I haven’t blogged in so long it’s hard to know where to begin but I think it makes sense to start at the beginning of our new adventure. After selling our home in Fort Worth in May we drove cross country to return to the Northeastern part of the USA. I lived in NYC until I was ten but afterward the lower Hudson River Valley was my home. It was so beautiful but like most young people spending their teenage years in a small town all I ever wanted to do was leave! After moving to NYC, I moved to Dallas and lived there for 10 years prior to meeting Benjamin. I loved Dallas and it was the perfect place for me career wise and personally at that time of my life. It was the first time outside of college that I lived away from New York. Our life together has been a series of moves (10 times in 25 years…all work related) but this was the very FIRST time we got to CHOOSE where we wanted to live. The options were daunting, but the landscape of my childhood was calling me and luckily B had spent time in the Hudson River Valley and loved it too so it was a go!
We were doing this on our own, no safety net, no corporate relocation back to wherever after 2-3 years. This was our choice, we were charting new territory and it was very scary and filled with more “what ifs” that I ever imagined. But we went with what was speaking to our hearts and our souls. It was a calling that we had to heed. Of course, I used my usual decision making metric question, “What is the worst thing that can happen?” and as long as I could live with that I was ready and B was too.
We narrowed the geography from as far south as Annapolis/Washington D.C and as far north as Boston. We asked ourselves and each other lots of hard questions about places we had lived, what we loved, what we didn’t and most importantly what were our dreams. We even had a list of “features” we were looking for in a place and a home and we ranked them in order of importance. Yes, that is what happens when two Capricorns fall in love and spend a life together. Tied for 1st place on our list were ACCESS (as in how many people/places that we loved were easily accessible and could be driven to) and A VIEW. Both of these were influenced by our time in Switzerland where we had the incredible good fortune of waking up each day to an ever-changing view of the French Alps across Lake Geneva AND we could get on a train and be in so many different and interesting places for the weekend.
So here we are… in Litchfield, Connecticut. Situated in the NW corner of the state where I can be in New York or Massachusetts in less than an hour, NYC 2.25 hours (same for Boston). Cape Code is just 3.25 hours away, Vermont less than 2.5. There are so many fun things to do and the weather and nature can’t be beat.
I recognize now that what we did took courage but we have been happy, “annoyingly happy” as my friend Ruth would say. Moving is stimulating… I feel curious/inspired/hopeful/energized but mostly I feel “at home” and like I belong here.
As we drive the country roads, or take in our view from the terrace, or work in the garden I notice I feel grounded, safe and inspired…. to learn new things, to meet new people and yes as always to write. Following your dreams might be scary but it is also liberating and filled with great life lessons. Always follow your heart and trust your gut. As Goethe said, “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” I am so very grateful for all of the forces that convened to help make this happen including encouragement from friends and family, my guardian angels and Spirit.
I need to find a better format for this blog so that I can organize by topic. If any of you have any ideas/thoughts on that please feel free to make recommendations. In the meantime bear with me as I navigate this site, my new locale and my new life. My obviously very wise friend Ruth once told me that “I bloom where I am planted” and I think she is right about that and blooming is a good thing!