Portland #3: Lessons

After an unexpected full week in Montana, I drove back to Portland today.  The time in Missoula was just what I was looking for, and it’s exciting to say: I’ve found housing and a new community that seems to welcome me with open arms.  This time, the trip to Portland isn’t returning to home, but rather to bring my sense of home to Missoula.  Yep, that’s right, I’m moving- now that I’ve published it on the blog, I’m committed.

Typical Missoula sunset. Awesome.

When I decided to come back from South America, I knew I wanted to be in a smaller community.  I want to know my neighbors, live close to the outdoors, and try something different.  I don’t have a job lined up there, and I only have a few months of savings left, but somehow this simply feels like the right thing to do.

Where else can two adults have a perfectly stellar time riding a carousel without anyone raising an eyebrow? (Thanks for Hannah for a fun outing!)

More than just my belongings, I look forward to bringing many important lessons with me from Portland to Missoula.

  • Be discerning about the people you spend your time with- your friends an excellent mirror for your character and direction in life.
  • In business, accountability is all that really matters.  Accountability=integrity=success.
  • Live your life on your terms and no one else’s- you are an adult, and you get to make the call on what that looks like.
  • Success is looking back with no regrets, and knowing the next thing you do will be the best thing yet.

I arrived tonight feeling very under the weather, so this post is shorter than I’d like.  Suffice to say it felt hard and scary to think of moving my stuff out of here, of leaving regular contact with so many wonderful friends behind.  This next step feels like the greatest adventure yet, and that doesn’t come without some discomfort.  I’ll look forward to seeing many people in my next few visits (I’m making two trips PDX<–>MSO), please be in touch if you are here in PDX.  A few photos from the week:

Even better than my beloved New Seasons...

Even Miss Rasa (daughter of my friends Jeremy and Crissie) gets involved with the recycling effort.

4 thoughts on “Portland #3: Lessons

  1. Jody

    I’ve been to that Good Food store to buy food for a backpacking trip with Jess Stamler… I also hit up one of the outdoors stores to get maps – super friendly and helpful people.

    Missoula is a fun town – congrats on the decision.


  2. Melissa Jenski

    Yay for a new adventure! I think I’ll be seeing you there one day- if not for good, then a visit for sure. My best friend’s boyfriend is from there- a mountain biker/engineer- and they visit quite a bit. Can’t wait to hear more…..

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  4. D. R. Halverson

    This is awesome! I just decided to move to Missoula come March 5th! Not sure where I’ll live. Not sure where I’ll work. Just needed to do some Professional Wandering! I’m just 22 and moving from the farthest reaches of the US (Clearwater). I want to do outdoorsy-adventury things. Any advice on where to live and where to work? =)


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