The year was 2000. I was 23 at the time and had little idea where my life was headed, except to Nashville, TN. What had begun in San Francisco had taken me through Los Angeles and on to Music City, where I hoped I would find my true place in this world.
And so I did. I worked hard. I took risks. I drank a lot of beer. (A LOT of beer.) And in time I developed some of the closest friendships I have ever had. I have built or been a part of building 9 businesses, invested-in, cheered-on and consulted-with many others, and have seen more highs and lows in the last eleven years than I can count.
And I am sad to be saying goodbye to the only place I have truly called “home” since I was a kid.
This past Christmas I got lost in the snow-covered mountains of Washington state. My mind was erased by towering redwoods, glacial rivers and the joy of spending quality time with my niece and four nephews. In a word, I remembered. This is what life is about.
My bride and I knew at the same time, while driving through Astoria, Oregon, that this was where we wanted to be. We had always talked about moving to the Pacific-Northwest someday, we just didn’t expect for someday to be “today.” It’s a bitter-sweet feeling to know that great adventure lies ahead, while the sadness of missing our friends has already crept in.
How lucky we are though, to live in a time when everyone’s online, seemingly all of the time. Heck, I’ve got quite a few “Nashville friends” that haven’t lived here for years! I’m glad to have a blog that will allow me to catalog the experience, and business partners that trust that they are still in good hands, even though it means working from afar.
This will surely be the first post of many, but know this, Nashville… These have been the best days of our lives and we’ll be back to visit often.
And LOOK OUT, Portland! A fresh blast of awesome is headed your way.