Countdown to a new life begins…

Most of my friends and family now know of my impending plans and the consensus is either I’m awesome for trying or completely crazy. Incidentally, that consensus is pretty much the same in my head. I’ve found an adorable little house in Montana that I’m going to rent. Its in the small town square and it is 100 years old! I have a feeling it’s going to be as much of a character as anyone I meet on my journey.  Oh, I completely forgot to introduce you to my traveling companion who will be starting a new life as well – my two year old beagle, Loretta. Thankfully, she’s a good traveler – 2000 miles is a long way to go with a grumpy dog.

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To be 30 and still feel 17

So at thirty years old I find myself already bemoaning my lost youth and now preparing to share my feelings of shame and loss with the world. Okay so it may not be as bad as all that, but turning the big 3-0 really knocked me for a loop in ways I never expected. When you are in your twenties you still have a ‘get out of jail’ free card on stupid behavior because you’re young and you’re supposed to sow those wild oats while you still can. At thirty your oats are expected to be sown and especially if you are a woman, you are expected to be a full fledged member of the adult community complete with house, husband, great career, and child in tow.  You are not expected to be me – single, childless, and recently unemployed. Oh it gets worse people, I quit my cushy teaching position to sow some oats – some really, really wild oats. I’ve always done what was safe and expected and by thirty if that route was for me, well it should have worked by now – right? So I’m doing the unexpected from now on. I quit my job to write full time and in two weeks I’m moving from Virginia to a small secluded northwest Montana town. I know no one there, I have no gameplan, and I couldn’t be more excited. Please join me on this journey of discovery for me and hopefully for some of you as well as we navigate the waters of our adult lives and become lost no more!