Why I Have Returned to South Florida to Live

Today, I have been in the South Florida area for a little over two months. It’s been an emotional journey.

In this blog post I will talk about why I have moved back to South Florida and what I am loving and disliking about it so far.

For those who don’t know, I have survived cancer and have been in remission since I was 9 months old. The doctor that saved my life has his private practice based here.

With the push from my parents and husband, I am happy to be in weather where I don’t need a coat while being surrounded by water.

It’s safer to be a 30 minute to one hour drive away versus 2 and a half hour flight or 14-hour drive in case of an emergency. All is well with my health thanks to vitamin sea.

When you have a good doctor, you keep them. So this Ocular Oncologist (eye cancer doctor) of mine, has basically known me all my life and has seen me grown.

While in high school, I got to work alongside him which led to me doing a presentation on the retina in order to receive my commercial photography certification.


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It’s amazing how life is a full circle.

The amazing part about it is that hubby and I is that are okay with the distance this time around. Thanks to being used to being apart due to immigration purposes, this distance is not as bad as 3,000 miles away on two different continents versus 1,000 miles in two different states.

Here's what I have accomplished so far:

  • Reuniting with the clients and friends that I’ve kept in touch with
  • Gaining three new social media clients
  • Moved into my own place (a room in a house)
  • Had a photo shoot with a client/family member for the third time (three times the charm)
  • Co-Hosted an event with a friend who was also my first ever social media client; I also briefly talked about social media in person for the first time

Things I’m loving:

  • Publix (Where shopping is a pleasure) is cheaper here than it was in Nashville (Now that there is no Kroger here)
  • I’m conveniently close to everything that I need
  • I’m needed - it feels great to be around my sisters from another mother and be the auntie-mama as my mom calls me, to my friends' children
  • Driving through memory lane, past the places I went to as a child and teenager (I lived in Fort Lauderdale during two different periods of my life)
  • I’m closer to checking off more things of my bucket list/things I’ve always wanted to do
  • The chance to eat healthier (I haven’t had meat for a little over a month)

The Challenges:

  • Communication
  • Procrastination
  • Bad time management
  • Budgeting
  • Imposter Syndrome

My Dislikes:

  • Everything is much more expensive (I already knew that but it’s a slap in the face once you’re in it)
  • Lyft is not as popular, as a result, I haven’t been rideshare driving as much
  • Thanks to the International drivers, Uber is more popular. However, Lyft is better liked
  • Around this time last year, I was preparing for my trip home from South Africa and Germany. I dropped and shattered the first cell phone that I did not insure
  • This year, I got my car window shattered and laptop stolen
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There’s always hidden blessings and lessons in every negative thing that happens.

So as you can tell, it’s been a lot going on. Did I mention that I am launching a digital marketing agency?

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Well, that’s all folks.

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Why I Have Returned to South Florida to Live