Exiting City Life

In January 2014, I was diagnosed with a pretty ugly case of shingles. It was some of the worst pain that I have been through. Worse than breaking my wrist snowboarding and my friends still talk about that day (I was not 'happy Gina'). I’ll spare you all the details, but since then it has been a tough year physically and mentally. It has been a year of growth. A year of pushing through. A year of wanting more. A year of changing perspective. 

So when January 2015 came around, I REALLY wanted to make this year MY year. I made a list of “resolutions” which I like to call my intentions. I was tired of coming up against a lot of challenges that I felt were beyond my control that I chose to shift my mindset (an ongoing life process) and wish for something better. Something healthy. Something fulfilling. Something that was a step up from 2014. 

I have so many goodies on this list but the one I want to share with you today is my intention of leaving San Francisco at least one a month.

I feel that so many of you can relate to this and are like, “YES!” While others question, “Why would you leave this vibrant city? There is so much to do."

Here’s the thing.

I have lived in San Francisco for 11 years. 

I am seeing the amazing growth of this city but also missing what I once knew. 

I am an introvert stuck in an extrovert’s body. 

I am experiencing a time in my life where I am giving myself permission to slow down. 

All of these things are pushing me in a direction of exploring something new at a slow pace that grounds me and allows me to reset. And, I love it! You guys, it feels so good. There are weekends when I am ready to go and uber excited and then there are weekends that it seems like a bit of a hassle to pack up and shift gears. But in the end, it is always so worth it and that is what I always remember. 

Here is what Max and I have been up to in the last five months. 

January - Esalen Institute, Big Sur

February - Hiking, Mount Tamalpais

March - Indian Springs, Calistoga 

April - Home, Rohnert Park 

May -  Pelican Inn, Muir Beach 

Esalen Institue // Photo Credit: Max Maloney 

Matt Davis Trail, Mount Tamalpais // Photo Credit: Max Maloney 

Indian Springs


Pelican Inn

Pelican Inn

There are no rules to this intention. Whatever feels right, we go with. We don’t have to stay overnight anywhere, We don’t have to drive or fly x amount of miles. We don’t have to chase the sun. We just need to let our bodies settle. We need to completely exhale the rush and buzz of the city and just BE. 

"Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for." - Unknown