After much dreaming, reading and lots of planning, I have made some big changes in my life: The golden handcuffs known as consulting are off and I got out of New England. This might seem like a crazy move but the universe told me it was the right time for a change and I listened.
I have gone from a classic five-room condo in Somerville, MA to a 4400+ acre homestead in Montana with a beautiful cabin as my home, seven horses as my neighbors and the Absaroka Mountain range as my backdrop. We are not completely isolated from the world being about 8 miles from downtown Livingston, captured beautifully here by C. David Swanson, a local artist:
Fun facts and observations about life around here thus far:
- Livingston has 14 Galleries, 3 Stoplights, a ton of coffee houses, 2 bookstores and the cleanest air in the Rockies.
- Horses are friendly, really like oats and love being brushed.
- There is no light pollution and the stars are beautiful.
- Second Street Bistro is a yummy restaurant with amazing cocktails and a commitment to using local and organic ingredients. This is one of many yummy restaurants, my new No 9 Park.
- If you haven’t finished your drink but need to leave, no worries! You can take it in a to go cup. That’s right folks, this is not a typo.
- Speaking of booze, you can buy wine ANYWHERE and as early as 9am, even on Sundays. And, oh, there is no open container law.
- Everybody has a dog (or 3) and a BIG truck. That includes me now.
- The Farmers market is a TRUE event that people talk about excitedly.
- The locals are friendly, interesting and thus far, a bit crazier than moi.
So tell me, have you made some changes lately? Small or big, if it is making you happy, give me your story, I wanna hear it.
Until my next blog, people. This cowgirl has got to go ride a horse!