In the upcoming weeks, we are going to pack up our life in Montana and drive over 2,600 miles to start fresh in Alaska.  Two adults, two kids, three animals, four days in the car… Our goal has always been to build our life together there, however when I found out I was pregnant with Nora, our plans were put on hold.   Jacob was born and raised there, and I fell in love with him and his surroundings.  My heart has been set on building a life outside of Montana for quite a while.   So, I made the first step and purchased the 2017 edition of The Milepost.  Everyone I had already spoken to about the move and all of the forums I had read about traveling the Alaska Highway said this was a must-have.

I wasn’t planning on making an announcement about our move, but word spread fast from the few people I had told (family gossipers-you know exactly who you are).  The original plan was to make a post once we were there and settled, but there have been a lot more emotions than I expected, both my own and those of my friends and family.  I figured making a post beforehand would put me in a position where I had to deal with and process those emotions before leaving state.  A part of me was trying to convince myself that moving away would allow me to leave certain feelings behind, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.

This will be the first time in my twenty-five years that I will be living somewhere other than Billings.  I’ve honestly lived a pretty sheltered life, and I feel bitter about not being able to move away from Billings right after high school like a good portion of my friends did.  I’m learning that there will always be someone that is let down by my choices, but that I need to move past that when I know my decisions are in the best interest of myself and my family.  I have always felt like I am obligated to justify my decisions to those around me.  I don’t know if I can attribute that to being the youngest sibling in my family, but I am trying so hard to really own my independence and prove everyone wrong who thinks I’m not capable of doing so.  I am trying to unlearn this habit and really take ownership of my choices.  I will be leaving the only home I’ve known my entire life, most of my family, all of my friends.  The decision to move was not made easily, and I know there will be many tears as the day gets closer.  (Let’s face it, I cry all the time…)

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I will spend the next couple of weeks finalizing preparations for our move.  Passport applications are about to be submitted, we are selling the majority of our things, budget spreadsheets and lodging arrangements are being made…  I definitely underestimated the amount of organization this move would require of me.  I have to organize the lives of four people in less than four weeks.

Luckily, we were recently able to get ourselves into a new vehicle for the winter, so this is one less thing we have to worry about before the move.  The sedan I had purchased a couple of years ago  was perfect for when I was a single mom with one child, but trying to fit my family that has doubled in size this year just wasn’t going to happen.  The Jeep will let us pack up the kids, our animals, and the belongings we choose not to leave behind.  AND I can finally enjoy winter like the true Montanan I am, with four-wheel drive!

In addition to moving across the globe, I am also going to become a full-time stay at home mom.  This has been a dream of mine since Penelope was born in 2013.  I’m lucky enough to have worked for a company that gave me a pretty generous maternity leave package.  I was able to spend time with Nora for four months without having to worry about how I was going to pay my bills.  As that 16th week was approaching, I started to debate whether or not returning to work was going to work for us.  After messing with our budget spreadsheet (which I am obsessed with-I have spreadsheets for everything), we decided that it wouldn’t make sense for me to go back to work full-time.  I would basically be working 40 hours a week just to pay for someone else to spend time with my children, and I wouldn’t be bringing any extra money home to make it worth the time.  I really could not be more thankful that Young Living fell into my lap when it did.  I get to work from my bed while enjoying quality products and not sacrificing time with my children, AND I get to bring this business with me.  I can say the same about my other new adventure that I mentioned in my last blog post.  (You can read more about that here.)  An upcoming post will go into detail about how I earn money with Young Living, but if you’re a stay at home mom or dad (or want to become one) and want more information before then, please send me an e-mail at and I can hook you up!

I will be doing a travel series to document our journey, and I will post updates as plans progress.  We haven’t set an official move date, but I can say we’ll be on the road after the first of the year.

 If you have ever moved a long distance, I’d love to hear from you!  All tips, stories and ideas are welcome!  Drop a comment below or send a message to

IMG_2168This has been my view for the last couple of weeks.  I have to say I’m super thankful for the Stress Away blend that Young Living has.  Trying to soak in as much information as possible from a 700+ page travel planner and fill out passport applications for four people has been quite the headache.  I suppose I’m not too surprised it’s my new favorite oil though, anything with Copaiba has been my go-to lately.

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