One Year in California
A little over a year ago, Brian and I moved to the Silicon Valley after Brian got a new job at Google. It was a big change for us, we didn’t want to leave Portland (and because of that we almost didn’t even consider the job offer), but we made the decision to give it a try. And if we changed our minds then we could always move back, right? Well, that time has come.
I’ve lived in a lot of places, but after separating from the Navy, all of them were of my own choosing. Each place I have lived in I was able to adapt to my surroundings, but I always knew that I could move again if I so desired. After moving to Portland, getting married, and buying a house, I thought I would finally stay in once place forever. That changed with Brian’s new job at Google, yet only a few months after moving to the South Bay I knew that it was not a good fit. Portland is the place for us to thrive, to be inspired, and to be happy. I need to live some place that I thought was beautiful and inspiring, somewhere I could grow creatively. So we made the decision to move back to Portland for good.
This past year has been a roller-coaster, and I’m so tired of moving (I’ve moved so much in the past six years that I’ve lost track). I’m just grateful that I have an amazingly supportive husband who was willing to take this leap with me. (And for those of you who are curious, yes, Brian will still be working for Google … I’m sure he’ll share more on that in time.) Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.
I was in Portland last week and we miraculously found a house, and a beautiful one at that! I even named it “Magnolia”. We should be making the move in a little less than a month, and I have quite a bit do to between now and then. Each year seems to bring something new, it’s been an exciting ride and I look forward to what is to come.
So, to all of my Portland friends, I can’t wait to see you and spend some quality time together! And, to all of my readers, get ready for plenty more photographs of beautiful waterfalls and food photos from inside of our new home. (I will even have a dedicated ceramics studio … so there will be some of that mixed into my blog as well!) I’m taking it easy the rest of the year to try and re-ignite my fire for art and photography, a fire that has been burning very low this past year. It will be good to get settled as quickly as possible and back to the swing of things.
Portland, baby, we’re coming home!