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I know I come from a pretty place. Pretty stunning actually.
The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful and interesting area to live in – people are generally pretty friendly and have an appreciation for the outdoors, there are a ton of interesting destinations and companies in the area, and the summers are gorgeous (especially this summer) with daylight lasting until 10 pm in Seattle, clear skies and low humidity. The past couple months have felt much nicer than the previous months I spent in hot and humid Thailand.
But while I appreciate many things about being here, it doesn’t excite me in the same way that visiting and living somewhere different does. I’ve become immune to the beauty, activities, lifestyles and opportunities that surround me. Living in Chiang Mai I continued to proactively seek out new things and wanted to share them with others…I can recommend more places to go, things to do, boutique hotels to stay in and foods to try in Thailand than I can for Seattle. For some reason I just don’t have the same desire to explore this place that I’m so familiar with. There I would constantly want to plan weekend trips, here I…don’t.
That’s one of the things I love about living abroad – and what I’ve tried to highlight in my ‘Day-to-Day‘ posts – taking time to notice the little things, appreciate where you are and not get stuck in the rut of familiarity and routine. But, really, it’s not the place itself that makes you enjoy where you are or make the most of your time there – it’s your mindset and willingness to actively participate in your life rather than just be a bystander or content with the same old story. Being in a new place may be a helpful way to help kickstart seeing or doing things differently, but not the only way.
I need to see the same things in a different way – view Seattle and the Pacific Northwest in a new light. There are plenty of things I haven’t done, places I haven’t gone, restaurants I haven’t tried and people I haven’t met. I need to change that. This site focuses on fascinating places, unexpected connections and local discoveries, yet I’ve been back in the U.S. for nearly two months and haven’t shared or written about any of those topics as it pertains to where I currently am. Looking through recent pictures, I’ve only taken a few compared to the hundreds I took during my last couple weeks in Thailand. I need to shift my attention and look at where I am through a new lens.
I also want to hear from you – where should I explore and what should I try in the PNW and down the West Coast? Give me some things to do in Seattle! What have I missed these past three years? Help me out in the comments below!