Happy New Year from Portland, OR

It is 2013 and I live in Portland, OR.

It’s almost unbelievable to me at times that I can make the above statement. 2012 has been a whirlwind year filled with amazing and abundant change. Here is a quick recap of 2012 for the Hanson family. We sold a house in MN, moved to a […]

New Home and New Job: Week One!

It was a busy first week in Portland, OR. Grocery shopping, Target shopping, unpacking, visiting with family and starting a new job. The neighborhood we are living in is called “Sunnyside” and it is filled with restaurants, cafes, coffee/tea shops, and independent retail shops and the exploration so far has been fun. It was […]

Artful Dreamer

Great Wall of China

I’ve always felt a strong to connection to the writing of Henry David Thoreau. Even as a young teen I can remember quoting lines from “Walden” and getting strange looks from my classmates. I suppose it was a bit strange to hear a fourteen year old saying, “I want to suck the marrow out of […]

Dreams Do Come True

Dream

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to live somewhere else and more specifically another state. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved Minnesota and have been proud to live here, but there was some internal draw to live somewhere else.

I was born in San Diego, California and when I was just […]

We Survived!

Boxes waiting for the movers.

Our first move was a success. I say “first move” because in order for my husband to fulfill his work contract we are renting a duplex (for six months) in West St. Paul as an interim step. The cross country move to Portland will come later this summer.

I […]

Let The Adventure Begin

The journey really has started. At my last post (over 6 months ago) I had just left my job of over ten years. Turns out that my decision to leave corporate America was just the first step in a much larger, exciting adventure.

We have sold our house and decided to move to Portland, OR. […]

The Journey Begins

My first walk as an unemployed woman. It’s a hot, humid day and as I walk the sun is heating my skin. I start down Summit Avenue and see others that are walking, running, biking- everything seems brighter. I have my earbuds in, listening to music and feel energized.

I start experiencing memories from the […]