Whew! These last few weeks have been a bit of a blur. Preparations for the move are in full swing and oooh boy I can’t wait to share all the juicy details. In all the craziness sometimes Caleb and I just look at each other and still can’t believe we’re finally doing this – moving to Washington – something we’ve been dreaming of for years. We shared the news with our families a little over a year ago. And it feels like I blinked and suddenly we’re picking our official move date and rolling up our sleeves to make it all happen.
I’ve shared a few times that I spent a lot of my childhood summers in Washington State visiting family, and it’s always felt like a second home. It might be an understatement to say we were stoked to share the news with our family. Although knowing how much we love the PNW, I’m not sure anyone was too surprised to hear we’re moving. But – what did surprise me is how many people asked us:
Why are you moving to Washington?
My answer is always the same. I always smile, shrug and say “Because we want to.”
Wanting Vs. Doing
Sometimes when I talk to people about my personal ties to Washington and how excited we are, they understand why we would want to live there. But there’s a difference between wanting to do something and actually making it happen, and it’s huge. Here’s the thing – There are always barriers to the goals we have in our life, and whether there are 10 or 100 makes very little difference to me. Either way I’m going to make it work.
I was at a get together last week with a few photographers & other artists. I’ve been friends with a few of these girls for years and it’s been really fun to see each other grow over the years. I was chatting about our upcoming move and one girl smiled, shook her head and said, “You’ve been working at this for years and it’s finally happening. It’s been a lotta hustle.” And she’s right. I’ve been laying the groundwork for this move for the last 2.5 years, networking with people in Washington, building relationships – real friendships – and in general working on planting roots in preparation for the move. But sometimes that’s what it takes. Tons of hustle and determination.
If you want something badly enough, you find a way to make it happen. I’m a firm believer in moving past thoughts into action. Not that I’m suggesting you make huge life decisions on a whim. I’m just saying if there’s something that really sets your heart on fire, figure out what’s stopping you from wholeheartedly chasing it and find a way to move forward.
I’m an adventurous wedding photographer moving to the west coast after 3 months of living the nomadic life on the road. Before we cozy down in our new home in Washington State, Caleb and I will be traveling and photographing in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Washington State.