Our Mini Family: How Arizona Became My Home


Jul 1, 2015

How Arizona Became My Home

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Do you remember knowing with absolute certainty where you wanted to live when you were 18? Well, I did. And I am so thankful that I realized very early in my life where I am happiest. As I sit here by the pool drinking my morning cup of tea, I can't help but think about my journey to Arizona.



Growing up in Massachusetts, I was exposed to some seriously extreme weather. Between the frigid winters filled with inches upon inches of snow, to the beyond humid summer heat that felt like Mother Nature's sauna, I knew that weather didn't have to be this miserable. I remember growing up and reading novels that took place in Arizona; I always imagined myself standing in the Arizona desert with the sun warming my face, and the dry air feeling like a comfy blanket wrapped around me. Junior year of high school, I had to start considering where I wanted to go to college and I already knew that Arizona State University was on my list. When my mom and I traveled to Phoenix for the first time when I was 17, I remember tears filling my eyes as the plane landed at Sky Harbor Airport. I was home.


I've always felt a gravitational pull toward Phoenix. As early as grade school, I remember learning about the desert ecosystem and feeling enthralled by how unique it was. As a teenager, I'd sit in front of the television watching the weather channel, feeling endlessly amused by the heat wave in Arizona. Days like today, I think back to these memories I have throughout my life and recall certain points in time when I solidified my decision to move out west when I graduated high school. It's important to take time out of your day, even if it's just for a moment while enjoying a cup of iced tea in the morning, to recognize where you came from and why you're here. While I was living in Massachusetts, I suffered from depression due to the lack of sun and warm weather; now that I live in Arizona, I am a happier version of myself. 

I feel grateful every single day.


Take time out of your day to contemplate what you're grateful for, and I promise you that you will feel 10 times happier in that moment! Even if you're incredibly busy, making time to reflect can be as simple as using the time it takes to pour a glass of Bigelow Iced Tea. My tea time is spent thinking about what I am happy about in my life--and how blessed I am.


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When was the last time you took a moment to reflect?


19 comments :

  1. I am a huge fan of reflection and try to take time every couple of months to reflect on the different areas of my life. I started the practice when I was in college studying to be a teacher and we had to reflect on our time student teaching...and I realized it made me a better person to take time to reflect.

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    1. I love that you did that during student teaching! I remember when I was going to school, we'd have a similar practice at the end of the semester. I am glad you take the time for yourself, Julie! :)

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  2. Today is a full day of reflection for me and this post really reminds me to be grateful for the positive things in my life. I wish I had always known where I wanted to live. I'm still not sure if I'm in the right place. #client

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    1. I think it's more than OK if you're not sure you are in the right place--I think just even being cognitiant and contemplating where you are in life is healthy!

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  3. I've never heard of this tea before. I will have to try it. I reflect often, and I encourage my kiddos to do it too. Very therapeutic! - Jeanine

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    1. The Bigelow Iced Tea is awesome! I hope you try it. And that is great that you reflect often and encourage your children do that; kids learn the most through seeing their parents do something!

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  4. Not today for sure! I need to slow down more!

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    1. Sometimes things can get hectic and I have been there! Just remember to stop and take a breather for yourself, Debra! You deserve a moment of peace :)

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  5. What a great story. I love to visit Arizona and have hiked Sedona. Such a beautiful place. I am a hiker so hiking gives me lots of time to reflect! Also my mind is ever wandering when I am swimming laps. It is so important to take this time for ourselves. It is often in these quiet moments of reflection that we have glimpses and revelations about our true selves.

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    1. That is so awesome--I have heard that Sedona is fantastic for hikers. I can only imagine how centered you must feel while out hiking or swimming laps. I am glad you take time to reflect. Thanks for stopping by today, Stacey!

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  6. I love living in Arizona! It's so pretty and I don't do well with the cold. :)

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    1. Me either! I feel so miserable when I'm cold!

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  8. Thank you for sharing your lovely story.When I moved to Canada (for sch), I was in part fulfilling my dream to live here. In regards to reflecting, I do so at least once a week. However, I plan to incorporate time for daily meditation, which will give me more time to reflect.

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    1. Aww well thank YOU for reading, Shelley! :) And that's wonderful that you felt you were fulfilling your dream when you moved there for school--that's pretty much how I felt when I moved here to to go ASU as well!

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  9. Thanks for sharing your story! That is pretty awesome! I am from California and never visited Arizona!

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    1. Of course--and thanks for reading, Denea! California is so close to Arizona, and yet I don't travel to California often enough either! I would definitely recommend coming out for the winter months, since that's when the weather is best.

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  10. Sounds like you are very happy in Arizona. I need more moments of reflection in my life.

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    1. I definitely am very happy here in AZ!

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