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

Stars Lead the Way #100ittybittyblogposts

Tonight I was driven home under the stars of a southern California sky.

The breeze blew and the stars were constant.

The trees swayed and the stars were constant.

I was swept away and the stars were constant.

The moon was happy tonight.

xo Jen

Someone Else's Shoes #100ittybittyblogposts

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Have you ever reacted to someone else’s great news in a surprisingly negative way at first? If so… did you sit with it and think, huh, that was weird. Did you ask yourself, why did that just happen? I don’t like that feeling. Where is that coming from and why?

I did, and then I asked myself, Do I Want to Be in Someone Else’s Shoes?

I’m not sure I know the answer to that question yet. I’ll have to keep asking. I’ll have to find my path forward. How about you?

xo Jen

I Used to Write Poems... #100ittybittyblogposts

I used to write poems when I was in high school. They lived on for a while in a notebook where I would reread them every now and again. I would remember what drove me to write them. I would remember how they just flowed, no oversight, no correction… perhaps no good.

I used to write poems in high school, and it always made me happy to reread them. There was some kind of magic there. Some grasping at the stars, some freedom and some confidence. Those poems were for me and not for you. Those poems were pure and they were true.

Maybe I’ll write myself a new poem. If I do, I won’t tell you about it. It won’t be for you.

xo Jen