relocation narration (hill)

it’s official. they’re moving. next month. to utah. a two-day drive away from here.

my brother and his family bought a big, beautiful home in draper, utah.  20 minutes south of salt lake city, a half hour from snowbird skiing, and right down the street from trails through the dwarf oak forests at the base of the wasatch mountains. they’re thrilled. i’m thrilled, too, that they’re happy. at the same time, my sense of stability is falling out from under me.

it was a whole different story when I was the one doing the moving. i’ve moved away from here so much — spent almost 20 years away, lived all over the world, had incredible adventures — and wrote postcards, diligently, so glad to be the one out and about and taking in the world.

so what’s this? THEY’RE leaving and I’M the one who’s being left behind????? maybe it’s time for me to make a move, too …

i helped my friend heather move into her lovely new home in berkeley this weekend. she said that many years ago, much of the time she lived in a particular rental was a very difficult period of her life, in spite of the cuteness of the cottage in an exciting neighborhood. made me think … practically the whole time i’ve lived here in my beautiful home in one of the most beautiful places on earth — mill valley and marin county — it has been a very challenging time for  me. challenging as in sobbing on the kitchen floor challenging. hmmmm.

heather is very into astrology and suggested i try having my “relocation astrology” chart done.  i think i just might! can i lobby the astrologer for ibiza, new zealand, portland, france, turkey? utah?

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About hillarah

my dad gave me my first camera in high school, a sturdy black minolta. i found my gift, my voice, my way to be with the world. after journalism school, i swashbuckled as a photojournalist for over a decade. moved home to norcal to be near family and started a boutique stock photography agency, see jane run. life had other plans. my camera lived mostly in the closet for nine years. last summer working on a film in france and spain, my camera became my friend again. and now, it's like rekindling a long-lost love. now with more wisdom, more freedom. pure joy.
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6 Responses to relocation narration (hill)

  1. Meg says:

    I vote for Ibiza or France–with guest room I can stay in!

  2. Peter Duke says:

    Utah rocks!

  3. Sue says:

    What happened to Boulder? We are close to skiing, hiking and good friends/family!!!! Ross says don’t move to New Zealand!!!!!

  4. Dana Gunderson says:

    Where does YOUR heart tell YOU to go, sweetie pie? Don’t ask us, we all have very personal motives. P.S. I have a fabulous yoga instructor!!

  5. utah? you know i grew up just north of slc! we need to talk! its beautiful, and hey, you will a new grounded reality from SF- life is short, go for it. (but dont sell your house!)

  6. hill says:

    ok, so far there are votes for ibiza, france, utah and astoria. will it be a roll of the dice? astrology? globe spinning and finger pointing with eyes closed? the still small voice inside just isn’t loud enough for me to hear … yet! will keep you posted.

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