Friends, I have finally decided where I am going to live and spend the next chapter of my life! And the winner is...Portland, OR! (if you read my post about my recent visit to Portland, you probably aren't surprised)
If you are wondering what made me finally choose Portland, I have some reasons. To start, I'm choosing Portland because I have three wants/desires/needs for the next place I live and I believe it will satisfy each one.
- Beauty. It has endless places for me to hike and explore. I can't wait to spend my weekends out on a trail.
- Art. It has a thriving art community. A place I will be supported and encouraged to further my art as a lifestyle and business.
- No Winter. At least not like Wisconsin has winter. Yes, this one is a big deal to me.
I'm choosing Portland because I wanted a bigger city. I need to explore. I need be inspired. I need to meet people. Like I said before, its where I will be spending the next chapter of my life, and I'm more then ready for all of the new experiences it will bring.
I'm choosing Portland because I needed to make a decision. I needed to stop expecting the right answer to be spelled out for me and just take a chance. I was getting really sick of being stressed/obsessed/worried over where I would go next and if it felt "perfect". Funny that after manning up and making the decision that "perfect" feeling did come. I was just expecting the order of events to be different.
So now I've decided and it feels great. A serious weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I'm able to just look to the future with excitement. Planning the details like housing and finding a job will be new things to stress/obsess/worry over but I'm starting to remind myself now that I always look back and think that I shouldn't have worried. Hopefully that will stop me from some self inflicted mental torture and I'll continue to make a habit of accepting change as a part of life, not something that needs to be accompanied by worry and doubt.
If you are feeling the way I was, ready to make a change but worrying about how to make the decision, my best advice would be to just take a chance. Go with your heart and see where it takes you. Sometimes we need to remember that situations don't have to be permanent. Going somewhere new can be as temporary or long term as you want it to be. And worrying, obsessing, stressing, about the future probably isn't worth your time. For me, I probably could have chosen any of the places I visited/researched and it would have been an adventure. Right now though, Portland just feels right so I'm going to go with it and see how this next part of my life plays out.
If you are wondering where I am at in the planning process, I don't have a whole lot figured out. All I know is that I want to sign a January or February 1st lease (preferably February) and will be sending many prayers that the rest of the details will be figured out. I know they will in time, I just need to be patient. Until then, I'm taking any advice, connections, wisdom, etc. that I can get when it comes to moving cross country and fully living on your own, so please do share. Otherwise, if you have any questions for me please don't be shy to ask!
Now, I just have one question for you, and I mean this in all seriousness...
Does anyone want to come with me?