I've been going through a strange reflective process since moving, which I think is somewhat natural. You know, you lose a lot of the familiar and are forced to cultivate a brand new community from scratch, which takes so much time. Yeesh. And a huge part of the freelance game is being flexible and learning how to roll with the punches, which has been hard because there have been a lot of punches. Sometimes in the process of finding yourself and seeking the things you want, you lose important things or people along the way. But one thing that becomes oh so clear is who wants to stay on your team, the true blue players. I suppose all you can do is accept the losses and embrace the gains, no matter how big or small they are.
In the last few years I was in Minneapolis, I feel like I made some of my best connections and friendships. It's hard to leave that kind of community behind, and it's hard to anticipate how things will evolve in a place you haven't spent much time. A lot of things have changed for me in a short amount of time, but a lot of things haven't changed. I've had the pleasure of seeing some familiar faces the past couple months, which has been so very nice.
My brother came up from LA for a few days of fun. Unfortunately, the timing was kind of bad as my car was in the shop and I was pretty sick, but we made the best of it and still did a lot. I took him to some fun places to eat and drink around town. Our big trip was to the Painted Hills in Central Oregon. Lemme tell ya, SO gorgeous, for real. We also took a trip out to the coast to one of my favorite spots, Ecola State Park. It overlooks Cannon Beach, which is one of the most popular spots along the coast.
Not even a couple weeks later, my friend Anna came to visit from Minneapolis. It feels so awesome to see people actually making it out. And I haven't really gotten to spend a ton of time with her one on one, so it was cool to have that time together. Most of the places we went I had yet to explore myself. We took a trip out to the coast but drove further South to a place called Devil's Punchbowl. Afterwards, we checked out Thor's Well, which is a chasm on the ocean edge. You can walk right up to the edge of it, pretty freaky!
I had a few other pals visit Portland in general to see other pals and had a chance to go on a few other adventures, including another trip to the coast.
I've lost quite a few things in the process of moving out here, but I think I'm gaining a lot too even though it may not feel like it most of the time. Life is hard, and you really just have to make it work when things are down.