I had lists upon lists of things I knew I needed to buy before making my move. I just can’t help it, it’s the event planner in me.
A vacuum, a TV stand, a ton of stuff for the new apartment were all listed out in an excel spreadsheet. Although I did buy all those things pretty much immediately after moving in, there were a few items on my list that I had no idea I needed until I spent a few weeks here.
To this day they are my newest prized possessions essential to living in San Diego,
Living so close to Mission Bay, it didn’t take long to be convinced that I needed a set of wheels to coast around the bay's walkway.
Seeing the long-boarders skate on by brought me back to my days as an 11 year old where I’d try to keep up with my older brother as he practiced his ollies and kickflips.
I could never do any tricks but I knew I had enough balance and muscle memory to stay up on a skateboard. After some research, I learned to buy a board anywhere inland as opposed to by the beach (hi, upcharge.)
I decided to go with the oh-so trusty Amazon and order this longboard from Ten Toes that promised to be great for beginners. Ding.
Plus, the teal design was right up my alley. Perfect for a lil’ exercise or getting anywhere quicker, but mostly cruising around taking in the beauty of the bay and the boardwalks, I highly recommend giving it a shot.
There is SO much beauty to be captured in this city.
From the street art in Hillcrest and North Park to the skyscrapers of downtown and miles of coastline- you could never run out of things to take pictures of here.
I’ve always been into photography and had an older Canon DSLR that was great as a starter camera but I was craving something more advanced.
I wanted a camera I could really capture some impressive scenes with for the blog and just to document this exhilarating time in my life.
I finally caved and upgraded to a Fujifilm XT10 with a super fancy lens I couldn’t tell you the name of since it was gifted to me.
Bottom line- this thing is awesome. Pictures last forever, and I highly recommend investing in something that can capture a higher quality photo than the iPhone.
NEW WORKOUT CLOTHES
I knew moving here would mean more of an active lifestyle, but I totally underestimated how GOOD everyone looks doing it!
I’ve played sports all my life so my closet is overflowing with old volleyball, cheerleading and softball shirts which has always been my go to workout gear.
Looking around my barre, bootcamp and occasional yoga class I realized I have to step it up with the workout fashion to feel more confident in class.
I mean damn, I even bought Mitch lululemon shorts last week- the investment is REAL.
As much as I wish I could afford a monthly trip to Lululemon or Yoga Smoga, I signed up for Fabletics monthly subscription. Their intro deal of 2 yoga pants for $20 is irresistible and I’ve been really happy with the quality of the products so far.
Mitch and I often found ourselves in a pickle of walking vs. driving to restaurants in PB and the beach since they are about a mile from our house.
It’s pretty close to drive, the parking game is never fun. We’re always down for a nice walk if we have time and it’s nice out (which let’s be real it basically always is) but after a full belly or when we have places to be, we want to get home quicker than a walk.
This is when I decided we definitely needed bikes. Knowing they’re pretty expensive, we opted to use Facebook marketplace for a second hand bike.
People are always moving in and out of PB and need to get rid of things or just realize they don’t use them as much as they used to, so I knew we’d find a pair of winners sooner than later.
A few message exchanges later, we agreed on a price, met up, paid in cash and rode away into the sunset.
The purchasing never ends, yesterday we picked up a sweet new ikea set for our patio and strung edison bulb lights to create a relaxing ambiance outside- I can’t say I’m mad about it.
Trying to figure out how much $$ you’ll have for these fun purchases after your move? Check out The Real Costs of Moving!