“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your future plans.” (Woody Allen)
On Memorial Day we were one day away from leaving our corporate jobs in Denver, spending a summer traveling around the United States visiting family and national parks, traveling to Myanmar for a few weeks, and ultimately moving to Ulan Bator. By Labor Day we both had jobs in Montana and bought a house. By Columbus Day we owned a dog. Can you say domesticated?!
We had various reasons for deciding not to move to Mongolia: a couple of family health problems, a few additions to each of our families (my brother and his fiancé are at the “anytime now” phase before they welcome twin girls! And Jesse’s brother and wife are expecting a little boy in February!), and we are planning on having kids in the near-ish future-but please don’t ask me when that is-and I wasn’t particularly thrilled about the prospect of doing that in Mongolia or Kazakstan.
For years we have fruitlessly tried to move back to Montana. Almost every year one of us would find a job that we wanted and we applied. Unfortunately, Montana is so amazing that everyone wants to be here and the competition has been tough. But 2013 was our year! Jesse found a job first and, praise the Bar Exam Gods, I was eligible to transfer my bar exam score to Montana under the new Uniform Bar Exam! And, voilá, I found the job! I did not know it was possible to both be doing what I worked so hard for and to like a job this much! This was the reason I left Montana in the first place all those years ago.
While we miss travel and were initially a little nervous about settling down and doing such an about face, we are really loving having a “home”. As I write this I ‘m sitting on my very comfy reclining couch with our puppy Maddy at my feet, watching our favorite Montana State Bobcats football team. It’s not bad; and there is great coffee! I do, however, have a new found travel board on Pinterest pulled up in another tab, and I was moved to work on this blog so as to have some connection to travel.
For now we’re planning lots of dog friendly weekend getaways, enjoying Montana, the mountains, and Yellowstone. It also helps to have family living in a dream Canadian ski town, Southern California paradise, and, of course, my beloved Vermont! On top of that we’re tentatively planning a trip to South America next summer (a new continent for us!!), as well as a trip to visit friends in Maine and Seattle. Now if I can just get my vacation days to keep up with my travel dreams….
Thanks for reading!
P.S. Have you to “settled down” after traveling or living abroad? Or put off traveling? How do you keep travel in your life?