Jen, I live in Florida, although the north-central part where we get a touch of winter — this year, it has been a long touch, way too long.

You adapt. After a while, it doesn’t feel like a perpetual vacation. It is home and home involves work, but we don’t have to add snow shoveling, ice scraping, and multi-layer dressing to our already busy days.

Our coldest month is usually January, which also happens to be one of my busiest work months — a perfect pairing. Summer is also busy for me and the heat is fierce enough that no one wants to be outside unless the outside involves a pool or some other body of water and a few icy drinks.

Here, we get lackadaisical in the spring and fall. In the spring, we are weary from our 3 weeks of winter and want to enjoy the warm weather before it becomes hot weather; in the fall, we are weary from our 6 months of summer heat and delight in the slightly cooler temps, wanting to frolic at all the festivals that abound at that time.

You’d work. We all do. But work is easier to do here, and that is definitely worth the move!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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