Our Move North. #100ittybittyblogposts

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You might have already seen my post on Instagram about our move from southern California to the Oregon coast, but here is a little more of the story…

Three years ago, we moved out of our home in Los Angeles and rented it out for a couple years. We then spent our time traveling some of the western states in our 5th wheel (a type of RV / trailer) and truck. When we weren’t on the road we stayed in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles with family.

We were searching. We were searching for the place where the next chapter of our lives could unfold. We looked into several areas in northern California, but nothing was quite right for everything we want out of our lives.

It’s been six years since we made the commitment to leave LA. We are looking to slow down the pace of life a bit, to have some space, spend more time in nature and live in a place that will help facilitate both my husband and I pursuing our art careers without working another job just to pay the bills.

At the end of January we started up into the southwest corner of Oregon for a trip up the coast and into Washington. Spoiler… we never made in to Washington. We loved the Oregon coast more and more as we moved north and it became clear that this place was somewhere we were interested in learning more about. We visited galleries, hiked trails, explored towns and stared at the ocean for hours.

Then we decided to pull the trigger. We picked an area near Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria to look for a rental, and we found something magical. We moved up this week and my Mom will be moving up in May after she retires. Sometimes when things just feel right and even a little easy, it’s a sign.

We can’t wait to learn more about our new area, and hopefully find the perfect place to open up our dream gallery and continue growing our art practices.

Oh, and that view up above… that’s our new backyard, and just over the horizon is a long sandy beach - perfect for long walks. Oregon, we’re digging you.

xo Jen