We’re moving to Oregon!

WHOA.

Hi guys.

If you’re not following me on Instagram… well, then I’m not sure how you got here. BUT, if you ARE, you may have noticed that we’re moving!!

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Things have been coming together so quickly after having months of research, preparation and SO. MUCH. STRESS. We’ve finally put down a deposit on a tiny apartment in SE Portland, OR. Not only that, but I’ve have one interview so far and another one on the horizon!

The most common question I’ve heard so far is, “Why Oregon?” Well, I’ll tell you why.

BECAUSE I WANT TO.

Hahah, but seriously, I’ve lived on the east coast for almost 30 years (not to include two years that I lived in Kentucky… but.. that’s a horror story for another time) and I’m ready for a change. When Ryan and I vacationed out there last year, I completely fell in love. The people, the topography, the culture, the art… everything about it has been calling to me ever since we got back. Ryan and I made an agreement that we would plan to get out there by my 30th birthday. So, at the time, that gave us just over a year and a half to get our shit together and get serious about the long…. long… LOOOOOOONG drive ahead of us.

Now here we are, just over a year later and everything is starting to fall into place. This is so exciting and absolutely terrifying all at the same time. I know that the drive and the rest of the preparations are going to be stressful; we’ve already told each other how much we love each other and we’ve come to terms with the fact that we’re probably going to be at each other’s throats before the end of the journey.

But that’s OK. It’ll be worth it in the end.

We have less than a month and a half until we get married and then two weeks later… BAI!

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We figured it’s as good a time as any, seeing how we abhor the woman that lives downstairs from us (again, a horror story for another time) and why not start a new year with a new beginning? New lives, new place, new everything.

I’ll update you more, I’m sure as the weeks go on, but here’s the official announcement. I apologize in advance if the blog goes dead for a month or two until we get settled into our new place, but I promise I’ll at least TRY to get a few recipes up around the holidays to keep you satisfied.

So, question time:

Has anyone made a long-distance move like this? What are some words of wisdom you can give us? Anything you wish you could have done differently?

Let me know in the comment section!

-Kiwi

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4 thoughts on “We’re moving to Oregon!

  1. Declutter.
    No seriously do it now, anything you do not love and do not use, sell it, donate or toss. You don’t realise how much crap you have until you have to unpack everything.
    Put all the clothes you won’t wear on your road trip in space bags with dryer sheets, I used the roll pack and got nearly a whole closet in a jumbo bag, way better than boxes (still heavy AF!) Consider shipping totes of essentials ahead of yourself (pots, pans, kitchen shit mostly) slightly pricey but comforting and it pays for itself (so you don’t have to purchase temp stuff until your own arrives)
    Set aside a bag or suitcase for important documents(birth certificates, diplomas,marriage license, passports, ect.) you don’t want them getting lost on the way, so keep them close!

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    1. YAAAAS! We’ve been slowly downsizing our lives over the last several months to reduce the amount of stuff we need to bring with us. I’ve also been using certain clothing items as packing fluff to keep breakables from getting obliterated. I definitely intend on keeping our lock boxes with important documents (licenses, vet records, etc) in the car with us. The worst part (I don’t know if you could consider it that…) is that we need to ship our stuff 3 weeks before we actually leave in order for us to schedule a delivery for when we arrive. I’ll be a very boring 3 weeks, but totally worth it in the end!! Thanks so much for your advice ❤

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      1. 3 weeks isn’t bad! I typically had to wait 3 months just to get my stuff (yay military moves) when in doubt airbnb is a pretty good help for when you don’t have much, typically the host will let you use their stuff, definitely cheaper than hotels and pretty darn fun. Plus you can usually find pet friendly spots with fenced yards!

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      2. Uugh I can sympathize with you there. Military moves are the WORST. We’re hoping we won’t have to stop too many times at a hotel/motel; but when we DO, it’ll be to rest for a few hours and get back on the road.

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