I made my first trip back to Oregon since moving to Los Angeles for Christmas. It was an interesting experience, having been so homesick for much of my time here in Los Angeles. I drove up to Eugene with a friend (though in separate cars), stopping in one of my favorite places, Ashland, OR, to break up the drive. A nice relaxing evening in Ashland was just what was in order after a long day on I-5. We were lucky going over the Siskiyou Pass, as if we had been another 10-15 minutes later, we’d have needed chains (which neither of us had). After a late breakfast and a walk around downtown Ashland, we headed North on I-5 to continue our treks to our respective homes.
It was good being at home, seeing my Eugene friends, dancing at 80s night. There was the typical family drama/stress…but really it was ok (I can say that now with some distance…while I was there, I was ready not visit the folks the next time I went to Oregon). Really the important thing is that I was able to see my sisters. I just have this feeling that any time now, we won’t all be able to gather as a family for the holidays.
As I look to the new year, I am still trying to settle into life in LA. I’ve been here five months now and am just really starting to find my places around here. My job is much more challenging than I ever thought it would be. I often feel as if I am over my head. I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about whether or not I’m really ready to begin the process to go to seminary. My thoughts are definitely leaning towards that I am not ready. This of course brings up the question of what do I do in meantime. Do I go back to school to teach or for law school? Do I stay in Los Angeles beyond this school year? These are the questions I’ll be trying to answer over the next few months.
That’s it for now, one of my goals for the new year is to make at least a weekly post here…so keep checking for updates 😉
I hope everyone has a great New Year!