I think I’ve been thinking about this move to Santa Cruz all wrong.
It’s hard to let go of a place that you love, and so it has been hard to let go of my time in Portland, Oregon. Probably one of the best places I can imagine living, anywhere in the world. The Northwest is just a different type of place. A slower pace of life, a more earth centric way of living, friendly down-to-earth people, and unbelievable food; just to mention a few things. I really did love it there, but we moved to Santa Cruz to be closer to family – which was a VERY good decision.
But like I said, I’ve been thinking about this all wrong. I think, deep down, I’ve been a little bitter about having to leave Portland – but it doesn’t have to be that way. It just depends on how I look at it.
What I realized tonight, is that now begins a new chapter in my life. Sure it’s cliche and all to say “thus begins a new chapter” – but it’s true. Let’s see, I can summarize the last 10 – 15 years in chapters:
- 1997-2001 High School
- 2001-2003 The Dark ages (aka, Moorpark College, travelling, and the lung collapse)
- 2003-2004 Azusa Pacific, transformation, Robin Dawn Harrold
- 2005-2008 Youth Ministry years, married life, the beginning of Parenting
- 2008-2011 Portland, Oregon, Web Design, more parenting
- I can learn a lot from my in-laws, as well as my parents
- I will learn a lot about building things: fences, patios, play-houses, gardens, etc.
- I can enter into my thirties, and actually become an adult that cares about adult things (like my children’s education, our communities safety, etc)