And now for the latest news…
We’re moving to Alaska!
So in the last post, I alluded to some pretty big changes coming up, but I didn’t let out the secret just yet. But now you have it. Whaddya think?
I imagine some of you are probably thinking, “What?? Why would anyone ever want to move to Alaska? That’s just craziness.”
Others may be thinking, “Nice! What an awesome thing to do.”
And, I might as well be completely honest here, I’ll admit that I’ve had both thoughts.
On the one hand, moving to Alaska is a little bit crazy.
Daylight is hard to come by in Anchorage during the winter. On the shortest day, it’s dark for about 19 hours. That’s a whole lot of darkness.
It’s really, really ridiculously cold. Average low temperatures in January are in the minuses, and single-digit highs are not uncommon.
It’s really isolated. The nearest major city to Anchorage is thousands of miles away.
But then Alaska is also quite unique and can offer a million once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
You can watch the sky put on one of nature’s best shows: the aurora borealis.
You can see polar bears! In the wild! This is one thing I’d love to do most.
You can go hiking at 11 o’clock at night in the summer.
You can truly find yourself in the middle of nowhere, away from all signs of human life and experience a sense of quiet and solitude that is hard to find anywhere else.
And the thing is, I like to try (most) anything at least once.
That includes living in Alaska. My husband and I also lived in the 50th state (Hawaii), so we figured we might as well do the 49th, too! (And in case you were wondering, no, we’re not planning to make our way through the 50 states. :)
One of the best parts of this plan, though, is that it’s not forever.
Not because I’m already looking forward to when we leave Alaska, but because I’ve found that when I have a limited amount of time in one place, I tend to do more, see more, and experience more because I don’t know when I’ll be back again. When you have forever to do something, it’s all too easy to never get around to actually doing it.
We both know that Alaska, long term, is not the ideal place for us. (It really is too cold most of the time.) But we’re gonna just go for it for a year, live it up while we’re there and then set off on a new adventure.
The biggest thing I hope to always keep in mind is that, no matter where I am, it’s important to enjoy the journey.