Two summers ago, I interned on Capitol Hill for my favorite California Congressman. Everything about that summer was exciting! I toured the White House on my birthday, experienced Jazz in the Gardens, took morning runs through the National Mall, and checked out D.C.’s local brunch scene on the weekends. Most importantly, I lived with my sorority sisters and easily made many more friends at my internship, through my sorority sisters, and, oddly enough, on the metro. Since moving here, I imagined that Will and I would immediately have a group of friends. I did it two summers ago. Why not now?
I work from home, which makes it a bit harder to meet people (my team doesn’t do “remote” happy hours). Also, making fast friends is easy, but making lasting relationships takes time. Still, this wasn’t a comforting thought last week when, as I was scrolling through Instagram and thinking about my friends back home, I got a little sad thinking of the friendships I left behind. Most of my friends are together on the West Coast, and, if they aren’t in the same city, at least they are in the same time zone.
“Why are we so far away?” I started to complain to Will. [Side note: Will’s going to medical school, which is why we live here.]
“Babe, the grass always looks greener on the other side, but trust me. It’s not,” he told me.
I knew he was right, but it took a little guidance to help me see our new home and this big city in a positive light. I thought of the saying “the grass is greener where you water it” and decided that would be my motto as we jumped into fall. I knew the best way to counteract any negative thoughts was to write down all of the things I am thankful for in our new home (Will obviously being at the top of the list). The friends we have here we actually made back in California, but I am thankful we get to put more time into those relationships (shout out to Eva, Erin, and David!). Surprisingly, many of our family and friends have either already visited or plan to visit soon. In fact, my mom is back for trip #2 this week! It’s fun how, when you make the effort to be positive, things really do start looking up. In addition to my new gratitude list, we also agreed to try a little extra harder this week to make friends and you know what? We did!
We went to a new church (Grace DC) on Sunday, the fourth we’ve visited since moving here in mid-July, and were not only impressed with the sermon (using your spiritual gifts to serve and love) but also with the people we met. We are praying that these acquaintances blossom into new friendships, but even if they don’t, we’ll continue to be proactive in our search for community. After church, we went to Trader Joe’s to buy the world’s teeny tiniest pumpkin and then hopped on over to Georgetown (home!) to take pictures.
In collaboration with Fit Approach, I had the opportunity to wear a few of my favorite pieces from prAna’s fall line. I opted for this Mattea Sweater in black and their best-selling Kara Jean in cargo green. While I didn’t wear my cozy sweater to church, you can bet it was the first thing I put on once we returned home!
I dressed up my Kara Jeans with a flowy top and booties. These pants are so comfy! I LOVE the green and felt that they fit my new motto and outlook on life. It was a perfect day in Georgetown, and the charming house and ivy scaling brick walls made me realize how beautiful D.C. really is. The grass or, in this case, the ivy really is greener where you water it. I think I’ll start in my own backyard.
What’s your fall motto? How are you living out this season of thankfulness? Let me know in the comments below!
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Now let me get back to snuggling with my Mattea sweater. 😉
The Daring Darling