I’ll start this post with a brief introduction. I think that it is easy to be lulled into a routine when things are going well and it’s easy to run away when they are not. Things are going well for me; in the life, work, friends, happiness, growth, kind of way. I don’t want to be stuck in a routine. I want to be where I’m supposed to be, wherever that may be. I do believe that God does work in your life no matter where you are, but I definitely believe that He has specifically planned out where you should be.
That being said, I have been in earnest prayer and thought about where I should be. I am not yet fully convinced or convicted, but over the past couple of months my thoughts have strongly been in Oregon. I’m taking a trip out there next month, but I am expecting to know by the end of September if that trip will be more than a vacation. I have loved New England my entire life and never expected to leave New Hampshire, let alone New England. This past year in Massachusetts has been one full of learning. I have learned much about what really matters to me and what really should matter to me. Being stuck in one place out of fear or laziness is not something I want. I want to be used by God and I want to love people and help them however I can, wherever I am (I also want to live near mountains and run 24/7 and start skiing again) It will be very hard to be so far from friends and family, but my extended family of other Christians and runners can be found anywhere. I have located a few possible jobs already and good housing, a local church and a run group in Bend, OR, the town I would like to live in.
This isn’t quite goodbye, yet, just a proclamation of an impending decision. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I continue to think over this move. I am very excited with the prospect of continued growth and ready to begin a new chapter in life; even if that chapter means staying here and doing what I am now.