I realized since I have arrived, I've done a fair bit of "comparing coasts". Comparing this unfolding new community/new life to the life I lived in Florida. And I would imagine that is like a mother comparing their children: each one a bit different, each one with its' own peculiarities, flavors, eccentricities. Each one with it's own gloriousness!
However, unlike a mother, at first I was looking to see what was wrong with this coast. Unconsciously, anyway. I was low on funds on arrival, so the first scab I picked was financial awareness. The sales tax is so much higher here, the gas is so much more expensive, my goodness even bread. Why is that? I could work myself into a royal little snit over this, and snits are never good. They just turn you cranky and inflexible and focus on all the wrong things.
I realized I had really been focused on getting here, getting somewhat settled, and not running out of cash before my first paycheck. In fact, I manifested a last minute payroll crisis, and spent an hour on the phone with the payroll guy (poor man) before the money appeared in my account. He is just one of many California angels I've met.
I don't mind telling you also that I manifested a $43 parking ticket the first week I was here. Again, consciousness. I was thinking about the $ ways California was unfavorably different (i.e., more expensive) and that was my experience of it. It's really something, when you are aware of that your "stinking thinking" patterns hold you back, and you do it anyway. Oh well!
But once I had a little breathing room, instead of counting gallons of gas and ramen packets, I could look up and realize... wow, I am so close to the beach. I didn't really drive around/realize this before. Last night I went to the beach and saw dolphins swimming and feeding for at least a half hour. I couldn't believe a crowd wasn't gathering, that people were not jumping up and down and pointing! (I wanted to!) I definitely will be back with my "good camera" next time. And what an awesome chill spot. It was windy and fresh, similar to my favorite beach in Florida. Now extra special with added pelican dive-bombing shows, and the distant barking of seals heard.
The job, I will tell you that I prayed and reiki'd and put good energy into that place/situation before I even stepped into the recovery room for the first time. I visualized a place where they were friendly to the new nurse (me), professional, skilled, and efficient. And that's what it is! I was thinking some of the old places I worked where nurses were gossipy, loud, didn't seem to care, or the system for admitting newly awakened surgery patients into rooms took hours. I could not be more pleased with this contract and employer. I feel happy and lucky to have landed into such a great spot, temporary or otherwise.
This coast is comparing well. :-) Not better, different. Fabulous and charming in it's own way.