Hey, There.

That Eleanor Roosevelt quote about doing one thing every day that scares you? That’s my mission statement for 2017. To start, I’m moving to Madrid. Hitting pause on my career, saying goodbye to friends, family and a kitty and jumping arms-flung-out-wide into the big unknown.

As I write this, I’m sitting in my comfy apartment in Seattle, anxious to put an ocean between me and the Trump administration as quickly as I can and impatient to settle into my overly idealized notion of European life. Cobblestone streets … terrace cafés … incredible markets … and oh, is that a strolling accordion player I hear in the distance?

Of course, reality will be different. I’m sure this will be the toughest, most stressful thing I’ve done in my life so far. I don’t speak Spanish. We don’t know anyone in Madrid. I don’t know what kind of job—if any—I’ll be able to find in Spain, and I’m going to be something called a trailing spouse. (I have a hard time believing that was the best name we could come up with for this situation, by the way.)

Scary, yes. But also an extraordinary opportunity. I am so lucky Mr. Natalie has a job that’s allowing us this incredible privilege. Not everyone gets to change countries under these circumstances, and for that I am very grateful.

Something else that’s scary? This. This blog. But I have experience managing a blog for an American retailer, so I’d like to see if I can take what I learned there and put it to use here. And writing has always been the thing I’ve leaned on since before I can remember, so it makes sense that it’s what I’m going to keep leaning on now.

I hope to fill this space with things that are useful and interesting for you, and I hope you’ll tell me what you think.

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