Life Moves – by Todd

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Feeling so excited to get away from this insane super cold weather hopefully forever.

Ready to travel across the US and finally get back to where we feel like us!

Moving to a new place, ready to explore,
we will be where we finally need to be: the Pacific Northwest shore.

Same job, different place, I might not shave my face

Doing the same thing in a whole new way, except this time we won’t stay

One place will be the final destination, gonna be a place near a railroad station

Looking for that spark, that feeling,
that sense of belonging and acceptance.
I’ll know it when I’m there
and when I am, I’ll finally feel less tense

Completely new, different and free, for this, this is what feels like me

I don’t know how long, ‘bout 2 years I’d like it to be


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Where do we want to go?

Want to go somewhere so green and sunny. Somewhere with warm weather and endless trails for hiking. A place with a lot of skateparks and great coffee shops. All of which mostly means Northern California or Portland, Oregon to me.

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So what does this mean for me? How do I feel about it all?

For me, this means revisiting somewhere I used to live in the past for tiny fraction of my life and experiencing it in an entirely new way! This is super exciting to me. I feel like I’ll really be able to take advantage of everything the city/region has to offer. I love that the job allows us to travel. This is literally a dream come true!!! Ever since I finished school at the end of 2014, I wanted to be a traveling surgical tech. You get to travel across the U.S., do familiar work that’s considered a profession (bonus in my book), get paid more than you normally would, find a place that works for your lifestyle, and have up to two weeks off between contracts. Literally, what’s not to love?! Everything about it is exactly what I want for my career right now. I am seriously excited.

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We need to save money.

When it comes to moving, saving money is always mentally and physically draining. We always have to start months in advance. Taking extra shifts at one of my two jobs is something I feel obligated to do now that the time to move is even closer. Somehow, it always seems to workout perfectly with us, so I’m doing my best to not let the stress of finances get to me.

How will it feel to only have temporary housing? What is “home”?

I’ve never really felt like I was “home”. I’ve always had an itch to live somewhere else – no matter where I was. Even when I lived in San Diego, one of the most beautiful places in California, I wanted to be somewhere else. I think it had to do with the conditions under which I was living – someone else’s house, rules, etc..

I feel like I am finally in a great place to do exactly what I want. That includes changing where I live frequently – on my own terms, with my own rules, and only my stuff (including Emily, of course). This is such a sense of freedom and accomplishment all wrapped in one. It’s just the best – kind of like what my 10-year old self would have referred to as a mayo, cheese, and bologna sandwich on white bread without the crust xD (gross). In short, this new traveling life is how we will find home and we’re going to have the time of our life doing it. 🙂

Read what Emily has to say about the big move here.


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So we have a few questions for you guys:

  1. Have you ever had a big move like this? If so, do you have any tips & tricks for us?
  2. Have you ever had a pivotal moment in your life? Tell us about it!
  3. Do you have any tips for moving in general?
  4. Have you ever lived in temporary housing?
  5. Any recommendations for camping anywhere between Minnesota & California? We are thinking about staying at Arches National Park but that’s all we haven mind at this point.
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