How did we know?

How do you know when it’s time to pack up and leave your comfort zone? To experience something new. Not everyone feels that urge and is quite comfortable in their zone. But I wanted more, so when did I know it was time?

For me, I really started to feel myself performing the same routine week after week, not really venturing out and seeing new faces or places. I had such a spark in my heart for Seattle when I first came to visit, in 2001, and it only grew stronger once I finally moved here in the summer of 2006. Seattle was everything to me, and I just knew this was where I needed to be at that point in my life. I also felt strongly that some pretty significant things would happen for me here ((I just know these things)).


I’ve had some of the best times here. It really has a small-world vibe, and everyone has some sort of link to one another (Kevin Bacon is not even involved!). Some of our friends began moving away, and our circle became non-existent. We didn’t venture out and meet anyone new (ever heard of the Seattle Freeze?). Our jobs started to consume our minds six to seven days a week. We both commuted 40 minutes outside the city, in opposite directions of course, not to mention long work days. When the sun is shining from high up in the regal blue skies, there is no denying this is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever been. But it wasn’t enough. The long, gray winters became particularly rough on my mental well-being. And I wanted out of the routine. I knew there was something else out there for us ((told you I know these things)).

Then came the slew of constant questioning and dialogue between Andrew & me. Should we really leave? Are we ready to leave? We are not ready to settle down, are we? Where do we go? Close to family, or closer to amazing sunny-days-year-round type areas? Which of us can get the job that can get us to a new location first? Should we just sell our stuff and travel for a while? Can we afford to take time away from working to travel? We received the nudge we needed when our landlords broke the news to us they’d sold the house and we would have to move by early October. Here’s our chance to choose adventure. YES.


I wish I could recall the very point in time when this specific plan was solidified. Over the past seven months, our plans have evolved into present day form: drive across USA, spend time with both sets of family & friends, fly to England to spend the maximum time possible, and use England as a base for European travel. When we informed our families of our ideas, they were thrilled for us and supported it 100% (BTW we have the best families EVER). We just knew, THIS IS IT!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. BK says:

    Mary—Great idea this blog thing. I look forward to checking in every so often. Once you cross the Atlantic, if you need any “on the ground” input about Munich/South Bavaria and/or Hamburg/northern Germany area let me know. Have quite a bit of experience at those locations. Been to a lot of other places in Europe (Madrid, Split (Croatia), Varna (Bulgaria), Rome, Paris, Berlin to name a few) but that was a long time ago. I am sure you will have plenty of planning resources, but if a question pops up that you need some help with or would like a bit of input feel free to drop me a line. Have fun and take time to enjoy each and every moment.

    BTW, I am very disappointed “one hot tamale” was not checked….. 🙂

    1. Mary says:

      Thanks, Brent! Will keep you on stand-by. Hoping we get to Germany, for sure, and Croatia would be great, too. Sorry to disappoint you on the card! Ha.

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