I know now!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Hey all, the road trip is over now, and I've made it back to the Midwest with my Mom! Even though we had three long days of driving each day to make it from Seattle to Indiana, I am feeling good! I managed to work out each morning and stay within my calorie ranges, definitely tough to do when traveling!
The biggest thing was I was in full sun, all day, every day, due to the drive. I could feel the improvements in my well-being and energy each day from the SAD. I have come to the realization that although I just moved in December, am closer to my sister and have most of my things there - I don't think I can live in Seattle.
I think some people that don't have SAD don't understand, like my sister's husband, who sort of laughs off my concerns. But it is real - it's not just a "preference" for sunnier weather, it's a health issue as well as a quality of life issue.
I don't regret moving to Seattle because at least I know now. I'm not sure where I'm going to go but the top contenders are Denver/Colorado Springs/Boulder, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, and Northern California. They each have their pluses and minuses, so I'm doing a lot of research to see what the best option would be.
I don't have a plan for moving yet - will probably move to the chosen city short-term before moving all my things to see how I like it, and then fully move later on. I will probably go back to Seattle first, since I have a temp home office set up, and can work on my portfolio and other things I need to do before I seriously start searching for a job first, that I'd just be paying rent to do anywhere else. A part of me would rather just move sooner than later though, because I'm tired of living in "temporary mode."
I just know how much happier and how much more energy I have in the sun. I go back to being my normal Energizer Bunny self - and I love that!
Ok all for now... still recovering from the trip.