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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.
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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