Book Reviews

Top 5 Fiction and Non-Fiction Reads of 2020

Happy holidays to you all. Last year I did a post on my top five fiction and non-fiction reads of 2019 and I wanted to continue the tradition. I love my goodreads account because it helps me track what I’ve read for the year and also for my entire life, which is kind of fun. I like a lot of different books. I’m big on romance novels, non-fiction, biographies, contemporary adult fiction, etc. I mean I will literally read anything as seen below. Here are my top five favorite books I read this year split into fiction and non-fiction. These are in no particular order. Let me know your favorites!

Top Five Fiction Books

Sing, Unburied, Sign by Jesmyn Ward

I’ve read Jesmyn Ward’s non-fiction before, but never her fictional work. I was enthralled by this one. “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill anchors Ward’s tale to Mississippi today, which is almost indistinguishable from its notorious yesterday, a present and past (ironically) made more alive in the novel by ghosts and where everyone suffers from the cancers of buried sins. On Jojo’s 13th birthday, while Mam is dying and Pop struggles to keep everyone safe, Leonie plans a road trip to the prison to pick up Michael, Jojo and baby Kayla’s father. It’s The Odyssey meets the Delta blues meets William Faulkner and Toni Morrison and some ineffable something that is Jesmyn Ward’s own magic.”

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

I ventured into middle grade fiction this year just for this book and I am so glad I did! This is a very short read, all in verse, about a son, and his father who is suffering from major memory loss due to his professional football career. It is reminiscent of those who have read Ellen Hopkins fictional story telling poetry. “Jacqueline Woodson brings us into the life of 12-year-old ZJ, whose father is a beloved football star. But after years of professional head-bashing, something is terribly wrong: he now has headaches, memory loss, and mood swings. With the help of his mother and good friends, ZJ faces his father’s decline. An important and heartfelt prose poem.”

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

This book pulled me in right away. It’s fiction, but it covers real historic events I didn’t even know about until I read it. I first read Lisa See in college with ‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’, but hadn’t read other works from her since. I loved this one so much that I’m off to read more of her works. “Off the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island is home to generations of haenyo—women who take their living from both land and sea and call the shots in their matriarchal society. Young-sook and Mi-ja are best friends in the 1930s, learning to dive with their all-female collective while their island suffers under Japanese colonialism. Lisa See follows them as they grow up under Japanese rule, into WWII, to the Korean War and its devastating aftermath, and into the 21st century. The Island of Sea Women is not only a story of friendship found, lost, and found again, but also a richly detailed picture of a unique culture of women in a world spinning out of control. Amazing detail and presence.”

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

This is one of my favorite books of all time now. How had I never read Ann Patchett before this? The writing style is so dreamy and the story itself pulls you right in. I highlighted so many passages in this book that spoke so deeply to me while reading it. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to read more of Patchett’s work. “Meeting the Conroy family and stepping into their elaborate Dutch house—part museum, part home, with all its secrets and charm, comfort and sadness—enthralled me as the mystery unfolded like a gentle call to arms. From poverty to wealth and from wealth to poverty, we see through Danny’s eyes the struggle to hold the family together against grief, greed, and the heartbreak of losing all that once bound them. Patchett paints a masterpiece here; there’s no looking away. It lingers in your imagination long after the story has been told.”

Death is Hard work by Khaled Khalifa

This was such an interesting fictionalized account of one family’s quest to drive across country with their dead father to bury him during a very real civil war. If you haven’t read anything on Syria this is a great book to guide you toward empathy with the people of Syria. “Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work is the new novel from the greatest chronicler of Syria’s ongoing and catastrophic civil war: a tale of three ordinary people facing down the stuff of nightmares armed with little more than simple determination.

Top Five Non-Fiction Books

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

If you are white and are looking to educate yourself on racism, this is the book. A great way to check your privilege and written by an anti-racist educator. “In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book”, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.’

Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West

This was my most enjoyable read by far. I had so much fun reading this one and laughed through the entire thing. If you haven’t heard of Lindy West (creator of Shrill, author of Shrill and The Witches Are Coming), this book is a great introduction. “In Shit, Actually, Lindy returns to those roots, re-examining beloved and iconic movies from the past 40 years with an eye toward the big questions of our time: Is Twilight the horniest movie in history? Why do the zebras in The Lion King trust Mufasa-WHO IS A LION-to look out for their best interests? Why did anyone bother making any more movies after The Fugitive achieved perfection? And, my god, why don’t any of the women in Love, Actually ever fucking talk?!?!”

Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place by Jackson Bird

This was my favorite memoir I read this year. Like many others in the Harry Potter fandom, I am furious at J.K. Rowling’s misunderstanding of the transgender community. Her beliefs are hurtful to transgender people, and in particular those transgender people who grew up loving and respecting her and her work. I’d been searching for answers on how to move forward in the fandom when I came across this book. Jackson is a huge harry potter fan and has been his whole life even doing work with the HP Alliance in the past. Jackson is funny, honest, and has a fascinating story to tell about his journey. Would highly recommend this book. “An unflinching and endearing memoir from LGBTQ+ advocate Jackson Bird about how he finally sorted things out and came out as a transgender man. When Jackson was twenty-five, he came out as transgender to his friends, family, and anyone in the world with an internet connection. Assigned female at birth and raised as a girl, he often wondered if he should have been born a boy. Jackson didn’t share this thought with anyone because he didn’t think he could share it with anyone. Illuminated by journal entries spanning childhood to adolescence to today, he candidly recalls the challenges and loneliness he endured as he came to terms with both his gender and his bisexual identity.”

The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek died on my birthday this year (thanks again for that 2020). I knew he was dying, I knew his illness would be what killed him, and it really was just a matter of when. In February this year, I called in a sick day and flew down to LA in the morning and watched a live taping of Jeopardy! with my Dad, then flew back the same day. It was exhausting but worth it 1000%. I am so glad we did this as Jeopardy is a big part of what we share together. This week Trebek’s final episodes will air and it’s just heartbreaking to me. I grew up watching Alex and I still watch him 5 days a week at 7pm sharp. This memoir was great though. There was so much I didn’t know about Alex’s early life. It’s a quick read and I highly recommend it.

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

If you’ve read anything on this site before you’ll know I’ve been venturing into minimalism the past two years. Up until the point of reading this book I was mostly focused on physical minimalism. Wardrobe, home, etc. I deleted Facebook last year and have also talked about how to minimize time spent on phones, but hadn’t really done any research on that digital side before. I was just doing what I thought was best. This book is great though. Not only does it go through the whole social media bad, outdoors good, but it also gives you really great tips on how to accomplish less digital time. I’ve learned about app time limits (which I now have set on all my social media applications) as well as screen down time settings for the work day which has helped me be more productive all around. If you’re appalled by your weekly screen time report that your phone gives you, this might be the book for you. I was averaging 5+ hours a day, and since reading this I’m down to 1.5. Which still seems like a lot right? But I’ve really noticed a difference in my mental health. You would be surprised by what your average screen time is I am sure. I know I was. This book also encouraged me to turn off all apps and notifications when I’m watching a movie or tv show and it has made a huge difference in my attention span and in being present. I recommend this book for anyone wanting to test out a new type of minimalism.

Honest Life

Word of the Year: Listen

I’ve been trying to write a post since July. Like many others I am having a hard time reflecting on 2020. One thing I can say for essentially the entire world at this point is that none of us realized how we would all be so directly affected by the same thing so quickly. I first heard about Covid-19 in December of 2019, about a week before Christmas. I was forwarded an email originally written for the healthcare group at a company I worked for at the time. The message was letting everyone know that we might have heard about a virus in China and given that some of us worked in healthcare facilities we should be vigilant in washing our hands when we’re on the jobsites. That was it. It seemed so unlikely and absurd that it could ever be as wide spread and far reaching as it has become. It seemed that there was no way this would reach us. It was an email that was read, and soon after an email I deleted. I think I even rolled my eyes when I read it.

I set off in 2020 with a word to guide me through the year instead of resolutions. I picked ‘secure’. Which is really laughable considering what I’ve been through this year. Nothing felt secure for me until two weeks ago. Everything was up in the air. I wasn’t sure how anything was going to work out. I’m writing this now from a place of security. Finally. And I think that is why I can now look back and reflect to you all about my year.

When I first created this website, I did so as a safe place for me to reflect on my life, and share lessons I’m learning as I am trying to inch toward a more simple and honest lifestyle. For me, it has done that. I wish I could have shared more directly with you all when things were happening to me this year. But I honestly felt scared all the time. And like so many others this year, I was just depressed. June, July and August were probably my worst times. I didn’t want to update with hope and optimism only to be let down again. It’s probably good I took a step back. Everything I thought was going to happen didn’t. When things seemed like they were going to look up, they all came crashing down again. It was a tough year, but it helps to know I wasn’t the only person struggling. We all did, we all are. All over the world.

The short of it is this. I moved back to Spokane for all the optimistic reasons I so eloquently stated here and with no inkling that anything could possibly derail this plan. I got a job. I was furloughed from the job. I was permanently removed from the job. I applied for unemployment. I didn’t get a single payment for six months. I lived with my in-laws for seven months longer than the two I had planned on. I lived in an Airbnb for three months, which was two months longer than I was supposed to. I didn’t have a space of my own for nearly a year. Everything I owned was in storage. Nothing felt right. Then I got a job. I found a house. I lost a house. I found another house, I lost another house. I found another house, and finally 10 months after we started our move, I finally slept in my own bed again last week for the first time since February.

Despite all this chaos and uncertainty, three new babies were born in my friends/family group, I became an Aunt, my cousin got married, I became very close with my in-laws in all the best ways, I fulfilled my life long dream of working from home post-pandemic, I bought a house, I saved money, I opened an IRA, Biden got elected, and we now have a vaccine. Oh, and Taylor Swift dropped two new full length albums. Taylor don’t play during pandemics.

It’s weird to be a week away from the end of the year and actually be able to look at my word of secure and finally feel secure. I’m not sure how I ended up here and if I knew I would have to go through a ton of insecurity to get to this place, I’m not sure I would do it again. But sometimes you just have to keep moving ahead. I can’t look back.

I have been thinking all month about what I want my word to be for 2021. I was anxious to do anything that felt too ambitious: thrive, flourish, free, work, growth. I just knew that 2021 needed to be a year where I took care of myself. I was thinking of falling back on ‘honest’, but it felt kind of mean to myself after everything I’ve been through. It’s a lot of pressure to put honesty with yourself at the forefront of every day. Then I wanted to go with ‘simple’ after the complicated year I had, but it felt like I had just landed back on my feet and I didn’t want to force myself into simplicity right away. So I landed on my word for 2021 being ‘listen’.

I have to be able to listen to myself and be okay with what I am feeling and trying to say. I can take listen with me as I navigate the year on financial decisions, home décor and projects, work, myself, and family/friends. My goal with listen to to just sit with myself before I decide on anything. Just take a moment longer than I would normally. I think that is going to make all the difference this year. If I feel unsure about something or worried about what others will think of it, I’m going to just listen to myself – what do I really think about it? I’m trying to learn to trust myself more and this seems like a good way to go about it. If you want to come up with a word for 2021 for yourself here is a post I made about how to do that. Let me know your word when you decide!

I’m sorry we all had a year. Being able to reflect on it at all is a huge privilege I do not take for granted. There were fires, racial injustice, and illness to content with. I’m writing this in my new house, from my home office, surrounded by my many things, and I am so very lucky to be here. I am lucky everything worked out. I am lucky my family and friends are healthy. I am lucky to have a job I love. I am so grateful to the universe for how this year has ended, but mostly like you all, I am just happy it’s ending.

Stay safe. Stay home. We’re almost out of this. Happy new year.

Honest Life

How the Turntables…

Hard to believe it’s almost May. A month since I last checked in and I was filled with anxiety for the future, but feeling optimistic overall. We took the first steps to get preapproved for a home loan, retained an amazing realtor and started looking at houses. I was going into the office on Mondays just to try to get back to feeling of normalcy and seeing a few faces at a socially safe distance. The rest of the time I was working from home, which wasn’t bad. I was getting into a routine and with the promise of a house on the horizon things were looking like they were going to be okay.

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Everything right now

Then I got furloughed from my job just last Friday. I didn’t know what this meant until it was explained to me but basically I am still an employee ( I have possession of my laptop and cellphone still), but they aren’t paying me anymore until at least June 10th. This is a sneaky way for a company to get out of having to pay you when things are slow, and instead making the government do it for them via unemployment. A lot of people are experiencing this right now. I’m lucky that I have an intended return to work date, but I am honestly not holding my breath. I’ll find out in six weeks if I’m still employed and in the meantime I’m trying to navigate Oregon and Washington unemployment to get paid. No surprises that unemployment is generally hard to navigate, but during a pandemic with millions of people applying every week it’s kind of a mess. Add in verifying wages between two states and you’ve got yourself a wait time. At this rate I’ll probably get paid for unemployment when (if) I get rehired. In June. What a mess.

Jobless Memes
The bright side

I am trying to look at this as an opportunity though. The housing search has unfortunately had to stop, but now there’s an opportunity to put more money away for a down payment. In the meantime I get to spend more time with my in-laws, who truly are lovely people. Also there is a cute dog involved. I am spending more time on Duolingo learning Spanish. Just a side thing that I never really could find time for, but now I am just full of endless time. I’m scheduling daily time to write and exercise more. There’s plenty of TV and movies to catch up on.

The bummer is a lot of things are still closed. I’d love to look at this situation as a six week vacation, but when you can’t visit family, friends or spend time in any national parks, it’s really kind of a bummer.

The most important thing I’m trying to do is be okay with not being productive or happy. This entire situation is hard enough without forcing myself to feel a certain way. I think that goes for all of us. I’m sure we are having good quarantine days and bad ones. The most important thing to do is let yourself just feel whatever you’re feeling. I’d love to be productive and positive every day of this hopefully ‘only’ six week period out of work. But I can’t honestly say I will be. There will be bad days. I am sure I can foresee a day coming up where I don’t leave the bed and binge watch After Life season 2 on Netflix (or did I already do that..?). I am sure there will be days when I don’t feel like exercising or reading or writing or learning Spanish. That’s okay.

I’m just going to try to get through this like everyone else – by taking it one day at a time. I mean if celebrities can do it during this time – can’t we ALL? They’re the real heroes.

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Things could be worse. I don’t NEED my unemployment check to come right this second. I don’t have rent right now. I have money in savings to take care of bills until it comes through. I will be okay. Not everyone can say that right now. Despite everything I am still sticking to my word of the year ‘secure’ and trying to feel that as much as possible. Despite everything we are still secure in this state. We have family to shelter us, loved ones to give us advice and we are eventually employable when all this blows over. I am privileged that this is the case.

That’s all I’ve got. Remember, don’t inject clorox into your veins, the sunlight is not a cure, but if you’re going to go out in it wear sunscreen, and finally just stay safe and listen to the professionals. Now isn’t forever.

Honest Life

Moving During A Pandemic

My word of the year is ‘Secure’. What a year to pick that word to guide my life and decisions. And it’s only March. Something comforting right now is knowing that pretty much the entire world is experiencing the same thing right now. We might all be feeling very different about it, but COVID-19 is happening to all of us. It is effecting our jobs, our routines, our health, our normalcy and yes, our security.

Our original plan was to move back to Spokane, live off my wages from a new job that paid more, have my husband secure a job in 1-2 months and then move out of my in-laws place and into our new home we bought. Oh me from the past, how could you have predicted a sickness that started half way around the world in December would come to effect you directly in so many ways in March?

That new job that paid more and was promised to be super secure in employment? It laid off seven people on Friday due to upcoming revenue loss from COVID-19. While my job seems safe at the moment, if things continue as they have been who’s to say what measure would need to be taken to keep the business afloat. The job my husband was going to get? No one is conducting interviews right now. The house? Probably not a good idea to make one of the biggest investments in your life when your income could disappear any day. And good luck finding a realtor that will show you homes right now. All of this and the worry of being infected and living with three extremely high risk people can become all consuming. This is the least secure I have felt in a long time.

Get outside if you can. It can help immensely.

So much change in just a short amount of time has caused me great concern and anxiety. What semi comforts me is that we are truly all experiencing this together. I am lucky to have a job while I can have one (hopefully for a long time). I am lucky I can work from home and not worry about bringing in a pandemic that I could probably survive, but my family would most likely not. I am lucky I am living with my in-laws. Although not ideal, if I do lose my job I don’t have to worry about being evicted. I am lucky in so many ways that other people are not right now. And honestly, with all these worries, none of them matter if someone gets sick. I am just happy everyone I know and love is healthy at the moment.

The truth is no one knows what is ahead and no one has the answers. We truly have to take this one day at a time and react the best we can to the changes that come at us.

Despite this knowledge, I am filled with dread at times. A dread that feels so similar to what I felt when I first moved to Portland. I’ve talked about that feeling before. That sense of dread and consuming depression. I have almost had it drag me down twice since I’ve been here. I made the choices to come here based on the evidence of security I felt in that decision at the time. Now I am thrown for a loop wondering what in the world I’ve done. However, I do feel more secure to be near more family during this time. It comforts me to know we have people who care for us here that would never let us end up in a bad situation. In a way that confirms some of the security I came back for.

No one knows how long this will last or how it will end. How we will get back to normalcy. If we will. The best we can do is just keeping moving and keeping in touch and checking in with each other.

Google Hangouts keeping me sane.

I’ve found extreme comfort through video apps like Google Hangout and House Party. These have been so good for my mental health. It can be lonely during quarantine seeing the same people day after day. Only leaving the house for walks or grocery shopping necessities. I think it’s important to stay connected to as many people as we can during this.

If you are an anxious person and are feeling all around shit about this experience my advice is to reach out to others, limit your access to the news and focus on what hasn’t changed as everything changes rapidly around us. Another thing is to focus on is what has changed for the better. Whatever you’re feeling it’s okay to feel it. Some of you are happy about a quarantine. You’re able to spend more time with your families, relax at home and keep an income going through this. Other people aren’t so fortunate. There is no wrong way to feel right now. Just feel it.

I wake up and try to think of three things that I am happy about that have changed and three that haven’t. Here were some I wrote down from last week:

Things that haven’t changed:

  1. Recording/editing the podcast
  2. Being able to bake (even though I had to use oat flour thanks to food hoarders – stop hoarding food!)
  3. Checking out digital loans from the library for free so I’m always reading something new

Things that have changed that are positive:

  1. More puppy time
  2. Sleeping in an extra hour on work days
  3. Talking more with friends than I used to

I’ve been limiting my news digestion to 15 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes after dinner. This has been such a huge positive change for me and if you easily get sucked in to the news cycle or it makes you anxious I highly recommend setting boundaries like this.

Overall things aren’t perfect. But is anyone experiencing a perfect time right now? Or ever? we just have to continue to stay connected, not get sucked into anything too negative and feel our feeling as they come. Know they’re okay, validate them and keep going.

Stay healthy everyone.

Honest Life

An Honest Move

I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately. It’s been a mixture of being insanely busy (as you’ll see) and trying to find the right words to say. I started off 2020 with my word of the year, ‘secure’, and I’ve been letting it guide me on this crazy set of circumstances that have all aligned in the past month.

It really started over the summer though. My husband and I were just getting settled into the second floor of this three level condominium we had moved into in the spring. The inside was beautiful, but we missed our backyard we had at the rental house and we really missed not having people walk over our head all day. We had just gotten back from a visit to Spokane for a friend’s wedding and we had toured my brother and sister in-law’s new home and my friends were talking about buying soon as well or having just bought a place. We were starting to think of our future in Portland. What did home buying look like for us here?

We have been here seven years and six of those years were great. I’ve talked before on here about how hard it was at first and how difficult it was career wise for the first year we were here. But we really hit our stride in the last 4-5 years here. We love the food and the beer. We love our friends. We have great careers. The problem was two things: our time off was minimal and we missed our family and friends in Spokane.

We only get to come here once a year because of PTO issues and this place is a huge source of calm and relaxation for my body and soul.

Regarding our first problem, we had 2 weeks per year to fit in all our vacation. About 5 days to visit Spokane (2 in winter, 3 in summer), 3 days to visit California to see my family, and then we were left with TWO PTO DAYS to give to our passion of traveling. Which was really what we wanted to do. And who can really take in a new country or place in 5 days? It just wasn’t feasible. We were stuck with having to fit a trip into a long weekend, or cut down our PTO days to our family, but that wasn’t something we wanted to compromise on. Which was the second problem: we missed our friends and family. My Aunt has a great lake cabin in northern Idaho we like to visit. I only saw my friends once a year over Thanksgiving. My in-laws are the greatest people on the planet and we just saw them for a day in the summer and a few days over the holidays. It just wasn’t enough.

So we started talking in our little condo about how nice it’d be to have a house and some space. We could finally get a puppy, watch TV as loudly as we wanted, cook without bumping into each other. They seemed like little things, but what an improvement to our mental and physical health to be in a bigger space. A space that was just ours. A space we could NOT afford in Portland. The housing market here is just too expensive and we’d have to pay a lot more to get what we wanted when we could pay a fraction of that in Spokane.

So it was decided. We would move. A year from now. Ideally June 2021. Plenty of time to save up, get used to the idea, say our goodbyes, etc. We opened up to recruiters on Linkedin so we could start to look at what kind of jobs we might be able to get in Spokane when we were ready.

But this is life we’re talking about and things never go the way you plan. I got a hit right away from a recruiter and with some stealthy research found out the company that was wanting to hire. As a side note – if you can bypass a recruiter, do it. Recruiters are nice, but they take a portion of your salary as a hiring fee if you get the job. Not worth it. I applied directly and got a call back. I figured this would be a good chance to see what the job market had to offer and start to get an idea of what type of company I’d want to work for. So I did a few interviews. Felt really positive about it. They flew me out to Spokane for an interview and offered me a job on the spot. Not what I expected. I also didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. Three weeks later and our thoughts about moving a year and a half from now were becoming more like a few weeks from now.

It was very overwhelming. I kept trying to weigh the pros and cons. We left Spokane in 2013 because the job market was terrible, we needed experience and honestly we were pretty bored there. In the last five years though Spokane has really grown. There’s great new restaurants, brewerys, a renovated downtown. I mean it’s still Spokane, let’s be clear. But I was starting to see the positives more and more. So we talked it over and with the increase in pay from this new job, the 3 weeks PTO, the paid for benefits and the free relocation – it was a no brainier. With a lower cost of living in Spokane, it just all started to make sense.

Sun’s out, Apex out. Will miss my favorite beer/burrito combo place!!!

So we’re moving back to Spokane. A place that when I left I never thought I’d come back to. We’re really looking forward to it though. We will miss Portland so much. We both made our careers here, ate amazing food, drank decadent wine and beer, spent a great deal of time on beautiful hikes and exploring the coast and most importantly we made some of the best friends here. It’s hard to leave, but it the best choice for us at the moment.

Which goes back to my word of the year. Secure. With the better pay and lower cost of living, my security goals for the year are in full focus. Even outside of money, I think about the security of owning a home and feeling comfortable in it. Of being close to family and friends who can take you in if you need it. There is a lot that is secure about Spokane to me. It may not be a flashy or fun. It may not be as warm in the winter (it may also be too hot in the summer…). It may not have a brewery on every corner, a new place to eat every week or a new adventure to go out on, but it has a lot of other qualities that I am looking forward to experiencing again. But most importantly it is right for us.

It also goes back to my constant striving for a simple, honest life. This decision feels good for me. It feels like a good way to simplify my life and my time. It’s honest to say I want to move back. We made the decision by taking an honest look at how we wanted to live our lives and what was important to us.

Now all that’s left to do is move. AND YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MOVING.