
And like a memory from your grandpa's attic
A song comes slippin' through the radio static
Changing my mood
A little George Strait 1982

And it makes me wanna take a back road
Makes me wanna take the long way home
Put a little gravel in my travel
Unwind, unravel all night long
Makes me wanna grab my honey
Tear down some two-lane country
Who knows
Get lost and get right with my soul
Makes me wanna take
Makes me wanna take a back road.

I've been cooped up, tied down, 'bout forgotten
What a field looks like, full of corn and cotton
If I'm gonna hit a traffic jam,
Well it better be a tractor man
So sick and tired of this interstate system
I need a curve and wind-a-twistin'
Dusty path to nowhere
With the wind blowing through my baby's hair
Take a Backroad - Rodney Atkins

Six months ago, whenever this song came on the radio, I would cry. I was commuting an hour or more each way to a job I didn't like; I had somewhere to be every single night after work; I didn't get enough sleep; I didn't exercise; I had no time to do anything I wanted. All of my commitments were things I didn't want to cut out though, so I felt stuck. I was leading Young Life, and the coordinator for that school, I was part of a bible study, I wanted a social life, and to spend time with my extended family. None of those things are anything to get rid of, but they all take up time, and in my case it was taking all of my time.


Today as I drove to the post office, I literally got teary eyed thinking, "WOW.. this is real life!". I had country music blasting, the windows down, sun shining, breeze blowing, not a car in sight as I overlooked the valley and saw the ocean in the distance. All I could do was tell myself - I actually live here. This is my real life. I am sooooooo happy!

So I took some pictures to share :) And, I love visitors. 

All photos from my iPhone; all photos unedited - if you can believe that.

See the grocery store way down there?!

Just imagine what this looked like in person. Breathtaking.
Weeeee! [ok maybe this one is a little edited]

Bottom Line: I am BLESSED!


BeckyJo606 said...

How wonderful!! Your pictures are amazing... So glad you have a job you love!! :)

Katie said...

what a happy post! and beautiful pictures! god is good!

Kara said...

How exciting! Right now I'm in a weird spot of life. I took this year off of school to get instate tuition and it's just so boring. I work full time in fast food, which obviously sucks. I'm just waiting for that next phase in my life because I know it's going to be awesome!

Jami's Delish Kitch said...

Katie how great that you can finally say that! Many people live everyday and hate their job and what they do. You truelly are blessed that you finally took a stance and made a change! What an inspiration you are :)

Breanna bloomquist said...

I am SOOO glad you love where you live!! I cannot wait to visit! Hopefully after summertime so we can go into San Diego and have a girls night! :-) love you friend!

the lovebirds said...

i love that feeling of having something so great make you wonder if you are living in reality! what a cute blog. xo

Ruthie Hart said...

I love that you are getting so much fulfillment out of LIFE itself!! Such a beautiful thing Katie!

Molly Jac said...

Aww I'm so glad you are happy now :) Crazy how a change can "change" everything in such a positive way. These pictures are gorgeous and I want to visit you like....yesterday!

Lisa @ MMT said...

Loving this post Katie! Wow, where you live looks so peaceful and beautiful! I am so glad you are no longer living in a stressful environment and found a happy place in life.

Jamie said...

I am SO happy for you, and all of the blessings God has put in your life. The beauty that surrounds you must be such an amazing reminder of how God is everywhere.

andrea brionne said...

what an amazing sunset! i would have loved to see it in person :)

Meg {henninglove} said...

it is amazing how God changes things and He was definitely taking care of you getting you out of that awful job situation. so happy He brought you to California we could connect and meet up!