This time last year I was driving a moving van halfway across the country. The days before were dedicated to packing up our home in Columbia, for the second time in a matter of months. The first packing up occurred May 2010 as I moved out of my precious District apartment in the Fredrick.
It was my first apartment without a roommate. Leaving that home and moving in with Ryan was an exciting time for me. We’d been living between two homes for three years. Ending my time at the place that brought me so much independence and growth was intense.
By the middle of June I was completely moved into our condo. But it was three months later that I started packing boxes for Ryan’s new opportunity in San Francisco. Ryan’s move was a pretty simple one, whatever fit in his Honda went to California. Packing took all of a weekend and before I knew it, Ryan was off to San Francisco.
Four months later I acted on my decision to join Ryan in California. This time the move wouldn’t involve a Honda. Instead it ended up involving a twenty-seven foot Budget moving van. This was one of those moves you wouldn’t wish on anyone. It became clear from the beginning that this was going to be easy. We battled ice storms, our moving van broke down several times and so many other fun ‘only happens to Justin’ issues.
But what mattered was that we made it. With the help of my grandmother, lots of coffee and a bit of luck, she and I made it to San Francisco on Christmas Eve. It was the best Christmas gift I could have ever asked for.
Ryan and I often think about how much has happened in the last year and all that we have been through over the last four years. It’s really quite remarkable and fun. Ryan never fails to remind me of how grateful we should be for where we are. Every time we drive into the city, he points to the San Francisco skyline and says, “That is our home, we live there. Can you believe it?”
Part of me thinks this is all impossible and then another part of me remembers how hard we both worked to get where we are today. Thanks for coming along for the ride, let’s see what we can accomplish in 2012. Hopefully more time traveling for fun, staying in hotels because we want to, not because our house is full of toxic mold and who knows what else!