Ever since coming back from Florida, nothing is the same. The sun seems dull, the days seem empty. I find myself just surviving and no longer thriving. If I don’t stay busy throughout my days, I slip into daydreams about the bright sunshine, the crashing waves, the salty breeze, and the friendly faces we encountered while we were in the Pensacola area. I know it was a tourist area out on the barrier islands, and waitresses and store clerks are friendly to make people’s vacations better, but it wasn’t just that.
I never expected the area to speak to me as much as it did. I knew it would be a great vacation, and I knew we would enjoy ourselves there. But I never expected to want to stay, or to return and live there. One of the waitresses that we ended up chatting with was from Iowa, too. She explained she had visited at one point too, and fell in love with it the same way we did. She said she especially loved that most of the businesses there in the island area have shower facilities for the employees who choose to go to the beach before or after their work shifts. Super convenient!
A few days after we arrived I started looking into the job and housing markets in the mainland Pensacola area. It was a surprise to me to find that there were plenty of jobs available in my line of work, and the cost of living there is the same if not slightly more affordable than where I live currently. The whole reason I’ve stayed here so long is due to the low cost of living compared to the surrounding areas!
Then I started thinking about what the kids would want, and what we’d be leaving behind if we decided to make the move to the Florida panhandle. Cory was downright depressed to come back to Iowa, Evan was all for the idea of moving, but Andy wasn’t too excited at the idea of year-round warmth, as he is more of a cold-weather lover. None of us wanted to leave behind our family or our friends. Sean and I both really appreciate our bosses at work, as well. Our people are honestly the only things holding us back, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Someday, and I don’t expect it to take more than a couple of years, we WILL be moving down into the area. We all loved it far too much to stay away for long.