Life Moves – by Emily

When Todd & I lived in California, we knew we wanted to leave our city. We were offered the opportunity to move here – Rochester, Minnesota – and we jumped on it. We knew that if he worked as a surgical tech for a few years at the hospital here, we would have the ability to move anywhere.

Living in Minnesota has been such a great (also way too cold at times) experience, but we  can’t pretend it’s a long-term stay for us.

90CB50FF-18E4-4A17-AA07-4DFC27B3F31D


So here we are, it’s getting close to the 2 year mark – and we’ve decided what’s next. I’m so excited & nervous! I keep getting the chills just thinking about it!

In short, we’re going to temporarily live everywhere for who-knows-how-long.

You’re probably thinking, “uhhhh, what?” – Here’s how its going down:

Todd’s going to pursue a career of being a traveling surgical tech. This means we’ll be living in different places (of choice) for about 3 months at a time. In the meantime, my plan is to work as a substitute teacher during the school year & at other fun, part-time jobs until I figure out what I really want to do (that’s another blog post to come).

 

Where do we want to go?

As of now, the Pacific Northwest is calling. Or Northern California. Luckily, we get to pretty much choose where we’d like to go. We’ll find out 4-6 weeks in advance and then we’ll head over! Portland, OR is the dream at this point, but we are willing to settle for other NW coastal areas, too.

So what does this mean for me?

This means A LOT for me. I feel like this is opening a lot of doors. I feel like I’ll be able to pursue a lot of more of my hobbies and things I enjoy doing. I can bike, run, create, blog, be outside, challenge myself, etc.. Also, in my last post I explained how I want everything to be changing all the time. To be honest, I feel like this is opening the door for me to finally    B E   M Y S E L F and discover my identity.

How do I feel about it all?

More than anything – I am beyond excited. I’m shaking right now because I’m so ready for this. This is what I want – I know it. And I’m so grateful to be doing this with Todd. I also feel very nervous & scared for multiple reasons. One is that I’m putting my plans out there and telling friends, family, and potentially the whole world. That’s legitimately scary for me because… what if the plans don’t follow through? what if we fail? what will people think? are we making a stupid decision?

I know the answer to all of these questions. It’s “who cares?”, but the doubts still lurk a little & it’s hard to ignore them in these beginning stages.

Seriously though, I don’t actually care what people think. This is what. I. want. – most importantly! And I’m excited!

What are we going to do with all of our stuff? What will we pack & bring with us?

This also makes me nervous + excited. We are debating between two things:

  1. Get rid of some of our stuff (donate + sell)
    • clothes, bulky furniture, books, bedding, kitchen stuff
    • keep our bed, a few tables, most clothes, books, etc.
    • rent a van to lug everything into storage until we live somewhere permanently
  2. Get rid of almost everything.
    • we will travel cross-country with whatever fits in our car. Our bikes will be strapped on the outside and we’ll camp along the way.
    • we’ll sell and get rid of practically everything.
    • we’ll bring keepsakes, laptops, camera, clothes, kitchen items we love, a few books, camping gear, and some other essentials.

We need to plan.

Yeah, we need to plan. We’re going to put up a giant paper across the wall in our living room today and make it into a huge calendar. With daily to-do lists, weekly goals, what we can do during downtime, due dates, etc.

We need to save money.

This means minimal “going out,” frugal grocery shopping, paying off debt, and working as much as possible. I’m going to add dates/goals for this to the wall calendar.

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

I love our duplex here, it’s so fun and open and bright. It has large bay windows, white walls, a humongous kitchen, hardwood floors, and an arched entryway to the living room. It isn’t our home, though.

Home is just being with each other and having the joy of being outside. It’s being happy to be alive and being able to see excitement and growth in each other. It’s having a lot of people in our lives and being able to pursue activities and hobbies that we love. It’s having a refreshing life inside & outside. Home is transitional for me.

Read what Todd had to say about the big life change here.

0FFDA4B2-F677-4CC7-BCB1-D87229BE1C9CC994ECD5-8441-42D8-9DF8-4102ED6FA70E

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.
Advertisements

Life Moves – by Todd

DFC1733D-BB7B-4F77-9318-A143AE04C15D

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


img_7116


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.

2392379C-CDBC-4AC6-B7F2-AF79202E27A7

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.

7776F6EE-465C-41A5-912E-982613239E7D

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.


52307437-80AC-43F4-B89F-AE77773DE51F


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.

Write What you Want – Travel Goals

I’ve been thinking about my future a lot, lately.

Specifically, I’ve been wondering where I’ll travel next and what types of experiences I want to have in the future.

9A913119-1AA4-4F94-B072-C2FC7545E2AB

911A1CD3-03F2-4D15-BEEC-A4F63A03776D


Just to give you some background, I’m the type of person who is always changing their plans.

One week I have a grand idea to move to a big city and the next I’m thinking about going off the grid and living in a van. That being said, I want to experience as much as I can and I want to try everything!

 

 

At this point in my life, doing the same thing everyday seems impossible. I substitute teach – which means my job is different every day. I make up new foods to eat. I change up my exercise routine. I shift furniture around in my house. And I try to get out of town and take a break from reality as much as possible. Right now, doing new things & changing my routine is fun & exciting for me!

 

 

A recurring wish of mine, however, is to TRAVEL. I want to get out there and see more, do more, and feel more. I want to get lost and feel like I’m on another planet – surrounded by everything I know nothing about.


Here’s a list of places & things I have been craving to experience lately:

Spain – I want to see Gaudi architecture and try new foods. I want to feel immersed in a foreign language and culture, stay in hostels, and meet people completely different than me. I want to visit world renowned landmarks and take pictures of everything.

Costa Rica – actually – the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Its a resort where you can hang out with sloths. If you know me well, you know why. If not, you should know that I have a lifelong obsession with them. They’re cute little smiles melt my heart. I also really want to be in South & Central America and learn about the cultures there.

Seattle – A huge, busy, city surrounded by water + mountainy landscape. Its a dream come true!

Mexico – My desire to visit here is pretty recent. For some reason, Mexico has a bad reputation for Californians. I really want to go there now because I want to experience the culture and get more familiar with the language. Also I’ve heard it’s a vegan friendly country, too!

Redwoods – California – being surrounded by a gigantic army of majestic trees is right up my alley. I need this. I want to see the sunlight bursting through the forest and camp and take deep breaths and hike forever.

Paris – Yes, everyone tours and travels Paris, but it seems too good to NOT experience. I want the food, the BREAD!!, the art, and music.

Norway – When we were in Sweden & Denmark, we wanting to go up to Norway, too, but didn’t have enough time. I liked experiencing Scandinavian culture, so it’s necessary I visit here, too.

Sweden – we went there last year, but we only went to Malmo. I want to see Stockholm!

Yosemite – I don’t actually know if I’ve been here – maybe when I was a baby? I can’t believe I used to live only a few hours away and never went. I know multiple people that claim its their favorite place in the world – so why haven’t I experienced it, yet?!?! I’ve gotta go!

Portland – I actually just want to live here tbh, but it seems so fun! So much to do and see and it seems so beautiful and green!

Austin – I keep hearing about it – it seems like a great up & coming city with a lot going on

Netherlands – my friend went here last summer and her pictures were so amazing. It looks so fun.

Thailand – the food – obviously – but I’m craving being immersed in their culture. It seems other-wordly!

Hawaii – a tropical destination that everyone wants a vacation to, right? Plus the hiking there looks AMAZING! And the climate seems great, too.

Morocco – THE COLORS – I have some family that lives here and I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I heard about it. It seems so colorful and fun and the food seems amazing too! It’s also right across the water from Spain – so maybe I could do a 2 in 1!

South Africa
New Zealand
Germany
Peru
India
San Diego


Wouldn’t it be so awesome if I could look back on this list years from now and say “I did it! I went to all of those places and did all of those things!”

I like writing things like this down because it makes it feel more likely to happen. Putting it out there and being intentional about my goals for traveling forces me to let them float in the back of my mind. I feel like a few of these places are already in my future this year, which is really exciting!


Here’s a challenge for you:

  • Make your own list for travel goals!
  • Where do you want to go?
  • And why?
  • What’s in store for you there?

Comment here and share with me! We’d love to see what you want and hear about more amazing places to travel.