I’m not entirely sure where or when my nomadic soul was born, but I do know that it’s been deep-rooted in me for a very long time. I can change plans in a jiffy and change locations at [almost] teleporting speed… (if only!) I’ve been told countless times, “I can’t keep up with where you’re at!” My childhood was filled with travels and adventures. At sixteen, I flew from Colorado to Maryland to spend a summer working at a camp. When I returned, I told my parents that I was ready to move to Oregon with them. Oregon was a lifelong dream of theirs, but they were waiting until I graduated. But I was ready. Four months later, at seventeen, we moved to Oregon. At eighteen, I met Tyler and I was married at nineteen. At twenty years old, I moved to Morro Bay, California where Tyler finished his military career.
Sometime in between those years in Morro Bay, Tyler started developing a wonder for the world too. We started dreaming of all of the places we could live. Charleston, South Carolina was first on the list, but we were open to anywhere. There was one thing we knew for sure – we did not want to be in California anymore. Since my business follows me wherever I go, we were deciding where we would live based on where Tyler would get a job. Well, one year ago, as we said goodbye to military life, Tyler got an offer from a Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California as the Dockmaster/Marina Manager. We said, “Hey, why not!” And decided to give California another shot! We moved one week after he got the job and that’s where we’ve been for the last year.
While we have enjoyed the “long vacation” in Newport Beach and have made incredible memories, it has never felt like the right place for us to live. To the outside world, this place makes sense for us. We love yachts, boats, waterways, and beaches. We live in our travel trailer on a lagoon with a marina. It’s a paradise. And it’s a great vacation destination. But it’s not somewhere that we feel like we belong. We can’t quite explain it, but we both feel it. Six months ago, we went to Europe. That childlike wonder for the world has always still been in me, but I feel that when Tyler went to Europe for the first time, a whole new dimension to the world started to exist for him. He started to dream about where we wanted to go next. Charleston has never left our mind and I’m convinced we will live there one day. We started thinking about other places on the East Coast or in Texas. But Oregon started showing up a lot everywhere we looked. We would be hit with nostalgia for fishing, crabbing, clamming, and foraging for berries, mushrooms, and plants. We miss being self-sustained by living off of the land and the sea. We absolutely loved the activities we could do in Oregon. We want to live simply and minimally. The more we thought about Oregon, the more we mentally checked out of our life in California.
God has been preparing our hearts too. We have had a very distinct deadline in our minds for June 1 for various reasons. Long story short, some doors shut (plot twist!) and others opened. So, we started thinking outside the box. The more we thought about it, the more it didn’t make sense to stay here anymore. So… no good reason to stay is a good reason to go!
We didn’t want to wait anymore. Life is too short! If there’s something that you want to do, go do it! We are not trees with roots – we can move. A week ago, we were at a crossroads to make a decision. Do we stay and keep living in a place we really don’t want to live, or do we do something that completely defies logic but feels right in our heart? Obviously, these two nomads chose the latter.
So to summarize our final decision: We are moving to Oregon! Tyler put in his notice at work and he will be leaving his Marina Manager position to pursue something better! And just so you all know… happiness is not found in a job! There are far greater things out there than a job title. Living a full life that you love – doing activities that you love to do and being in a place that feels right to you is extremely important for your happiness! It’s our own “Oregon Trail” of sorts! We will move “Charlie the Trailer” up there and continue to live in it. Because let’s be honest, we like being portable!
We don’t know how long we’ll be in Oregon. We like to live moment by moment. We may settle into Oregon or we may stay for several months before moving on to somewhere else! Tyler will start pursuing opportunities once we are in Oregon. So if anyone knows of anything, let us know! I will be continuing to grow my business, so if you or someone you know is looking for a Health & Nutrition Coach, please reach out to me! We’re really excited for this new chapter in our lives! There are so many different ways we can go. But what we know for certain is that we miss Oregon and want to spend time there again and that we were ready to leave California. We are really entering Nomads Land now! And we thank all of you who believe in us and encourage us in all of our crazy adventures! And if you’ve ever thought of doing the unthinkable… just do it!
I thought I’d leave you all with an anonymous quote I found that really sums it all up:
“One fine day, it will be your turn. You will leave homes, cities, and countries to pursue grander ambitions. You will leave friends and possibilities for the chance to roam the world and make deeper connections. You will defy your fear of change, hold your head high and do what you once thought was unthinkable: walk away. And it will be scary. At first. But what I hope you’ll find in the end is that in leaving, you don’t just find love, adventure, or freedom. More than anything, you find you.”