Thursday, December 5, 2013

the good life.

hey guys! i'm not sure why it's taken me so long to return to this space! it seems the longer it's been, the harder it is to jump back in because i just don't know where to begin. our new life in Portland has been pretty wonderful. i struggled with bouts of anxiety at the beginning (which i don't think was helped by our Breaking Bad marathons), but i feel like within the past month, i've started to find my rhythm and really start to settle in and feel like myself again. our house has started to feel more like a home (i wasn't really feeling it at first). there are so many amazing things about living in Portland, between all of the local farm stands/markets & amazing produce, endless mind-blowing (and reasonably priced) restaurants, gorgeous hikes, cheap/fun/unique entertainment options, the laid-back lifestyle, no sales tax(!).. and yea i could go on for awhile. yea, i would say it's a pretty incredible place to live & i get why Portlandians take so much pride in their cityi literally gasp every time i suddenly get a glimpse of majestic Mt. Hood. it's hard to believe it's real, that i get to live somewhere with so much natural beauty, and with such an appealing lifestyle.

i'm actually at 'home' (in Michigan) right now for the holidays. i get to stay a whole month because of my flexible work situation (i work remotely from Portland & am working in the office while i'm here). i'm learning to be more thankful for the flexibility, i think i generally take it for granted. i am a pretty bad complainer actually. anyway -- i am happy to get lots of time with my family and friends (and their cute babies). it's been so great being at my parents' house, especially with my brother here too. missing joel though, i will be very happy when he's back here next friday.. this is the longest we've been apart. need to get in lots of girl time in the meantime!


Linnea Wheeler said...

Oh, ya, Breaking Bad...I cried my eyes out and could hardly sleep after watching episodes! It was a great show though, for it's honesty and the point it gets across. I just wish it weren't real life for so many people! breaks my heart. Anyhow...!!

So glad you are feeling at home in Portland! And so glad you are enjoying being home in MI too right now for the holidays. Wish we could come visit! Have a bright and merry Christmas! I've got your card you sent us last year up as decoration :) love it.

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

i spy meeee!

i am so glad you are loving the pacific northwest life. come to seattle soon?

Kelly said...

I'm glad you are enjoying your new home state! Looking forward to reading more about your adventures! :)

Brooke said...

enjoy your time at home! xo

becca said...

your. hair.

Emmett Katherine said...

it's always hard to move to a new place, it takes awhile to settle in. nice to hear you're adjusting and doing well :) hope you enjoyed your month at home with your family!

Emmett - Hippie Lace