We just passed the year mark of living in Spokane, Washington. What a wild adventure. We would have never guessed just how much we were meant to move to this incredible city.
About two years ago, we knew we were on the cusp of leaving our home city, the city we love, Seattle. My husband and I have been to different parts of the world, but Seattle was always home. It still is home.
Life doesn’t always give definite answers, and it almost never lets you see the end result. Still, we knew it was our time to go, even if its not for forever.
Prices were getting high in our home town, especially as renters. Within the west side of Seattle, we were not quite ready to buy our first home, and so we had to expand our sights. We had a few options, Bellingham, Vancouver, Bremerton… but the signs all seemed to point to Spokane… 270 miles away.
“We would have never guessed just how much we were meant to move to this incredible city.”
We have goals. For ourselves, for our kids… we want to be able to give them a good life. Preferably, we’d like that to be close to our hometown, but maybe there were financial steps we had to take before we could come back. Thats how we saw it. Spokane was a stepping stone to a better financial footing so that we could come home.
Little did we know how much more it would become.
Moving is always difficult. As a kid, my family moved a lot until I turned 8 when we finally stayed put. Spokane, however, was my biggest move other than my travels to Australia. Not only that but we had kids, a life, a home with years of memories. We had friends and family, we had roots.
When I moved my life to Australia for 3 years, I was on my own, ready to explore the world and find out about myself. I was also met by a community of people ready to take me in, show me the ropes, give me a family. When we moved to Spokane as a family… it was just us… an entirely different experience.
There were many days I spent in tears. My hubby had his own share of struggles and tears as well. It was unfamiliar, it was lonely, it was intimidating and full of culture shock.
Then, I noticed something happening. There was a drive in me to make a home. There was a drive to MAKE this foreign city familiar. I looked for anyway to connect with anyone I could find. There were hiking groups, library meetings, even apps I could use to get to know people and events and places.
It was challenging but something ignited in me and I was suddenly mobile, taking an active role in changing my own world.
My motivation shifted.
This shift impacted my drive with my online business as well. Suddenly, that was my life. Apart from enjoying my kids on a day to day basis, I poured myself into my work. I did the daily grind and worked slowly, every day to get somewhere.
Now, its been a year. This city is small so it wasn’t hard to find the main activities and take part. In that respect, there are so many things that have finally become familiar to me. At this point, I think if we moved away, my kids would miss being here just as much as they miss Seattle.
The biggest result from this year of hard work getting myself out there is the relationships I’ve built. I’ve met some amazing people in this city. People I hope to know and be friends with for years to come. Not only that, but these are people with the same drive as mothers to create something, to be more.
“We feed into each other’s dreams, and that is something I never found in Seattle.”
There’s nothing wrong with pouring your whole life into being a mother, its an incredible feat all on its own. However, personally, I have too much drive to settle with that. Being in an environment of mother hustle and mompreneurship is incredible and so immensely encouraging. We feed into each other’s dreams, and that is something I never found in Seattle.
In the place of my business, not only did I build a solid foundation to go forward onto… I found an incredible person who shares this entrepreneurial dream with me and we’ve launched something new together. Right here at the end of the year mark of being in Spokane, we launched everything I’ve been working towards and now we get to see how far we can take it!
Seattle is home. It always will be and we still dream of the day we can go back. Still, in one year of living in Spokane, our lives were completely changed. It was as if things were too comfortable and we needed a little kick in the butt to get our lives moving. Not that we weren’t working hard or dreaming… but we were in a bit of a rut. It took a move across the state to activate a different sort of fight.
We are beyond grateful for our experiences, for the people we’ve met, for the opportunities we’ve been given. Also, this blog is just an outline of this last year. There are endless stories and confirmations of the magnitude of what this move has meant for our family.
“We are beyond grateful for our experiences, for the people we’ve met, for the opportunities we’ve been given.”
Seattle is the Dream
I used to navigate by the mountains, the volcanic Cascades to the East and the oceanic Olympics to the west. Whenever they called before, they were just a drive away. Those stunning, towering giants, with their forests, rivers and oceans, their ferns and evergreens.
Now life has taken me inland. The expansive space from it all is keenly felt and it hurts. I still hear those mountain voices, they are distant but real, and they tug at my heart.
“I used to navigate by the mountains, the volcanic Cascades to the East and the oceanic Olympics to the west.”
Still, Spokane has been incredibly good to us, and the opportunities here are abundant… People ask us on a weekly basis, how we like Spokane. Honestly, there is SO much to absolutely adore about this city. This city had taken us under its wings and given us a good life. We might still dream of home, we might even yet return, but for now, Seattle can rest assured we are in good hands.