Our first four years of marriage have been busy with moving and traveling. We have lived in many wonderful places so far and have traveled to so many states. We often get asked from friends and family “What’s next?”, “When are you going to settle down?” and “When are you going to buy a house?” Most people our age are having kids, buying their first big house or starting to dig into their careers. I come home once a week asking Cory if we can move to (insert random country I read about while at work).
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
We got married in June of 2014 and it was one of the happiest days of my life. We moved into a small rental house in Picayune, Mississippi after the honeymoon. In 2014, we both graduated from college and Cory got a job in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. We moved up to Hattiesburg shortly after to help with her commute. We never had any idea of what we wanted to do after graduation, we just knew we needed a degree and a job. We both knew Mississippi wasn’t enough to hold all our dreams and aspirations. In August of 2015, we received a phone call that would change our lives for the better and spark our fire for travel.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou
I received a job offer from Lockheed Martin 1,311 miles away in Denver, so we moved to Colorado. I had only been to Colorado once before this and this was Cory’s first time. We knew only a handful of people that lived in Colorado, so it felt like we were truly on our own for the first time. I had never moved more than 63 miles from my hometown up until this point. We did some apartment shopping and eventually settled in Westminster, Colorado. Our first year in Colorado was pretty rough. Being away from family, learning how to do things in a brand new state and learning how to deal with Colorado’s winter was difficult for us. We had no idea about a ton of things so we just figured it out as we went. Despite this, it wasn’t long before we fell in love with Colorado. One year later we decided it was time to move closer to my job and found a new place in Littleton, Colorado. Our time spent living in Colorado was never wasted. We went on many trips to the mountains, countless number of hikes, found our love for camping and reconnected with family. We explored so many of the wonderful states around Colorado as well.
“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus
In July of 2017, I received a phone call that would set into motion us moving to Orlando, Florida. We never intended on Colorado being a permanent residence so the move was expected, but we do wish we had more time in Colorado. We were still excited to move on to something new and different. We packed our two bedroom apartment into the Upack cubes and sent them on their way. We drove through many states on this trip and even stopped by our hometown on the way. We have been living in Orlando for over one year now and we love it. In October, we will be moving out of our apartment and moving into a house in Kississmee, Florida! Yes, once again after 15 months in our current location we will be changing it up and doing something new. I can promise you this will not be our last move.
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn
So to answer your questions “What’s next?”, “When are you going to settle down?” and “When are you buying a house?”. The short answer is we don’t know what’s next, but I can tell you we do not plan on staying in Florida forever. The answer to the second question is not anytime soon because there’s still so much to see. If we got a call today that there’s an opportunity for us in (insert cool new place) there’s a good chance we would say yes. There are currently no plans on buying a house. We have considered moving abroad multiple times. Our current dream is to buy an Airstream and travel the US. Our focus moving forward is to work on a more minimalist lifestyle, get rid of our debt and travel more. If you’re thinking about that new job that’s in a new city, state or country then do it! Everything in life is temporary, whether it’s fear of something new or living somewhere you may not love. There’s always an option to change your situation. You can always move back home or try somewhere else. I encourage you to say yes to more adventures and get out of your comfort zone! It will only help you grow and learn more about yourself.