On September 7, 2018, I said goodbye to my daily life in Portland. As I packed up my house and handed over my office keys, it was both bittersweet and electrifying as big changes tend to be.
After years of planning and plotting, Joey and I finally made the move to Palm Springs with our pets. Itâ€™s been one of the best decisions of our lives but itâ€™s also taken some serious time to adjust to new surroundings and routines.
Dreams do come true but only with a lot of work â€” weâ€™d been planning a move for years but kept hitting roadblocks with multiple offers falling through along the way. What Iâ€™ve learned is that if you really want something to happen, it may not work out the first, second or even third time. That doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not right, it probably just means itâ€™s not the right time. Donâ€™t give up!
Selling our Portland house at the same time we were buying another house in a different state, nearly sight unseen was really stressful and nothing quite lined up so we called an Air bnb home for a few weeks. When we finally moved into our new home, it was small and cozy with a beautiful pool and landscaping but the inside needed a mind boggling amount of work. I ran my business out of a spare bedroom for a few weeks until my temporary studio was up and running. Five months in, weâ€™re finally feeling settled and the house now feels livable.
This year has been off to a great start so far â€” Iâ€™m getting back into teaching after a few year break and Iâ€™m both nervous and excited about it but thatâ€™s where growth happens.
Hereâ€™s to following through with your dreamsâ€¦even if it takes a few tries. â€”Shauna
Photo: Kristin Cofer