Portland Bound!

by Tammy Strobel on December 3, 2009

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we made some big decisions. I decided to leave my day job and we’re moving to Portland at the end of January.

I’m excited, sad and scared all at the same time. Leaving my day job, friends and Sacramento were hard decisions to make. I work with amazing people and have learned an incredible amount at this job.  Sacramento has been a great city to us and we have made so many good friends that it makes leaving bitter sweet.

The questions on the tip of everyone’s tongue is: Where are you going to work? And why are you leaving such an awesome job?!?

Logan is nearly done with his PhD program and has a number of teaching prospects in the Portland area. He’s thrilled to be finishing his Ph.D; it’s been a long haul and he is also sad to leave behind mentors and friends at the university.

I’ve decided to take some time off, settle into Portland and get to know the community. After this short sabbatical, I’ll plunge into my new career: freelancing! I’ve got a number of projects lined up and I’m incredibly excited. Being location independent has been on my life list for years. Living a simple and frugal lifestyle has helped us make this dream a reality.

Moving to Portland has been on our life list for a while and it’s perfect timing to make the leap. We’re extremely fortunate to have the liberty to make such a decision; especially when you consider the current economic climate and high unemployment rates. With that in mind, we’ve prepared for the best and the worst and we are ready to start a new chapter in our lives.

We look forward to the new challenges and opportunities this transition will bring. With an optimistic spirit we say “farewell Sacramento, and hello Portland!”

1 Michele Nicholls December 3, 2009

Good for you! This is the perfect time to be changing things, with the world changing around us so fast change has to become a way of life! After all, it’s our adaptability that made humans so successful ;) I look forward to hearing about all the exciting things that will be happening to you <3

2 Jesse December 3, 2009

Good on ya!

Trust me, the decision to move is the hardest part, it’s all downhill from here! Good luck, and welcome to the Pacific Northwest from a former Seattlite!

3 Kevin Martin Doyle December 3, 2009

Congrats Tammy and Logan on taking action on so many things! I wish you super-good luck as you prepare for your move and can’t wait to read about your new adventures in Portland! :)

4 chesapeake December 3, 2009

This is so exciting, Tammy! Congratulations to you both. New beginnings are thrilling and terrifying, but always mean good things ahead. Oh, and thanks so much for your weekly newsletter. You find the most interesting things to link to. :-)

5 Tyler Smith December 3, 2009

Congrats! So excited for you both! Portland is such a nice city and I’m sure you’ll love it there.

: Tyler

6 Kit December 3, 2009

Welcome to Portland!

7 Michael Janzen December 3, 2009

WOW exciting news! I suspect you all will be very happy up there… just bring a sun lamp :-)

I live in Eugene for a year after living in New Mexico and California and it was tough getting used to the overcast… but that’s the only draw back I can think of… Portland is an amazing place!

8 Michael Janzen December 3, 2009

Oh… and… you’ll need fenders :-)

9 Tina Smith December 3, 2009

wooohoo! Congrats guys! This is awesome. When you told me at Thanksgiving I was so excited for you. I cant wait to come visit you both on Portland. I have never been there, but of course Tyler has been a few times. Will the ground breaking begin soon on the tiny house too?

10 Tammy December 3, 2009

Thanks everyone for the support! It means a lot to us. :)

@Tina – yes a tiny house is in our future. I’m hoping the ground breaking will be this summer. We still need to iron out the details. :) I can’t wait for you, Tyler and the tots to visit. It’s such a beautiful area. Hugs…

11 Justin December 3, 2009

Congratulations on the move, I hear many good things about Portland and liked it when I passed through. Hope you both find new challenges and adventures in your new home town, and look forward to reading all about them.

J.

12 Lisa December 3, 2009

YEAH for opening new doors! I’m excited for you. As for the tiny house, check out this month’s Mother Earth News. They feature an article on this exact subject. The couple live near me in Arkansas, and she does freelance writing.

13 Hayden Tompkins December 3, 2009

Good luck with the move! I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about Portland. You guys should have a blast! :)

14 Chris O'Byrne December 3, 2009

Congratulations! I visited my daughter in Portland this past August and was again impressed with what a cool city it is. I look forward to following your many adventures in the coming months.

15 Alisa December 3, 2009

Tammy,
When you get to town and are up for meeting some new people, please feel free to contact me. I’ll give you and Logan a tour of some cool green things to know about Portland. Also, if you need to rent a place, try out greenrenter.com.

Safe travels.
Alisa @ seeinggreen.org.

16 Tammy December 3, 2009

@Alisa – thanks so much! We’d love to meet you and see the cool green things Portland has to offer. I just started apartment hunting and appreciate the tip. :)

Ohhh and we’ll be in town scoping out neighborhoods the week of Dec 28th. If you’re around, we’d love to meet up with u. :)

Hugs…

17 Alisa December 3, 2009

Sounds great. I’ll give you my 2-cents on all the neighborhoods. Just send me an e-mail when it gets closer to your visit and we can set up a time. I’ll be around.

18 Tammy December 3, 2009

@Alisa – Yay! Sounds awesome. I’ll probably email you questions about neighborhoods in the meantime…Have a great evening. :)

19 Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell December 4, 2009

Congratulations on your move, Tammy, and for your new choice of careers. The best of luck to you!

20 Phil December 4, 2009

That’s great! I’ll be arriving there around January 10-15th, myself.

See you there.

21 jean December 4, 2009

Congratulations Tammy! As already stated, just making the decision brings peace — and excitement!
I’ll be in Seattle for a few weeks and plan to include Portland in my visit.

All the best to you and congrats to your beloved “Phd!”

Jean

22 Tammy December 4, 2009

@Jean – thanks! We should meet up for coffee when you get to Portland. It would be great to meet ya. All the best and thanks for reading the blog!

23 James NomadRip December 5, 2009

Outstanding! I’m glad you’re doing it!

24 Kent December 7, 2009

I am a little slow getting this news, congratulations but we will miss you down here! Now I’ll have even more reasons to head north to visit friends. Get with Katy and work out something for that tiny house of yours. Her expertise will be a great asset as well as Dees.

25 Tammy December 7, 2009

Thanks Kent! Katy, Dee and I have been talking about that very topic. :) Hopefully, we can build something in the spring. We’re so excited!

26 Steph December 28, 2009

Hey, lady. Just starting to come up for air and catching up with what you and Logan have been up to. I’m excited to see you moving forward with your dreams. Can’t wait to see some of your freelance projects!

27 Tammy December 28, 2009

Me too! It’s so so exciting. We’re looking forward to getting settled in Portland and I can’t wait to start my freelance projects. :)

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