Well, the time has come. It was about 2-3 years ago when we decided that we wanted to move to Portland. We’re tired of these grueling Phoenix summers where the normal highs are over 100 degrees for almost 5 months straight. Amongst many reasons, we want to do more outdoor activities year round, more gardening, and be able to have our future children experience a plethora of outdoor activities in the summer time.
Ang and I have joked about the reactions we get when people ask why we’re moving. After people find out that we’re moving, the majority ask the following 2 questions:
- Do you have family out there?
- Are you moving out there for work?
What’s funny is the lack of reaction we get when we answer “no” to both of those questions. Most of the time, people are so dumbfounded that they have no idea what to say next. They literally say nothing at all in response, and the subject changes. We've come to the conclusion that many people are afraid of big changes like moving across the country, especially when there is no job or family waiting on the other end. I'm sure a big part is leaving friends behind, but I guess that's easier for me because I'm not a very social person anyways.
Of course there have been some people that have understood and admired us for moving to chase our dreams and be able to live the life that we’ve imagined, but the numbers are fewer. Now that the time has come, it seems quite surreal. We’ve been talking about it and preparing for it financially for so long that it never seemed like it was gonna get here. But it’s here and staring us in the face, and I’m 10% nervous and 90% excited!
I feel like this big move is the perfect opportunity to make some improvements in my life that I know will help me become a better person, husband, and entrepreneur. I think most of us use the new year to set goals and refocus. It’s not often that you get the opportunity to set goals along with a new job, a new state, a new climate, new friends, new adventures! For some reason, I'm optimistic that I will be able to make some improvements under the new circumstances even though in the back of my mind I'm not sure I'm willing to do what it takes, regardless of a new environment. At some point, I have to look myself in the mirror and realize I've been making excuses and procrastinating making the sacrifices necessary to accomplish my goals. Hopefully I'll get fed up with failure and realize my window of opportunity is closing.
The nervousness that I do have isn't because of the changes that are coming. It's because I know that if I don't step up now and start managing my time better, start focusing more on my goals, start building this business with urgency....it'll probably never happen.