^^at my Aunt's home in Vermont- one of my most favorite places in the world
I'm down at my parents' house for the week and boy, it is HOT. There have been times Hank and I have thought "hmm...maybe it would be nice to live in Phoenix," but then I actually spend some time in the heat and I don't know if I could do it. The mild winters almost make up for it, but overall I think it would definitely take some getting used to. Although it's funny- my family and I moved to Arizona when I was in junior high and I spent about 6 years in the desert heat until I moved up north for college, and I don't recall ever being super uncomfortable in the high temperatures (it can get up to 115º+ down here!).
I've been thinking about this though, because one of my best girlfriends is moving away to Chicago and we're having a going away party for her this weekend, so the topic of calling other/new places home has been on my mind. I absolutely love where we live, as evidenced by how much I talk about it, but I often wonder if there are other places we could happily call home. Hank's traveled the US many times and visited almost every state, and he has always said how much he loves Prescott but that he could also see himself living in the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii. As for me, I could see us living in our small town forever, but I think I would also love living in a small lake or beach town. After growing up by the Jersey Shore I'd say that's the major thing I miss living here in Arizona- it makes me sad sometimes that our kids won't grow up swimming in the ocean all summer long.
Another place I could see us calling home is Vermont. My Aunt lives in Shelburne, which is one of my favorite places, and Hank and I both fall in love a little more everytime we go. It's such a special place, and to me just exudes such a happy, earthy vibe I can't help but want to immerse myself in. Other places I love: in and around Salem, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and upstate New York. Noticing an East Coast theme?
It's funny though, as fun as it is to daydream about other places I'm not sure if I would ever want to leave where we live now. It's pretty perfect for us, and I think I would always be searching for someplace just like it. You never know what the future holds, but I do think when you have a good thing it's best to hold onto it- the grass might not always be greener, right?
So how about you? Where do you live, and could you see yourself living there forever? Do you have certain places in your mind that you could see yourself calling home? And are you someone who could live in the same place your whole life, or do you like to change it up now and again? Feel free to chime in below- can't wait to hear your thoughts. xoxo