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When More Than One Place Feels Like Home

That feeling you get when you sleep in your own bed after days or weeks away? That's the good stuff. I don't ever want to give up that first deep sleep in a familiar place. It's just too good.

Yet, lately I've had the distinct feeling that so many places could be "home." As we travel around the states, conversations often turn to where we might end up some day. We don't really talk about moving or roaming in terms of right-this-minute changes, but we've been known to look at a city, town or rural valley surrounded by towering mountains and note with a sigh, "yeah... I could live here." 

For so long we've been tied to one place—and in many, many ways we still are—but there's been this glimpse of what it might be like to reside someplace else for a while. I'm honestly grappling with that feeling. It feels glorious to be comfortable in so many different places, but it also feels strangely disorienting once we arrive home. I try not to fall prey to that grass is greener business, but I often ache for elsewhere. I find myself missing the places I've fallen in love with along the way.

While I don't have the answer to this conundrum, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter. I always try to appreciate my current surroundings as much as humanly possible (which should be evident herehere and here), but I'm wondering how my fellow travelers and explorers deal with the constant pull of other places. 

Spill it, friends.


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Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Confession time: I've been spending way too much time in front of the computer lately and not nearly enough time exploring and traveling.

And I miss it.

Over the last several years, we've had incredible opportunities to travel. Yet, as my freelance business has gained momentum (thank you, freelance Gods!), I've sought out travel opportunities less and less.

But you know what? It's sort of okay.

As much as I love adventure and miss hitting the road, this season of life has been more about appreciating our home base. We're working in the yard (and painting our house this week); we're spending time with friends and family as much as we can; I've kept my head down and said yes to professional opportunities that push me to learn more about content creation and we even adopted another puppy!  

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

Being home more reminds me how much we love having a home base. We love having a community to nurture, favorite local haunts to visit and a space to return to after a long day. I often get caught up in the stories I hear about those who've sold it all, packed their bags and decided to travel full-time—it all sounds so dreamy—but I'm not sure we'd ever be willing to give up a home base.

Why We Love Our Home Base Life

The next few months will have more travel sprinkled in, which I'm sure will satisfy my urge to wander a bit more, but I'm also trying hard to appreciate all of the goodness we have right here at home.

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So, what about you? How to you balance a home base life with wanderlust that won't quit? I know some of you have mastered this concept and would love to hear your tips!


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