Take a Chance

I’ve been pondering over what to blog about. I spoke to a fan of mine, and she said to write about myself. She as a reader loves to learn things about her favorite author, so I decided to tell you about a humongous life changing decision me and my husband made and acted upon eleven years ago. 

We were living in Prescott Valley Arizona that once upon a time ago, was a wonderful place to live, but then it started growing. The crime rate went through the roof, people were building houses everywhere, and the once beautiful landscape was now filled with businesses. The forest was trashed and meth became a huge problem. Our small town was turning into a miniature Phoenix, which btw was where I grew up and had left there years before to get away from the craziness. The stress and crime almost sent us over the edge until one day we decided to get the hell out of there and move to a small town. To make a long story short, I was working with a gal who was selling her house in rural North Dakota for only $20,000.00. She always gushed about the small town but was stuck in Prescott because of her husband’s family business. So Kevin (hubby) and I made a huge decision: sell our current house, pay off all of our bills, get a cheap ass apartment in downtown Prescott, save up more money for a year, and if the house is still available, pay it outright. Once our decision was made and we took action toward our goals, everything fell into place. We put our house on the market and received three offers within 24 hrs. Once we accepted an offer, we took the next step and paid our bills off, then rented a small cheap apartment and started saving our money. We did take a road trip to Wyoming and checked out small towns there, but for some reason, the house my coworker was selling in rural North Dakota was calling to me. A year later, it was still available. Okay, now check this out . . . We had never stepped foot in North Dakota, we didn’t know a soul, or if the house we just purchased was a piece of shit. We bought it sight unseen. My family thought we were nuts, except for my dad who lived in Ohio. He was supportive. The rest of my family, though, mocked us and was downright rude. I’m happy to say and gloat that they are now singing a different tune and wished they had done the same thing.

Anyway, Kevin and I figured if the house we bought was a dump, we could always fix it up. I mean, hell, we no longer had a mortgage or rent payment. We weren’t slaves to our jobs. So yeah, that’s what we did. We loaded up our stuff in a U-Haul and headed to rural North Dakota, and let me tell you that was one of the best things we had ever done. We love it here. It’s farm country with about 1,800 people. We have one stop light, we can leave our doors unlocked, and the nearest Wal-Mart is an hour away. Sure the winters are cold, but I’ll take that over the crime and stress any day. Oh, and I love having all four seasons.

The moral of this story is if you really want something, don’t allow your fear, doubt, or other people’s opinions keep you from doing it. You will never know what will happen until you try. If you fail, so what? At least you know and will never have to wonder about it, right?  So go for it. We did and have no regrets.




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