The Roads We Travel

A few days in a life journey.

Where the Heart Is

Darden Family 2017

It’s been a little more than three years since our family hitched up the wagon and moved across country from Maryland to California. At the time, it seemed surreal, like more of a vacation than a move. Now, more and more, California feels like home.

Home means many different things to different people. Along this journey, we’ve met families who live in urban cities, families who live very remotely, families in desert towns, suburban families, families with huge houses, families with tiny apartments, and families with mobile homes. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting families from varied ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. They’ve welcomed us into their homes and we’ve welcomed them to ours, and I’ve learned a lot, especially that we are all doing the best we can with what we have and it’s enough.

Our family grew by one as my youngest brother moved in with us this summer to pursue his dream of acting. It’s been great having him here and part of what makes it feel a bit more like home.

We also had another move this year. Moving from our tiny two-bedroom apartment to a small three-bedroom house. I’m grateful for the extra space and I try to stay in that place of gratitude, but it’s easy to slip into comparing it to our larger home in Maryland. I remind myself that we are on a journey, not a race. Where we are right now is where we are supposed to be and it’s enough. In time, we’ll find our forever California home or maybe California isn’t meant to be forever.

As I move into 2018, I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned on this journey so far and all of the people and families who’ve entered our lives. I’m excited about the year to come. My goal is to remain heart open and to lead with gratitude. I’m also committing to writing more here and elsewhere. 🤞🏽


Written by Shara

December 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

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  1. For some reason, I didn’t read this blog until today. Once again, Shara, you managed to show up with the perfect message, and right when I needed to hear it most.

    Joanna Martin Guest

    January 16, 2018 at 11:16 am

    • Wow, Jo! Thanks for letting me know. I’m so glad my words resonate. It means so much to me. ❤


      January 16, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  2. Oh, I love your attitude! Especially about the house. Living simpler seems to make most everyone I know happy–and those with the biggest houses seem the most frazzled. Happy 2018 to you and your beautiful family!


    December 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    • Sooo true, thank you so much!! Happy New Year!!


      December 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm

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