May 05, 2014

So... I'm About to Move Across the Country

created at: 05/05/2014

You might notice things slowing down here a bit over the next few weeks. I'm about to embark on a serious new adventure and move 2500 miles away.    It's certainly the biggest life change I've ever taken on, and it's one born out of a sense of commitment to the things I try to share here on ManMade everyday: take risks, surround yourself with things that inspire you, and do what you can to craft and handmake the kind of lifestyle that makes you feel like the best guy you can be. 

The move is intentional: I'm lucky to be able to work from anywhere with an internet connection and a place to put my tools, and my wife has requested a transfer for her career and is ironing out the details. When we got married and went on our honeymoon two years ago, we visited the Pacific Northwest, and we fell in love. The combination of outdoor activities and city life, geography and culture, innovation and creativity and intentional living encouraged us to set about creating the kind of home and community that we wanted for our family. I felt like I was home for the first time in my life. 

So, we worked our butts off to make it happen: we paid off many thousands of dollars of debt and created a healthy savings account. We reduced our stuff and physical possessions by a great deal. We became a one car family. We set up a next-step plan for my wife's career and transitioning from her job as the founding director of a non-profit, and we began having difficult but meaningful and rewarding conversations with our friends and family. 

And now, we're going. Next Tuesday, we're moving to Portland, OR. We'll be taking the long route, visiting several friends, four National Parks, a bunch of other National and State monuments throughout the Northern part of the US. We'll drive more than 3,000 miles over eight days. We'll sleep on floors and in tents, and if everything works out, our boxes will show up and we'll show up and we'll now live four time zones away.

I know people do this kind of stuff all the time, but I've never lived anywhere than in the state I was born, and neither has anyone in my family for many generations before me. Some of our friends and family have been supportive, and some are pretty angry at us. I might even lose a few people over this. So, it's a pretty big cultural and practical shift for most of my world, and while scary and difficult (and expensive,) it's the absolute right move, and I suspect a good one for ManMade, as well. 

I'll still be around, but if you notice things are kinda light around here, I appreciate your patience. I'll catch up with you in a few weeks, and hopefully will have some cool stories to share. 

I'll be sharing my experiences on the ManMade Instagram page I've been thinking about trying a hashtag: something like #GoWestYoungManMade. Lemme know what you think.

Thanks, friends. 


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laura on Jun 05, 2014:

Hope the move went well! Glad you're back. I've missed ManMade!

Anonymous on May 24, 2014:

You moved from Columbus ohio? We love near there and love your blog and want to move out west too :)

Robert on May 13, 2014:

Good luck with the transition! My wife and I are going there this Friday for 10 days. Our intention is to scout the city for it's potential as a place for us to live. It probably won't happen for another couple years (although you never know) but we are excited to see what Portland has to offer.

Anonymous on May 07, 2014:

Great news!

andrew on May 07, 2014:

Good luck! My wife and I are doing the same type of move, arizona to the midwest, in a month. Its a big endeavor, but you have to chase your dreams.

drew USCG on May 07, 2014:

As a person who has moved across country from one coast to the other 9 times now I feel your excitement, stress and all the above. Iam in the military and I do this every 3 to 4 years...enjoy the drive and don't rush it. Its a great experience not many have..best of wishes and a safe journey

Jessica W on May 07, 2014:

good luck with the move, I am sure you will love and it and have definitley worked hard to make this possible. 

Colin on May 07, 2014:

Good luck! I find this as more than coincidence as I am planning on doing the reverse of the same trek from LA to Boston.  Going through similar conversations with my family and friends.  Its tough, but I feel it will be worth it.  The job search process for me is daunting seeing as how I will not be able to work from home (I'm currently an administrator for a nonprofit arts organization). Definitely a huge layer of stress but again, excited to see who I am on the other side of things.  I'm a relatively new follower to ManMade, excited to see how things turn out for you!

Anonymous on May 06, 2014:

Welcome to Portland.  Its a wild world out here.  Buy ya a beer when ya get here

Alexandra Hedin on May 06, 2014:

Wahoo!  Welcome to the Northwest!

bruno on May 06, 2014:

Wow. Kind of unreal to think this is actually happening. You'll do great, and we can't wait to see you!

Nathan on May 06, 2014:

Praying for you and your family. Job 42:2

Shane on May 05, 2014:

More power to ya!!! Have a great trip and enjoy the adventure. I'm sorry you may have some family and friends that don't understand but you and your wife will benifit from this and that is what's important!

Russell on May 05, 2014:

Good luck, have fun and be safe!

Micaela on May 05, 2014:

Good luck! I wish you both lots of serendipity. I love your blog!