What’s it like for me to transition into a new home, a new job, a new church and a new state? Here are my first impressions of my new life in Sonoma…
- It’s frostier than I imagined. I’m glad I didn’t give away my fleece coats and shells. I went running this week and it was 32 degrees. Burr.
- It’s friendlier that I imagined. People around town smile easy and engage willingly in conversation. But I did move from the caffeine capital of the world to one of the greatest wine-producing areas of the world, and that might have something to do with the smiles I’m seeing.
- It’s more beautiful than I imagined. My previous exposure to California prior to this was driving a van with my family down I-5 to Disneyland. Unlike the flat and open central valley, Sonoma has rolling hills (they call them mountains), a different microclimate around each hill, and a lot of great recreational options—we’ve received many recommendations and we can’t wait to explore them.
- I’m shedding more than I imagined. I moved from an affluent culture loaded with expectations, entitlement, and stress. And I absorbed some of that. But if I’m honest, I tend to place unrealistic expectations on myself–expectations that Jesus does not place on me. I suspect that comes from the sinful bent we all have to justify ourselves. Thankfully, God does that work of justification. And now I’m shedding my stuff that gets in the ways of growing into the freedom Jesus won.
Transitions are full of possibilities, and the life I’ve entered will be different, but if first impressions are telling, then it’s going to be a wonderful life.