I know, it is a tongue twister and it took me a few times of reading it through while titling this post to make sure it actually made sense. But here is my thought process behind what actually made this post happen, so let me get into it for a bit so you don’t think I am just trying to get punny with my titling (which I have done – so don’t put it past me). There is 100% a difference between living where you love and loving where you love. Living where you love to me – means finding a place (wherever that may be in the world) that truly makes you happy. Somewhat of a eat-pray-love moment where you find that place that you are in and everything about it truly makes you happy. The people, the places, the food, the sights, etc. For some that may mean all of the aforementioned but for others that could simply mean a house or apartment that you really feel happy in.
Now for the latter. Loving where you live – to me that means learning to love where you live, it is more an acquired love than a love that is already there. So with that said, is there one that is better than the other, or one that should be pursued? Or is it more just a matter of choice and what works best for you. Hell if I know and I am no expert, but I do know that there are some pretty beautiful places to live and some pretty beautiful houses in those place to call home, so rather than listen to me rant on about what is the right and what is the wrong let’s dive into some of my favorites. So whether you want to love where you live or live where you love let’s get into it.
I’ve already talked about it before but Casa Cook, is hands down one of my favorite designed beach destinations.
I get that it isn’t actually a house and is a resort destination (wah wah wah) but, if it was a house (which it isn’t) and I could live there (which I can’t) then I would definitely have no objection to making it my reality. On top of that beach house design and style does have it’s perks (hello relaxed linens, white washed walls, and oversized windows) and if you’ve got the itch to build your own then there are hundreds of beach house plans to scroll through to get your beach house dreams started.
And on the other end of that spectrum there are the mountains. I grew up in SLC which meant skiing every weekend during the winter was something that always happened, and we didn’t think twice about it. So I will always have a soft spot for the slopes, the cold weather, and the warm lodges up in those picturesque snowy locations. And hey if all else fails then maybe you can get yourself a ski job up on the mountains through the winter to get your toes wet (and frostbitten). I am loving this little setup currently.
But it’s not always climate that plays the pivotal role in deciding where a dreamer should and should not live. Sometimes the fact that a certain area is rife with opportunities means that it is a more appropriate place to live for somebody with a dream. For example, if somebody lives in a rural area or small town but have dreams of ‘making it’ in the ‘big city’, then there are host of big cities to ‘make it’ in. If you aren’t down with the good ol U.S. of A then moving abroad is rewarding on a number of different levels. It offers up the chance to broaden your horizons. It teaches you about different cultures, customs and languages. It’s a real opportunity to find your place in the world, especially if it’s your first crack at doing so. There are, however, a number of things that simply can’t be overlooked, so this list can help you.
And on the other end of the spectrum moving to a cottage in the hills (which is my personal current dream).
The moral of the story it: don’t be afraid to move for your dreams. Yes, there may be naysayers telling you to get your head out of the clouds and yes, there might be a whole load of planning and packing involved. But what happens when you are old AF and realize that you let the opportunity pass you by and you are still living your same old boring life? So whether you are ready to pick up and move, stay in your same place, or just finally make your place somewhere that you love – let’s all try to enjoy wherever we call home a little bit more.