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 […]

Unexpected Adventure in Troutdale- McMenamins Edgefield

One of the most exciting things for me about being in a new city is that almost everything is a new adventure. Even something a simple as grocery shopping or finding a dry cleaner brings you to a new part of town with new shops, restaurants and historical spots to explore. This past week was […]

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 […]

We Made It to Portland!

We successfully navigated over 1700 miles across country and are now sitting in what will be our home for the next 6 months, drinking a local beer and just relaxing for a few minutes—until the next errand or chore needs to be done.

The drive was great at some points (seeing the Columbia River Gorge […]

No Sleeping Tonight

I've never had much problem with sleeping, except during high stress times in my life. I didn't think I was stressed right now, as it's an exciting time in my life as we prepare to move to Portland, OR from St. Paul, MN, but tonight showed me otherwise. I was laying in bed and unable […]

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 […]

Preparing to Sell Your Home

Sold

Many have asked me how I planned for my successful move. They are thinking about trying to sell their home and overwhelmed with where they should start their preparations. I thought I would use this post to share how I prepared our home for its sale.

I believe it takes three things to successfully sell […]

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 […]