After nearly eighteen hours of driving through fog, darkness, endless stretches of pavement and windy roads through the mountains, we wearily pulled into the driveway of our new home in Portland, Oregon.
Ah, the feeling of solid ground. Words cannot describe how much I’ve missed you.
Two months of planning, packing, and organizing behind us and we’re now completely set up in the new basecamp.
The welcome we’ve received here has been incredible. The environment here is very genuine, down to earth and friendly — just our style. While I’ve had many great experiences in Southern California, I’ve been missing a place like this for a long time. For me, it’s a return to the Pacific Northwest (I lived in Seattle, Washing for several years). For Ev’Yan, it’s a change of pace she’s appreciating — quite literally — as people drive around 55mph on the freeways here instead of the typical 75-80 in Southern California.
I’m always telling people that the quickest way to change your life is to change your environment, and it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. There were several things tying me to California, with those out of the way and because my business is location independent, the start of 2011 was the right time to move.
I can already feel a shift in energy here and things feel more right. It’s hard to describe it better than that, but some things we really appreciate about Oregon and the Portland area are:
- A focus on environmental consciousness and appreciation of the outdoors.
- Humility. People don’t flaunt money and it’s considered bad taste if you do.
- Friendliness. It’s more common for people to be generally interested in you and how you’re doing because they care, not just to be polite.
- Creativity. While there was plenty of this in LA, the creative vibe feels different here. There seems to be less creativity for the sake of “Look what I can do” and more creativity as just natural self expression.
- Weather. Yes, this may sound weird, but we were getting tired of not having seasons in Los Angeles. We actually enjoy the rain and variety in climate.
- Community. Have you heard that Portland is the blogging capital of the world? I have a lot of business partners and friends in the area, and while online connections are great, it’s nice to have a circle of close-knit friends and partners in crime close by.
Live around Portland? Come hang out with me!
So, if you’re in the area and would like to hang out, I’d love to meet you.
Where: We’ll be at The Lucky Lab on NW Quimby in Portland.
When: Thursday, February 17th at 7pm.
Who: You, me, and other fellow world changers.
Hope to see you there! And if you’re not in the area, I hope we get a chance to meet at Chris’s World Domination Summit in June!