In 2015, I wanted to move to Portland, Oregon.
When people asked me what my Plan was, I’d tell them, “I’m going to move to Portland and work at Powell’s.” Some people thought this was a cop-out, not knowing I was describing my Dream Life. I couldn’t wait to work at my favorite bookstore in one of my favorite U.S. cities.
That did not happen.
My quest to move proved a discouraging failure: I couldn’t find a job or affordable housing and all my predictive budgeting put me in massive debt. My dream started to look impossible.
In the wake of that disappointment, a new idea formed: What if I moved to Seattle? Continue reading “Seattle Reality Checks”