December 17th of last year was my last day of work in Kentucky. We had already had a garage sale and sold most of our stuff and after work on the 17th we finished packing our 30′ travel trailer, locked the doors and left. We have been living in our travel trailer for over a year now.
While things haven’t gone how I would have predicted, they are going better than I ever could have imagined.
When I got to the Northwest, the area where I grew up and where we have the highest concentration of family, I started looking for jobs. Having just left a job at the YMCA that I really enjoyed, I was especially hopeful to get on with a Y in the Northwest. I also applied at colleges, hospitals and transportation departments. I had time and some savings so we were a little picky. We wanted a full time job that would support my family.
I had many interviews and had the chance to travel around Washington and Oregon interviewing and seeing pretty things. After several months without a job offer, I started making cold calls to environmental building organizations trying to find a job in something that I was really passionate about. That didn’t work out.
We also kept our eyes on farm internships that could open the way to us becoming more involved in environmental movements. Those didn’t work out either.
I spent quite some time sort of depressed because I had left a good job and was neither moving closer to my ultimate goals, nor was I even finding a job to support my family.
Then one day, everything changed. I got a job offer from a community college for a part-time job that wouldn’t support my family and we found a farm internship that would work for our family. So I could work at the community college and live at the farm internship and everything would work out.
It has been working out pretty well (except for a terrible commute twice a week). And now since I have a part time job (that I’m really enjoying), I can think of farming part time and starting making my own path in an environmental field.
All of the things that I had hoped for a year ago and felt were out of reach 6 months ago are coming to reality today. Sometimes you just have to take the first step and be prepared to follow unconventional paths in order to see where they lead.