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Starting a new adventure

Last night we officially walked out of our apartment here in Seattle for the last time. When we moved-in two years ago, we dubbed this place our “Honeymoon Apartment” in order to validate the fact that it was JUST a bit outside our initial budget and also way more accommodating than we could have ever imagined. A honeymoon it sure was.

We had some really great moments in that place. I learned how to cast a fly rod on the roof, we hosted some amazing friends, we survived rocked our first two years of marriage and spent countless nights lounging next to the rooftop grill quietly staring at the mountains. We both became “real grown-ups” here and we’ll always have these memories to look back on.

Neither of us expected to fall in love with Seattle as much as we have. We understood that with most of our family and friends in the middle-to-eastern side of the country, a move out west was going to take some getting used to. I for one, fully expected us to be back in Minnesota by now. We’d probably be finding a house, a black lab would be running around and we’d be well on our way to becoming the midwestern family we’ve always known.

Seattle changed us. And we like it.

We smile at every glimpse of the mountains, crave the smell of a salt-water beach, wear our raincoats like a badge of honor, drink our beer a little more bitter and even base our dining places on the proximity of the farms that supply them. The Pacific Northwest in general has continued to charm us around every corner and switchback we take.

Well, why are we leaving? (trust me, we have asked ourselves that countless times over the past year) The answer lies somewhere in the unknown… Our experience with Seattle has opened our eyes to what lies beyond what we know and has established a sense of wonder and amazement for new experiences and new places. We know that Seattle will always be here and we can always come back. However, there might never be a time in our lives where starting an excursion like this will be as accessible.

What we’re up to:

Kayla has secured a great opportunity to work as a traveling nurse, which will allow her to further develop her career in nursing while also providing us the opportunity to travel the country and explore new areas. This means that she will be experiencing new hospitals, systems and co-workers on a regular basis, based on wherever there is a need for more nurses. The typical assignment will keep us in a single location for roughly three months and located all throughout the country. It’ll be a challenge for sure, but ultimately a great way to create a well-rounded set of skills and experiences to drawn upon.

For me, I will be continuing my work as a freelance web designer. I simply need a laptop and an internet connection to do my job, so I’m assuming that I’ll know the local coffee shops and co-working offices quite well. I’ve been lucky enough to fill my weeks with a few great clients that have projects and needs that stretch well into the next year or so, so my days won’t look too different than what they do now. The only difference is that I just might be working from a beach in Hawaii at some point.

We’ve got all of our “stuff” either in a storage unit or in our car, which means that we’ve downsized our things, taken inventory of what we truly “need” and will be living our lives with the ability to pick up and move at a moment’s notice.

It’s refreshing. Almost a new-beginning of sorts. We won’t know where the next assignment will be until it’s almost a month away or even know where we’ll be living until a mere couple weeks before we’re there. Patience, trust and faith are going to be key skills that we will undoubtedly have mastered by the time we’re done traveling.

We’ve been very fortunate.

Over the past three years, we have developed some very deep relationships with amazing people that we’ll miss greatly. This is probably the toughest part about leaving Seattle. Looking back on all the people that we’ve gotten to know-and-spend a good chunk of our lives with is quite humbling. We’ve attended their weddings, visited their newborn babies, (unofficially) adopted their dogs, camped, hiked, fished, traveled and laughed with some truly incredible people and we are thankful that these relationships will continue develop no matter where we’re at.

So it’s bittersweet that we’ll be saying goodbye to Seattle in a couple of days, but we’ve become better people and our lives have been ever affected by this amazing place.