Mile High News Alert – The Averys are Moving!
it’s true – we are moving to the mile high city of denver, colorado! although we absolutely love portland, it is time to be closer to family. this wasn’t a super straight forward or easy decision to make and has involved lots of tears but ultimately it is the right move for us at this time in our lives. plus, the next 15 days show constant rain here in portland so bring on the sunny days, even if it’s negative 2 out in colorado!
heck, we left portland for 6 months and moved to texas/traveled to 50 cities when we first started our business in 2013 and then came back so who knows. for now though, we know it’s the right move. the past 7 years in portland have been such an important part of our lives.
i am originally from colorado so a piece of my heart has always been there. it’s where my husband and i fell in love and we are excited to explore a gorgeous state as slightly more grown-up. i say slightly because the frequency we still eat cereal for dinner during the week hasn’t changed much from college.
plus, i haven’t lived near denver since i was 18 so it’s basically a brand new city, full of adventures to see and delicious food to eat.
my soulfriend lindsey sent me the colorado hat last year for my birthday (it’s already birthday month again – YAY) and her sister made it! you are in luck – she has an etsy shop and can make one for you or the little humans in your life!
because we are who we are, we put together a pro/con list before we made the final decision (this has been being talked about for a while and was 97% decided in october). here is a snapshot of the pros and cons of moving to colorado:
- denver is an awesome city with lots to do in the city and in nature
- closer to family
- family can help with our future children more than friends might be willing to
- lots of sunshine! 300+ days to be exact!
- closer to ravery’s parents, as opposed to opposite coasts
- the projected earthquake won’t swallow us
- more centrally located to work in different states
- much larger airport so less connections and more direct flights
- nothing is permanent so we are dreaming big to eventually have a home in both cities!
- it’s a new adventure!
- chelsea has a closer attachment to CO because that’s where she’s from
- portland is our city – we grew through our 20s together and it’s hard to leave
- we are leaving some very special friends
- the housing market is insanely high and competitive right now but doesn’t offer the same cute neighborhoods as portland
- while we know people in colorado, we have changed so much and our lives look different -we may not necessarily want to spend time with people from our past and that’s awkward (may sound harsh, but it is honest)
- we have to move our business/create a new one
- no longer living on the river in our pretty perfect apartment
the timeline is soon as our lease is up at the end of february. we are in the midst of looking for a place we would like in denver. we would rent downtown but with rents so high there, my stepdad is helping us explore options of potentially buying a house.
yeah, it’s wild and crazy but for some reason i don’t have as much anxiety as i expected. i know things will work out and fall into place. i know portland will always hold a deep part of our souls and we will back often.
really, as long as i have this guy by my side, i am as happy as this otter was to climb him like a tree. (more photos of playing with animals can be found here, including a lemur courting me).
cheers to new adventures, making decisions even when they are tough and to focusing less on the anxiety of change and more on the excitement of a new adventure!