Last week, in the midst of our 100th brainstorming session about what the heck we’re doing with our lives in the immediate future–we had a crazy idea; what if we just moved somewhere completely different? During our brainstorming sessions, whether about life or work or upcoming renovations–there are no bad ideas or wrong answers or ridiculous thoughts.
We started making a list of what we’d look for in a new city:
• Big city amenities with a small town feel. (ie: Lots to do but no crazy traffic)
• Easy access to fresh produce and organic grocery stores
• Great schools for the kids!
• A great food scene with restaurants that have lots of allergy options (I am dairy/gluten/grain/soy free)
• 4 Seasons, but predominately warm would be nice
• Low Crime
• Close to a major airport
• Diversity & Culture & Kind People
• Mature trees (always) and Interesting architecture
We took a couple fun quizzes!
This one was pretty in depth from Quizony, and said I belong in New York–could the description have any more cliches??!
This one, from Brainfall, was fast and said Wisconsin!
This one is worldwide, from Playbuzz, and I got the UK! (Not sure where they got that I like rainy days or football!)
This one I got LA, but I think it was a little skewed toward a younger crowd. One question had four options of what I like to do at night and NONE of them included stay home and ALL of them included going to a bar as just one of the activities. Haha.
Even TIME has a quiz–it takes only a few seconds to take and is based completely around your mood. “The United States of Attitude.” (I got North Carolina)
Although fun, we weren’t going to get an answer from taking 100 quizzes online. But some of them did get us thinking about what’s also important to us. The more we researched, the more we were drawn to...North Carolina! And then as we were Zillow and Chilling and couldn’t find a house we didn’t like there. (We were looking in the Raleigh/Durham area). Out of curiosity, we threw the question out on Instagram Stories to ask you “If you could live anywhere in the US–where would you live? We got answers in almost every state with reasons that had us considering everywhere from Montana to Tennessee to New Mexico.
(When we visited beautiful St. George, Utah last fall)
Growing up, if I wasn’t sure what to do about something, my mom would say, “One day, all day, pretend like you’re going to do x, and the next day pretend all day that you’re going to do y. And then see how you feel!” We did that. And even though the day we were moving to North Carolina felt exciting (and warm!), the day that we were staying here in beautiful Idaho to rebuild the cabin felt more like home. It feels like the only way. We can’t not! That’s not to say there isn’t a major move somewhere down the road, but in the meantime, we have family, friends, mature trees, 4 seasons (although predominately cold! haha), organic produce options, the most beautiful wilderness you wouldn’t believe, kind people and not a traffic jam in sight.
Would love to hear where you’re drawn to and why in the comments!