Our life living off the land in our log cabin, breathing fresh mountain air, and getting back to basics.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A New Adventure Begins

When Johny and I were considering living this log cabin life, I came across a quote by Mark Twain--“twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones that you did.” It had a significant impact on our deciding to come here over two years ago.

I'm excited to share that once again, I've made a decision to "advance confidently in the direction of my dreams," (part of a favorite quote by Thoreau) and have accepted an awesome position with a non-profit organization on the west coast of Florida.

When we moved here, we committed to a year of log cabin living. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to keep living this simpler life until I found the right employment opportunity. Well, this one found me, and as things continued to unfold, I knew it was perfect in so many ways.

We've made this decision together, and it does mean change for us. The current plan is that he'll stay at the cabin with Pogo and Fluffy, keeping the garden going and bringing me fresh produce care packages when he comes to visit. I'll find a small place to live (have found a cute little villa for the transition) and come up to the cabin for long weekends and vacations.

I've one more week before I leave the cabin. I'm sure I'll shed some tears as I drive away, and I've no doubt I'll miss my log cabin life. But I'd regret not taking this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.   

I'll continue writing my blog, though I probably won't post every day--I'm sure I'll have plenty to tell about my adventure and I'll also share cabin happenings. The life I'll be leading may not be my log cabin life, but it's still Lise's life, after all.

The photo is a trillium, the first I've seen in our woods. I thought it appropriate, as this post is a first too. Thank you for your support over these past two years, you have made blogging a real joy!

Thanks for reading my blog, see you tomorrow,


Linda said...

Such a lovely photo, Lise, and thanks so much for sharing your great story!

NCmountainwoman said...

Best of luck in your new venture. I will miss the fact that you are no longer in the cabin full time. I feel as if we are neighbors. I will look forward to hearing of your new adventures and about your part-time life in the cabin.

Unknown said...

Congratulations Lise. I want to be like you when I grow up. LoL

Lise said...

Thanks Linda.

NCmountainwoman, I appreciate that. I know I will miss my cabin life, but it'll still be here when I return. And I will retire some day, just not quite yet.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Best wishes!!! In your next adventure of your life.

I know it will be a new path for you and Johny. I look forward to the new direction of your blog and more about your new job.

Love ya girl friend

Lise said...

Thanks so much Patti. I'll miss getting to see you when you come this way, but maybe I'll see you in FL!

Powell River Books said...

I've been up at the cabin so I'm getting caught up on some past posts. I know not living at your cabin will be difficult after all this time. But I know you will enjoy your new job and things will work out. All the best. - Margy

Vicki Lane said...

Best of luck on the journey!

A Colorful World said...

Oh, Lise...how wonderful that you are embarking on a new phase in your life! I know it will be hard to live separately, and I am amazed that you will be giving so much of your non-profit profits up to a place to live (I know that non-profits pay little...at least the ones I have been involved in!) But sometimes it isn't about money...it's about helping others. It's about having a passion for something, and giving of yourself. I wish you all the best in this new endeavor, and look forward to hearing about it! Love the trillium! Gorgeous!

Lise said...

Thanks Margy, I am looking forward to this new adventure. But I'll be back, no doubt about that, and when this opportunity comes to a close, I'll be right back here living my log cabin life!

Thank you Vicki, I'm looking forward to it.

No worries Marie, it's all working out splendidly. I'm grateful it's working out the way it is, everything's exactly as it should be!

Dad/Pepere said...

Congratulations. Hugs!

Lise said...

Exciting times Dad! Hugs back:)