It’s a big day around the Brooks-McLatchie household, not only are we celebrating David’s birthday with a few more gray hairs, but as this post goes live we are being launched into the skies with our stomachs full of butterflies to find our NEXT home.
Scrapping ice off my windshield in Kansas City, I vividly remember my frozen breathe as I grumbled “Someday I’ll live somewhere warm year round.”
It wasn’t the first time I thought about living somewhere else.
I’d always been fascinated with what was out there, applying to tons of jobs my Senior year of college that were far, far away from Missouri. It didn’t have anything against Missouri (except winter), I just had an idea that seeing other places would inevitably change me. Then I fell in love with a quiet, professional man from Iowa who at first told me he didn’t have much interest in travel. Of course, I merely saw this as a challenge, not an obstacle. Thus within our first year of dating we’d tested the waters with a weekend in San Fransisco and then obliterated his comfort zone by leaving the country for…Mexico.
Since then he’s become every bit as enthralled with seeing new places as me and our passports have begun filling (in fact they expire soon, it’s been so long!) quite nicely. We even toyed with an international move at one point!! But nope not this time.
Anyhow back to the move…but first let’s talk about our FIRST move…it’s called suspense…unless you just scroll to the bottom.
After all my Kansas City winters of bemoaning iced streets, Miami sounded like heaven when David’s company told us that was to be our next location.
I envisioned days spent on the beach, by the pool and of course sunshine year round!!I wasn’t totally wrong!
We met some amazing people, whom I still call close friends, and we spent a lot of time exploring everything that South Florida had to offer. But it wasn’t quite the right fit for us…it’s a late night, flash your money kind of city and well…I think you know I’m asleep by 10 to get up for an early run!
It always amused me to be starting my run and find that people were still out partying from the night before. It did not amuse me that even in January at 5AM it was 85 degrees and 90% humidity. Maybe I’m a weenie, but I just didn’t enjoy that.
After four years of fun, his company put us on the road again, but this time just 4 hours North to Orlando. Again I met some lovely people, we found a place in this cool neighborhood you see below…but it was always a temporary home.
We knew we weren’t staying.
We enjoyed it, but weren’t totally invested in life there
We have been waiting for 6 months now for his company to give us some news.
Which leads me to what you all want to know….
WHERE ARE WE GOING NOW?!
We are officially trading in our flip flops for snow boots.
YUP after years of saying I was going to figure out how to make a happen to somewhere that I thought would fit us better, it’s happening. And fast!
As noted we’re just on our way there now to find a place, so I can’t answer all your burning questions! But here is what I do know:
Where: Denver metro area for now
When: Our Orlando condo will be empty before Thanksgiving…then we’ll be homeless for a bit.
How: David decided to look for a new job in a place we really wanted to live!
Why: We think Colorado fits the outdoor, laid back lifestyle we want.
And yes having made this decision we are simultaneously thrilled and terrified! We haven’t been through a real winter since 2009, we don’t even remember what it’s like to need to warm up the car or shovel or OMG not wear shorts year round!Amanda (aka @runtothefinish) is moving to #Denver and needs #running buddies! Know someone?? Say hello! Click To Tweet
Have you ever made a big move?
Know anyone I need to meet in Colorado??
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