Blossoming Into a New Home: Sun Valley, Idaho

The full moon brought joy in shades of rose.

It has been a bit too long since I’ve updated this blog. The last 2 months of 2013 flew by and brought amazing adventure and growth into my life! I couldn’t be more grateful for the ability I have to pack up and leave and make a new home half way across the United States. I’ll explain, while trying to keep the story short, and share aspects of my move in a few separate posts. I want to share my story with you, and believe the best way to do that is by categorizing it into a few sections, so you can read about what you care about (and if you want to read about it all, even better!). So here goes…the introduction of my blossoming.

A walk into town. Ketchum, ID.

A few months ago, I was at a loss. I was questioning everything I was doing, between my social life, my work life, my lack of love life, my sedentary life, and my stagnant life. I was 23 and feeling the beginning of a quarter-life crisis….so I made a spontaneous decision to quit my job, start a company, and move my life to Sun Valley, Idaho. If you have never heard of this place, good…it is a treasure and I know it is going to grow so I’m going to keep it secret for as long as possible.

Sunglasses, smiles, and snow for miles.

The biggest question I faced involved giving up my good job to live in financial uncertainty. One thing I will say is that I’m pretty good with money. I’ve been working and saving since I was 16 (okay, saving since like…21?). I knew that if worst came to worst (which is farm from the worst possible scenario) I could find a job in the food industry. Well I did, but it is a little bit more aligned with my food industry beliefs – a whole other post. I knew that if I put my mind to it, I could do whatever I wanted. What I wanted to do was to continue work, but work that would promote growth, wisdom, and innovation in both my personal life and my business life.

The local coffee shop, Java.

“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” – Ray Bradbury

I took this quote to heart and set off on my adventure. I settled things in Michigan, including getting a licensed business started – ARM Business Solutions, LLC. (Currently working on developing website – through SquareSpace) I will be posting a blog detailing my experience with using online tools, a small business consultant, and more with the publishing of my website, so if you’re interested, keep posted on that!

Blossoming into the new

I turned 24 on January 3rd and set off the next day.I traveled just over 2,000 miles to get from Kalamazoo, MI to Sun Valley, Idaho.  I left my parent’s house, with my Sassy SUVy (I bought myself a Toyota 4Runner in an impulse decision day) packed full, and a new place to call home in the far horizon. I said my goodbyes to Kalamazoo and headed west to Chicago. Staying over night there, at a friend’s house, was a lovely departure from the Midwest.

The Mountains Called…

I drove on I-80 through Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. I landed in Salt Lake City and stayed with family for a night. Feeling rejuvenated and ready for the last leg, I headed north into Idaho. As I headed into the Wood River Valley, I had an overwhelming since of relief, nostalgia, and acceptance. I knew, immediately, that I was coming home. I ached for my sister to be here with me, but knew, deep down, that doing this alone was the best thing I could do for myself.

The Lodge: Sun Valley, ID. “Winter Lights”

So, a week later, and here I am. I had my first day in the Lava Lake Lamb office. I currently have two contracts under my LLC. I’ve joined the Y and have been dedicated to my yoga practice. I’ve snowshoed at Galen                                                                                      a Lodge. This weekend is the Idaho Pond Classic. And each day is exciting, eventful, and is kickstarted with Java on 4th espresso. I’ve moved to heaven and life is good.

Be blessed my friends and followers! I’m grateful for you, for me, and for all that we are, have, and think.

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