I’ve moved a lot, travelled a lot, visited many many places inside the USA and several countries overseas. But every. single. place I’ve lived was due to my devotion to the cause of Christ. I never set down roots, even if temporarily, anywhere that I didn’t believe I was called to, that I didn’t believe I could further the Kingdom of God, that I didn’t believe I could live as a missionary.
Since I was a child, my heart has always been along the coast. But god called me to be a missionary to Mormons in Utah. And that was the end of that dream. Until now.
My husband and I picked up our two girls, packed up our apartment and business, and moved to Oregon. Two days ago. And this was the very first time I’ve ever travelled for the cause of Teal. I’m doing what I want to do, for me, for the first time in 28 years. You guys!!!! That’s CRAZY!
Even though we transitioned out of faith about two years ago, Utah continued to be our home, despite the pain and lack of community. Ever since god called me to it, Utah was “my goal in life” for a long time because it was always My Place to live as the Anointed One among the Deceived to help bring them into the Freedom of Jesus Christ. Leaving Utah this week was the final nail in the coffin of religion for me. It felt uncannily emotional for that reason, but incredibly freeing. I didn’t even know that I was still living under the oppression of religion until we were finally on the road away from it — in a very literal way.
I didn’t think this move would become our reality so soon. I wrote the following only a few months ago: “My dream is to drive up the Oregon Coast with my family and eventually to live there someday, and for someday not just to be ‘someday.’ And to own a teahouse there 🙂 Redwoods. Ocean. Rocky Coast. Sunshine. Storms. Gorgeous Rain. Open-minded people. Hippies 😉 . Tea drinkers. Coffee lovers. Community-builders. Activists. Progessively-minded. Gender equality. Support for one another. I long for these things, and feel they are more prevalent out northwest.
I want [my baby girl] to be free. Completely. Free to be, act, dress, think, live how she wants. I want her to feel fully loved and supported by us. And I want us to provide a safe haven for her, free from all fear. I want her to know true, unconditional love.”
Here’s to a life of making dreams a reality. Here’s to full, authentic, Real Glory in the Pacific Northwest. And here’s to you finding and fulfilling your own “Pacific Northwest.”