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

Leaving California #100ittybittyblogposts

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Yesterday we left southern California behind. We hit the road in two vehicles heading north towards our new home. It was a gorgeous day for a farewell. We’re trading in palm trees for fir trees, and jammed freeways for quieter streets.

The magic of California will always bring us back for time wandering in the redwoods and it’s many amazing parks. We will be back for visits, and perhaps a bit of work now and then, but we were ready to say goodbye to southern California as our home.

Peace out Cali! xo Jen

The End of an Era

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Yesterday, the movers came. They wrapped and packed. They lifted and carried. I watched as they carefully loaded my studio equipment into the truck, not knowing how long it will be until I get to unwrap the boxes and sit at my workbench again.

Just after sunset they drove away with most of our belongings. Strangely, I felt this sense of ease and calm descend. They were removing all the things that we’ve been moving and shuffling around for the last couple years. I didn’t have to worry about these things for the time being. Glorious.

As I felt this sense of relief I realized it was because almost everything we owned was now in one place. I didn’t have to feel scattered any more. We had a new plan in place, and it was moving forward.

See, three years ago we remodeled our house and started renting it. We moved from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for what we thought was a permanent change. It didn’t work out that way.

Nine months later we bought a 40’ fifth wheel and a giant pickup to haul it around and we moved into an RV. Now some of our belongings were in our RV, some stored in Santa Barbara, most of our furniture in our rental house, and some boxes at my Mom’s.

We were spread out all over the place and for the next year and a half we bounced around from location to location in between work demands. While many people said we were living the dream, it just didn’t feel that way. Unexpectedly, I ended up feeling a little lost without a central home base..

Fast-forward to now, we’ve sold our beloved house that we’ve lived in for the last twelve years. It was the first place where my husband and I lived together. It was also the first and only place I lived in in Los Angeles after moving here from Wisconsin. Casa Lopez (yes, we named our house) was the first house we remodeled together. In the end we had turned it in to something really special. We will miss it immensely.

Now we’ve got a few weeks of staying with my Mom, before we move into our RV for a few months. In the new year, we’ve got a big adventure coming up. I’ll share more about our move as things crystalize. For now it’s time to take a breather and move into the start of the holiday season with a little lightness.