A lifestyle blog about life and living in Southeast, Alaska.
So I moved to Alaska.
May 1, 2016
Here I go.
I have been wanting to start a blog for the past year now. I feel like I need to share what my life is like living in small town Alaska. To give my readers a glimpse of how my family and I are so lucky and blessed to be in this small town we call home.
I am not a born and raised Alaskan. I moved to this little town by the mountains and the sea eight years ago from eastern Washington. If you've ever been to eastern Washington you know that tumbleweeds the size of cars are to be feared more than running into a moose with your car. I attended college at Washington State I met my good friend Sarah, who was from Haines. I came to visit her after my junior year in college in 2006, not thinking I would every come back or want to come back. I flew up in a small 4 seat jumper plane from Juneau to Haines on a bluebird calm day. As soon as we reached our cruising altitude I was breathless. Snow peaked mountains, glaciers, ocean, whales and just serene nature in it's purest form is what I saw on my fast flight of 30 minutes. This place actually exists? It tugged at my heart and I knew that this trip was going to change me forever.
But as I returned him back to Washington, life got going again. But to my luck, Sarah became engaged and was married the next summer in 2007. This time I headed back up to Haines but with all my college girlfriends. Let's just say it was the most fun I have ever had at a wedding! I returned back home to finish my school and new that I would be back again.
So in 2008, after I had finished my student teaching and a long term sub position in 5th grade I wanted visited Sarah and her family again. Alaska was calling me and I new I needed to get back up there to breathe the clean air, walk on the beach, and feel grounded. I felt like a kid again when I came here, discovering a whole new way of life.
I think during this stay I had a somewhat of a emotional breakdown. I would call my friends and family crying telling them I love it here so much and I needed to be here. I also slept and slept and slept from an emotional wave of can I do this? I can I leave a life that I was so comfortable with and try this adventure on my very own? It wasn't until I talked to a now good friend, Melissa, that told me about a preschool position that was opening. I knew this was my chance to come up here and try to make it work.
Have you ever had the feeling something was meant to be because all your ducks just lined up perfectly in a row? That was how it felt when I moved back up to Haines. I got the preschool job (pretty much on the spot), I traded in my car when I got to Washington and got a 4 wheeled drive vehicle straight across, found a place to rent in Haines easily for $500/month, bought my ferry ticket with my $800 in savings, packed my bags and headed up just a short 3 weeks later from the day I had landed back in Washington.
This is where my journey begins. A city girl that took a chance, then fell in love, and is now living and loving life in an Alaskan small town, called Haines.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!