Do I see myself buying a million dollar house here in the future? No!
When people work for Amazon, Microsoft or Google alike, I guess the affordability isn’t an issue. But for me? Even the future me?
In the long term, becoming an employee of Amazon is not my goal. I’m not interested in working like a slave and sacrificing my mobility all for a multi-million-dollar debt.
In the short term, in order to be a part of the communities that I’m interested in, to live the life I want, I need to move to Seattle or a close by town with shorter commute.
I can’t afford the rent in Seattle, unless I share a house with a dozen roommates. Then if not in Seattle, where can I move to that is closer to it but more affordable? Does such a thing exist?
If I don’t plan on getting into the high tech industry which pays for the standard of living here, what am I doing here?
If I can’t be a part of the communities that are invaluable to my happiness and vitality, what am I doing here?
Does my short-term action align with my long-term goals?
I read a book called “Smartcuts” by Shane Snow a couple of weeks ago. The book is about Lateral thinking. Lateral thinking is a manner of solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.
After talking to my neighbors that evening, a voice spoke to me loud and clear when I jumped out of the bed the next morning, “What if I move to Portland, Oregon?” Wait! What?! Where did that come from? Really?! Wow!
Did my intuition cook something up overnight out of the place of despair?
Was this Lateral thinking?
Quality of Life: Seattle #13, Portland #14 (Tie)
Traffic Index: Seattle #9, Portland # 40!
Cost of living Index: Portland is 38% LESS expensive than Seattle.
Weather: Same and with a Bonus of 15 mins more day light each day as we speak.
Kizomba Dance community? Tai chi Community? Good doctors? Yes! Yes and Yes!
My intuition may have cooked up something marvelous. Maybe all I need to do now is to embrace it with gratitude.