No, we’re not leaving today. And we’re not going to New York. But I do have some big news. Our most recent trip to Traverse City wasn’t exactly for the hell of it. We had business to take care of.
Since the summer, I have been recruited by a hospital in Traverse City to start a new office for them. They want me to do what I’ve done here in L.A. for them in T.C. We have been talking for months and I got to sign the final contract while we were there last weekend. The fact that it was just named a top 50 hospital in America makes me feel pretty secure in this decision.
Don’t get me wrong—this isn’t all sparkles and rainbows. This is also terrifying in so many ways. We’ve lived in L.A. for 11 years and I’ve gotten used to the weather and a laid-back kind of lifestyle.
My friends and colleagues are here. Hell, my sister is here (although I’m hoping to change that…). And don’t get me started on the food here.
I’ve also gotten used to my house. We’ve owned our home since 2007 and to say that it’s become an emotional component of life is to downplay its significance. So while signing the contract was great, it still felt abstract.
This is what is making it completely real for me:
We chose our realtor not for his name but because he sold the house across the street in one day (I shit you not). To say we have high hopes that this will go smoothly is a vast understatement. But it’s a necessary state of mind for this experience I think.
What are we trading in our quaint neighborhood that is close to the beach for?
We found this property online and decided that we’re going to build our dream home. I’m sure this will evolve as the plans unfold as I’m not quite sure what I mean by ‘dream home.’ I do know this: it’s gonna be good. We chose our architect before we stepped foot on the property and met him last weekend. He is a great match for us and has done some really wonderful LEED certified/’green’ homes in and around the area. Check out his stuff.
So start the insanity engines! This is going to be a crazy race. We are planning the big move for early June—just in time to enjoy the fabulous Traverse City Farmer’s Market and the long beautiful days of summer.