Being a mom in one of the busiest and fast growing areas in Florida, is challenging.
As much, as I would love to say it’s always Micky Ears and Parades.
That’s just simply not the case.
After Highschool, and before kids, I moved to Orlando and I thought that there was nothing better. See I could not wait to get out of my little home town and move to the city, and that is exactly what I did the very moment that I could. I loved it! I was on cloud nine, I could come and go as I wanted, there where so many places to go, to see, to visit so diffrent than my hometown, like I was in a whole diffrenet world….excatly how I had imaged it would be.
To be honest, I never really felt like I fit in my home town, I always felt out-of-place, like I didn’t belong, or like something was missing. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. When I moved to Orlando I had this weird sense that I was just home. I was happy, and content.
Fast forward a little later, I had to move back home for a few years….
In that time, I had my oldest son, then his father and I split…I thought I would never leave, how was I going to pack up and move to this busy place with a child, and really at the time there was no way I could leave my mom.
Fast forward even more, and in came my husband, who was from Orlando.
What are the odds right?
After my mom passed I felt nothing was grounding me there, I had no reason to stay, I wanted more out of life than that little town (which I still adore in its own way) had to offer, I wanted more opportunities for my children…. for myself.
We basically sold everything we had, packed our clothes, and our family, and set out on a journey that we had no idea what was ahead.
I would be lying if I said it has always been easy, if I said it was easy now.
Bigger city, more people, all that great comes with some bad, and danger and situations I’m not use to having, being consiosis more often when I leave my home with my children and head out to big world.
When we first moved here, it was tough we had two boys, and no jobs lined up. We both went to work in dead-end places, doing things we hated, living somewhere we hated just to provide. I did however ended up getting some good job oppertinues that I will always feel grateful for, and am so glad I had, Managing a 5 Star Restaurant in down town Orlando might me the highlight of my resume’ (…..& my ego)
But three years later, we are in a home that just feels like home, we have added our beautiful daughter to our family, my husband works for the state of Florida, and I get to raise my babies, fuel my passion of writing this blog, ….& make money from home.
(Ryleigh’s First 4th of July at our HOME)
I can’t tell you it’s all sunshine (I mean it is the sunshine state, so there is a lot) and rainbows, we are still learning to survive here, we are still trying to make our lives something…
I can say that I am grateful for being here, and as I sit in a Starbucks in the middle of my little sunburn city on the outskirts of Orlando I just feel happy, I feel like home….
Making the decision to come back here, has been challenging and the best choice we’ve made…
While change can be scary, and can be hard…. If you never take a leap you may never know what you’re missing..
With Love and Coffee,
Stay tuned for my list of the top 10 things to do in Central Florida, that don’t require a theme park…