Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blogtember: Describe Where You're From

I'm joining in with Blogtember a series of blog topics to write about throughout the month hosted by Jenni, the blogger at Story of My Life. It's been a while since I participated in a blog project. I'm feeling up for a challenge these days and curious for new inspirations. Since there are a lot of prompts and I'm already a wordy person I'm giving myself 30 minutes to write each post so please excuse any rambling. Here we go! 

Describe where or what you come from. 
The people, the places, and/or the factors that make up who you are.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of where I'm from isn't necessarily a person or place, but a feeling. The feeling of sun warming you, through skin and bones. The feeling of a cool, dewy morning before the sun takes over. The feeling of walking outside already begin to melt. The feeling of sunshine beating down on my tan skin. The feeling of warm, breezy evenings scented with orange blossoms. Like many others, sunshine really does affect my mood but I love the sun and can hardly remember complaining about the ongoing warm weather. I feel almost synchronized with everything the sun represents, summer is my favorite season, I'm a glass half full optimist who thrives on positivity and shares it daily with others. I love waking up to greet a bright, blue skied morning.

Thinking more about of my life in Florida, brings me so much warmth, not just in reference to the weather but of course, more importantly the care of my family and close friends. I had a support system like no other and was surrounded by loving, positive and inspiring people who no doubt have shaped the person and friend I am today.  I miss them, and that magical sunshine, desperately.

 Back in Florida, I was always trying to cool off, like the feeling of soaking in cool water just to get a tiny break from the heat. That overwhelming warmth has now become in some ways, thing that defines me in my expat world. Living abroad, the first question anyone answers is where you're from. Subsequently, I really am 'the girl' from the Sunshine State. Amsterdam, is a place where the sun hardly shines and as you can imagine, I'm almost always cold. With the exception of a few summer days, a trip to the sauna is about as close as I can get to that overwhelming feeling that of warmth. And lately, missing the warmth of my support system more than ever. When it comes to finding the same core group of friends and support I had back home that seems to also be a never ending search with a lot of fun hellos and many heartfelt goodbyes. Naturally, it's hard to think of Florida without getting a bit homesick and no matter where I am in the world, I'll always miss having Florida sunshine and close friends as constant part of my daily life.

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  1. Hmmm.. From where I am now, cold weather with little sunshine sounds really good to me because it is 365 days of sunny-ness here! Haha... as they always say, the grass is always greener on the other side...
    See you tmr! (⌒▽⌒)☆

  2. Lily,

    I just typed a response to your comment on my post, but I realized you don't have your email linked up when you comment.

    Yeah, it's definitely nice having almost everyone close by. Some of my family has moved away since I was younger, but it used to be like a 30 minute drive for almost an entire family family reunion! When I lived in Orlando, I got sooo home sick, especially after I went home to visit for a week and I just could not be away anymore. You're so brave for moving to AMSTERDAM!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    - Hannah

  3. Hi Lily! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yeah I found it pretty cold as well when I went on a trip to Amsterdam. It was so hot everywhere else in Europe we went, but I had a cardigan on most of the time I was there! Are you planning on staying there for good?

    Toni @ One Chocolate Box