I flew to Oregon last Thursday for a four-day expedition to see where John and I would live in the near future. The lady I sat next to on the plane started in asking all sorts of questions and had a response or new question for every answer I gave her.
Her: "Why are you going?"
Me: "To look for a property to buy."
Her: "What are you looking for exactly?"
Me: "I'll know it when I see it."
Her: "What about work?"
Me: "Things will fall into place as needed."
Before I buried my nose in my work because I really didn't want to share my entire personal life with a stranger she commented that, "I always thought of myself as the ultimate optimist, but you have me beat!"
She's right about that. Everytime I've set my mind on something, and I've made some pretty risky changes many times over in my life, I've always landed on my feet. I believe this next chapter is one of those moments. Except this time I'm not doing it alone; I have a partner who has a say in the outcome and I have to consider his opinion on things and his way is to proceed methodically and with some idea of where we will end up. That, I have to say is hard to deal with for someone like me. When something feels right, I know it - right away and I usually grab the opportunity immediately.
This fact-finding trip has been successful. We haven't made any decisions but I sure did find out a lot. I looked at several properties: some vacant land
and some with homes on them I wouldn't step foot in much less live in.
I met with or talked with a few realtors. I became more familiar with the area and determined boundaries of where I would live and where I would not. After many discussions with knowledgeable people I was able to come up with several promising options on how to make the transition.
John and I are foregoing the trip back east we were going to take to celebrate our upcoming 25th wedding anniversary to come up here where we can lay some more groundwork toward our future in a new location. I think that's a fitting anniversary present to us both.
It's back on the plane in the morning to return to familiar. I take with me more knowledge that I gained from being, as I called it, "in the trenches;" information we just couldn't get off of the Internet. And if my plane seatmate has a ton of questions for me, I will have even better answers to give this time around.