Stay classy, San Francisco

“Are you homeless, then?” The words hung in the air for a second yesterday, as I was getting grilled by the Comcast guy as to why I was discontinuing my service.

“I’m full of homes!” I retorted. What a weird response, but lately words dance out of my mouth without permission from my brain.

And, it’s really true. Over the next two months, I have lots of homes opening up to me (including this one), thanks to amazing friends, family, and my adventurous side. I’ll be living as a wide-eyed nomad in some of my favorite cities, and in places I’ve yet to discover, one suitcase at a time.

That means saying a bittersweet ‘good bye’ to the life I’ve known in San Francisco. Today, I walked out of my adorable studio for the last time. That familiar trek up and down the steep cable-car filled streets of Nob Hill, after a long day of work, a weekend mimosa brunch, or a night of bar-hopping, is something I’ll remember fondly.

As I take a big leap into the unknown, I am nothing but thankful for the endless possibilities that this new life opens up to me. I don’t know where I’ll live, work, or play months from now, but I am perfectly okay with not knowing.

I leave you with a piece of advice that came from a very fortuitous taxi ride yesterday.

Be phenomenal 2

As I opened the yellow door, I could already tell that Hamilton was unlike any driver I’ve met in San Francisco. He was beaming with liveliness from his eyes, yet his voice and smile were calm and collected. Our conversation started with the typical, ‘how’s your day going?’ and quickly moved into sharing our philosophies on life. I mentioned the book I’ve been reading lately, ‘The Power of Now,’ to which Hamilton gave an all-knowing smile. This part-time masseuse, part-time cabby knew a thing or two about appreciating the moment and finding joy. As we pulled up to my destination, he handed me a business card with just two words printed on it, “Be phenomenal!!!”

I couldn’t help but laugh, because it was yet another example I have of life smiling on me when I open myself up to it. Ever since I quit my job in December and started sharing my honest journey through this blog, life has been a series of magical moments and authentic connections with all kinds of people, from my parents, to old colleagues, to taxi drivers like Hamilton.

Cheers to being phenomenal and a world full of possibilities.

With courage, love, and intensity,

Kristen

Photo credit: Darwin Bell / Foter.com / CC BY-NC

4 thoughts on “Stay classy, San Francisco

  1. Love this: “As I take a big leap into the unknown, I am nothing but thankful for the endless possibilities that this new life opens up to me. I don’t know where I’ll live, work, or play months from now, but I am perfectly okay with not knowing.” That’s exactly what I did earlier this year leaving DC for SF– the journey itself IS the possibility, it is a new life, and this open door leads to countless other doors opening. Thanks for being inspiring, Kristen!

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