The Surreal Life

I said my last goodbye and pulled out of Nashville eight days ago. And it still hasn’t hit me that this isn’t some supped up vacation.

I have been in Orange County since Wednesday, but haven’t even begun to get settled. {I know what you are thinking. I should be settled by now. I’ve had days. And you’ve seen my twitter stream and are well aware that I have been running around Southern California footloose and fancy free. But don’t judge me, it’s difficult to get settled when your stuff, and your car, are on a semi-truck somewhere between here and there.} Instead for the last week, I have been crashing with friends and living what I’ve deemed “the surreal life.”

My friend Allison flew down from San Francisco and we had a wonderful couple of days exploring Orange County. We strolled through Newport and Laguna. We ventured out into Newport’s Back Bay on standup paddle boards. {No, I didn’t fall in. Well, I didn’t fall completely in.} We made our way down to Dana Point to have a cocktail al fresco at the Ritz Carlton. {The view and the ambiance was definitely worth the extra $5 I paid for my drink.} We ate fish tacos and poke at Bear Flag Fish Company. And we hung out with a host of welcoming Californians.

Yesterday, Allison flew home and I caught my first service at Mariner’s Church. While on the outside Mariner’s looks and feels so different from Cross Point, I love the heart of the church. Like Cross Point, they believe that real life transformation happens in community and so they make it a top priority. I’m really looking forward to getting rooted there.

All my loot should arrive sometime later this week and I’ll be ready to get to work. Truth be told, living “the surreal life” has been nice, but I cannot wait to sleep in my own bed, start my new job, and begin establishing a few healthy routines.

What have you been up to this Labor Day weekend?

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • ILm glad everything seems to be going so well save the car thing. Mariners sounds like a good church.

  • Cass Comerford

    If you have another day you MUST go to Santa Barbara….it’s such a magical place.  Stroll State Street, go to the zoo (it’s fantastic at dusk), have fish tacos at this little place on the beach (if you go – I’ll hunt down the name – but they are better than most), walk the pier.  Oprah lives there for good reason. BUTTERFLY BEACH I almost forgot about BUTTERFLY BEACH.  It’s magical.

    • It’s on my list. {my really long list} Thanks for the tip!

  • I loved reading your posts when you were in the middle of a job search. I was as well. This Labor Day weekend I have received an offer I can’t pass up to teach Physical Education in a high needs area to English Language Learners. I still can’t believe it. I am so excited for you and the adventure you are on and pray that you can see God’s love and joy more and more each day.

    • Congratulations! That sounds awesome. So glad you found the next right step.

  • Scott Kennedy

    I am so very proud of you Lindsey.  I have followed what God has been doing in and through your life from afar.
    Know that you are and have always been in my prayers.

    Scott Kennedy

    • Thanks Scott. Can’t believe I didn’t bump into you more when I was in Nashville. 

  • Worked at Crema then went to Carlos Bday party…

  • It’s almost your birthday and we are going to celebrate your new life California style! With paparazzi and movie stars and fancy hotels and… wait, who am I kidding? 

    But we will have fun. 😉

    • Haha…yeah, maybe we should hold off on the paparazzi for a bit. 😉

  • Shellie Kubicki

    Don’t remember the 1st time I stopped by your blog. But, I’ve been following your posts & tweets for a long time. 
    I read about the end of your time at Thomas Nelson, but since I, too, was moving, didn’t realize you had left Nashville until today. I moved just NE of you. Bakersfield. Thankfully, though, my stuff caught up with me 2 1/2 weeks ago. Just no internet until last Friday.
    Congrats on your move, I know when God says it’s time to move, one should listen, accept, and embrace the new chapter. 
    You will do great things here!

    • Thanks Shellie!

      • Shellie Kubicki

        PS My tweets are protected. Would you follow me back again next time you play on twitter? 🙂

        • Sure. What’s your twitter handle?

  • Good luck with the transition! For Labor Day, my wife and I travled from Nashville to Ohio and back with our 2 year old and 7 week old little girls. We crammed a 6 hour trip into 9 hours 🙂

    • Wow…doesn’t sound like that trip would be for the faint of heart 🙂