Two and a Half Year Update: Moving Forward

In the Fall of 2016, we left Massachusetts in search of a new life and we found it!  We've met so many wonderful people, had fabulous experiences, and learned a lot about business, life, and ourselves.  But now, you guessed it, we're moving back to New England.  To be perfectly honest, we're homesick.

We absolutely loved our beautiful home on the mountain, the city of Chattanooga, and the friends we made there, but I missed the vibrant art community I had in Massachusetts and Kevin missed the ocean.  Also, despite being in the same country, Southern culture is very different from that of the North.  We never did acclimate.  

Here in New Bern, we have almost the exact opposite situation: we're close to the beach, there's a thriving art scene, and the culture similar to home because of the many New England transplants, but the landscape is depressing.  It's all vertical and horizontal lines: mile upon mile of either tall, thin pine trees or flat fields.  I thought I would get used to it.  It may seem trivial to some people but in Massachusetts and on Lookout Mountain, I spent time outside almost every single day.  Now, I rarely go outside.  Besides simply being unappealing, the grass is filled with spiders, there are huge snakes living under our house, and apparently, there are alligators in the rivers.  Not very inviting.

Neither of us is happy and we've had many discussions about what to do.  Since we keep talking about finding a place "like New England" to move to, perhaps it makes the most sense to simply move back to New England.  No, the things that made us want to leave haven't changed but we now realize that it's those things that are part of the flavor of New England.  Even though we've put a lot of time, energy, and money into making this house our dream home, with plans for an AirBnb apartment and yurt rentals for yoga retreats in the future, we've decided to fix it up to sell instead. 

      

The past two and a half years could be compared to The Odyssey, but it's just a part of the journey of our lives.  We have so much to be grateful for!  And the Epic Journey continues....   


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3 comments

  • Your turtle is perfect for your moving to NE announcement! I hope you both find all you wish for when you return. Welcome back, Lisa! :)

    Pam
  • Hi Lisa I too lived away from NE for 5 yrs.it was a wonderful time but when my son was born moved back, it was a wonderful experience and now that my son is grown who knows could go again, it is all about the rich journeys that we take, that weave who we are and what we become. Home is always where you hang your hat, and your experiences in another part of the country opened doors and that change is awesome growth. Our roots in this story never leave us and many come back to where our hearts began and that sense of belonging is indeed cherished and the links to our communities, family and friends. I think it is so commendable that you took a leap into new environments. Living away from our roots gives us a deep appreciation for what is important to our wellbeing and yes the grass is different! I have always thought that living in various parts of the country is good for the soul and leaves us with a wonderful perspective of different ways of life. So excited that you are headed back this way on your next move. I delight in hearing about your experiences and love the art that you share…knowing you from corporate America business was ironic and so glad I worked with you. Best, Karen Twomey

    Karen Twomey
  • Thanks for the beautifully written update, Lisa! Like I didn’t know! :-) Life is a journey with many ups, downs, twists and turns. Live like you and Kevin do so naturally- in the moment. Find the joy in even the physical and mundane things we all must do at different junctions in our lives. Excitement will build daily as you begin to move forward with this new phase of life! Looking forward to continuing to participate in your journey through the pictures you post and your amazing blog that takes readers on an authentic, emotional and very personal life journey. Thanks for being so transparent. That is what makes your blog and artwork so special. Every stroke of your brush on canvas and word in your blog is a true expression of your inner self.

    Glynn Hodges

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