July 5, 2016 I quit my job and gave up my rental and started the biggest adventure of my life. I have been a mom pretty much my entire adult life – my kid was born the first term of my sophomore year in college. This year my kid turned 17…one more year of childhood, and it really hit hard that I have no clue what adulthood looks like without a child to care for. A wide variety of emotional responses ensued, but the strongest thought was, “I have raised my kid to be independent and venture off into the world, and now it’s time for me to decide what MY future looks like…” Oh God, that is a scary wide open expanse….
And so, the summer of 2016, while my kid was visiting dad in Florida, I quit my job, gave up the rental in Portland, OR, sold most of my large belongings, packed the rest in a 5×10 storage unit, and on July 12, took to the road in my 2008 Scion xB with my home built 5×8 Teardrop trailer in tow.
My main objective was to find some place new to settle – a fresh start that was 100% mine. I had been racing my bike a lot in Washington the first half of the year, and had a cousin willing to house me in her backyard up there, so after a tour of Oregon to visit family, I headed to Shoreline, WA on July 17 to see how it suited me.
I had an amazing summer filled with friends and bicycle riding, but was unsure as the end of summer approached and my kid returned home if I had it in me to start over in a new state. We spent all of September and half of October in Saginaw, OR at my sister’s house – me living in the trailer in the yard as I had done at my cousin’s all summer and my kid in the guest room. As winter approached and the weather got colder, this was not a sustainable living situation, so I decided to take another leap and apply for jobs in the Tacoma/Seattle area of Washington.
So, fast-forward to now (December 2016) and my kid and I are settled in a duplex in Gig Harbor/Wauna, WA. I am back to working a 9-5 job for now and my kid is finishing up high school online. I intend to enjoy the last year that my kid is still a kid, and hopefully a little longer as high school is completed. Once that is done, I intend to venture out yet again, this time on a year-long gypsy adventure, but in the meantime, I plan to have lots more mini adventures. My goal is to post every Tuesday…it could be a weekend adventure, a flashback from my Gypsy Summer, or a rambling on some insight I gained when I turned my life upside down and started fresh. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!