Wai has been my ‘experimental subject’ since I came to Indiana and I have thousands of his pictures but I never post his picture on Instagram. So, this is like an appreciation post for him. Happy birthday 🎉
How did I go almost 31 years without sunsets and palm trees in my life??? Seriously.
I started drawing palms and beach scenes as early as I can remember, and the dream of living in paradise only intensified with age. Moving here was pretty much inevitable. It was only a matter of when. For a long time, I figured the WHEN would be retirement and I'd wind up being a snowbird. Not ideal, but I begrudgingly accepted it... until I had my now or never moment.
That moment was back in December 2013. I visited Florida for the first time EVER and moved here a month later. Crazy? Yes. Regret? No. Sarasota immedialely felt like home, like I was meant to be a Florida girl. And that didn't surprise me in the least. In fact, I expected it!
All those childhood doodles were simply preparation for the real deal. For endless summer. Endless beach bumming. Endless sunsets and palm trees. It's like I stepped into one of my drawings and magically made it my reality.
Really, though. Magic and luck and all that jazz had nothing to do with it. Dreams don't work like Disney movies. Fulfilling one is a choice. A choice to take a chance. And it only took me 31 years to figure that out.