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Four Years Ago

Four years ago today, it was snowing as I drove north through Redding, California. I was driving up I-5, the spine of the west coast, on my way from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. I had a kitty in the passenger seat, and a car stuffed with boxes of clothes, camping gear, books and whatever else I could fit.

At the end of the road was a new city I didn’t know. No job. No apartment. No friends or familiar faces.

It sounds reckless and scary, and I guess it was. I wouldn’t recommend doing such a thing now, four years later, considering the economy and being more familiar with the job market in Portland.

But would I recommend moving to a new city alone? Doing something scary? Leaving the comfort of the familiar for something new?

Unequivocally, YES. A thousand times, YES. It has been, without a doubt, one of the best things that I’ve ever done.



  1. Every so often, when I get bogged down with setbacks on the plan to move west, you reference your move and I am again inspired. Thank you for that.

  2. even though my adventure hasn’t turned out as well as yours has, lol, i do not regret it. change is sometimes a good thing.

  3. I stumbled across your blog via the Oregon Coast FB page. I had posted a photo and on that site is where I saw the link to your blog. I check it out, started reading and was hooked by your snarky style of writing, then I realized, “holy sh*t, we have a lot in common!” I too, lived in Santa Barbara (Im here now, visiting friends and working), and I moved to Portland last year not knowing a single soul—well, besides one very special person.
    Anyway, I love your writing style!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Erin! I’d love to take Dave to Santa Barbara sometime. I’m a little worried we might not leave.

      • I know what you mean. However, I can tell you that after being here (and away from California for a year), I am more wide-eyed and open to the ‘California ways’ and ‘tudes so predominate in this particular area. I do love the sun and surf, flora and fauna that paints an eternal smile on my face and soul, but it’s quickly washed away by the short-tempered, self-centered-ness here. And, I say this with complete honesty, as I never, ever, ever wanted to leave this place and thought it to be my home and first true love.
        I guess it’s good that Santa Barbara is out of my price league, because I could find a way to deal with the attitudes without assimilating! ;-) But is is a great place to visit!

  4. Aunty Laurie says

    I have ALWAYS admired your Fearlessness when it came to, “Launching yourself off the edge of Your World”, and your willingness to except, and the Ability to capitalize on, whatever the New Adventure might hold! YES Heather, YOU ARE WONDERFUL!! Thanks for sharing! XO

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