In March, on our last scouting trip to Bend, Oregon, Todd and I went to see a house that had recently come on the market—again. We liked the house instantly. In so many ways, it was perfect; exactly what we were looking for.Read More
I had been so focused on and consumed by The Move that I hadn’t fully grasped the significance of what I had just accomplished. I had successfully found my perfect place and took the leap to really be there.Read More
I love this saying. It’s a common military phrase that I learned from my husband Todd. I can’t tell you how many times he and I uttered this phrase over the past several weeks while preparing for our move to Bend, Oregon.
Moving sucks. Period.Read More
Since my last post about my big shift, realizing that moving to a place we want to be is more important than what gets us there, I felt a huge weight lift. I no longer felt like I had to grasp and force something to happen in order to realize our dream. The truth is I have no control over what happens, when, or how. But I do have a choiceRead More
I’ve been stuck in limbo, waiting for something—anything—to happen that would move the needle toward realizing the B&B dream and moving out of the Bay Area. I was feeling sad, frustrated, and desperate. Then a thought came to me ...Read More
Waiting means a lot of uncertainty. I’m not a fan of uncertainty. It requires patience, which only makes me want to grasp at or push at things to get them moving. Uncertainty makes me uncomfortable.
A wise woman I know told me that uncertainty means embracing discomfort. Really, who wants to embrace discomfort?!Read More
I really appreciate people who make me think. On a second scouting trip to Oregon a couple weeks ago, a friend with whom we were staying, Maria, asked me, “If the B&B doesn’t work out, do you have a Plan B?” My immediate response was “No.”
In bed that night, I started to think more about it and wondered “Should I have a Plan B?” The more I considered it, the more I knew my initial response was the right one. There was no hesitation in my answer; it came from my gut, so I knew it was true. The truth is I’ve gone through most of my life without having a Plan B.Read More
Todd and I have stayed at several B&Bs this year. I love that every inn is a reflection of the folks who own and operate them—from the ambiance and décor to the food and level of service. From these experiences, I have assembled a lengthy list of what I want to provide our guests. And that’s what I had planned to elaborate on in this post—a wish list, of sorts. But then I started thinking about beliefs.Read More
"A goal or a dream that doesn't challenge the dreamer to become more than they've ever been, to go where they've never gone, and to feel things they've never felt, is actually like wishing for a giant life-snooze button." - Notes from the UniverseRead More
For all of the groundwork laid in pursuing our bed & breakfast dream, there’s one foundational element that has been missing—where. Until Todd and I figure out where we want to live and run our inn, we can’t move forward in a meaningful way. The only thing we’ve known for sure from the get-go is that we both want to get out of California.Read More
It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who knows me even a little that one of my favorite things about preparing for our B&B is experimenting with recipes and planning breakfast menus for our future guests. I love the idea of offering our guests freshly made granola with yogurt and fresh fruit that they can eat before heading out or take with them.Read More
I will never forget that day. An image of a pastoral landscape flashed across my television screen, and I was instantly filled with the same feeling of deep knowing that I had when I met my soulmate and soon-to-be husband. In that moment I knew one thing: My destiny is to be an innkeeper.Read More