I find myself in an unfamiliar place with new people, work space and life in general. I did as much research as possible before coming to make sure it was a good fit for my lifestyle. It’s early in the game, so I am not sure if I am homesick or not.
This also leads me to the question of what place would I miss? Is it Arizona? That’s where the majority of my girlfriends reside, I owned a home there, community ,church and sorority involvement, attended graduate school and had a great career and colleagues that I left behind. It surely can’t be York, SC. While I miss my family, it’s difficult to visualize it as home because I left there at 17 years old. I knew York was not a place that I could advance professionally or personally. Arizona made me grow up and become a mature, responsible adult. I had my share of battles and lessons in The Grand Canyon State.
What is home for you? Is it the place that you were born? The city grew up in? The state you attended college? So many questions and too little answers.
Maybe home is where you create a family made of relationships, memories, experiences and physical items. One way that I create home is scents. So during my shopping excursion I found Bath and Body Works. I purchased some plugins and candles. Now every time I enter my apartment the smell makes me feel like I am home.
I love Gwyneth Paltrow’s song “Coming Home” from the movie Country Strong (that’s my country music fan sneaking out). Take the time to listen to the song and reflect on your home.
Pictures top to bottom- My home in Arizona, York and Qatar.