I don't know if I am really that brave, though some of my friends have told me so. I think I am mostly just young and foolish, and that's why I do most of the things I do. That, or I have just stopped caring and being afraid of living the life I want. Either way it's cool. It's all really, really cool you guys. Don't get me wrong, I'm still an anxious little stress ball most of the time, but being out here, it just feels right.
When I say "here", for those who do not know, I have transplanted myself from Minneapolis to Portland. Fortunately, I did so before the Midwest turned into the Arctic tundra. I don't think I could have lasted another winter, I didn't have it in me.
I've been out here a month now, doing the freelance game, which is very hard. I did not realize how hard it would be. I miss being in an office. It gets a bit lonely sitting at a desk by myself all day. But one really great thing about being here and not knowing a ton of people is that I've been able to refocus myself and my daily routine. I'm spending a lot more time alone, which has been nice, and developing a solid workout schedule. And I must say, it's working out! Pun always intended.
Oregon has offered up some amazing adventures so far. I can't believe how beautiful it is out here. For real. It was so awesome to be able to drive out here with my dad and have some quality time with him. And with the holidays, I thought it would be so strange not being home, but it felt fine. Granted, I had my brother and his girlfriend up here, so that made things easier. It just didn't even feel like Christmas.
I'm looking forward to upcoming visits from friends and further exploring the city and what it has to offer. I just have to keep reminding myself to be patient and let things happen as they may. I expect so much of myself all the time, and I need to learn how to manage that better, among other things.
Enjoy some pics of the places I've been going! Let's see what happens next.