Adapting from City Life to Country Life

It’s been over a year since we moved from the city to the country.  Enumclaw, is beginning to feel like home now.  The people are kind, friendly and good.

When we first moved here, my jobs still took me back to the city.  It was still winter, and by 5:00 p.m. it was already dark.  I don’t enjoy driving in the dark.  That’s because, as I have aged, my eyesight isn’t as good, especially in the dark.  Furthermore, driving through unfamiliar, narrow winding roads with no street lights, wasn’t much fun to me.  Heavy rain and a dirty windshield didn’t help the drive either.

So, as you can imagine, there was a lot of basic adjustments that I was going through.  Even if was as simple as driving.

On such nights, I knew I had to be alert and careful.  I found that this caused my body to harden and be tense.  After over an hour of driving unfamiliar roads, I would come home tired, stiff in my knees and shoulders.  All I wanted to do was to have a hot shower to get all my kinks out.

As the seasons changed and spring rolled around, the sun altered my perception.  The once dark and cold landscape, transformed to open spaces that now felt so welcoming.  The view of grazing horses, cows and alpaca against Mt. Rainier on a clear day was just so breath taking.  It even reminded me of the area near my parent’s home in Hawaii.  I began to look forward to driving back to Enumclaw after a long day.

Summer brought lovely winds.  Some days it would blow in the wrong direction.  Then the air smelt like “cows”.  The city girl in me wasn’t fond of the smell.  Funnily, it never bothered my husband, Robin.  Maybe because he grew up in the countryside in England.  It must have brought back memories.  Who knows.

I managed to find a path that was full of blackberries, apples, and salmon berries.  Spending a quiet morning on my own with my little bucket picking berries was a little slice of heaven.  In the distance, a white horse was simply enjoying the peace, just as I was.

The town of Enumclaw is small.  There is never a long line at the post office or supermarket.  I like that.  If I am sitting on my front porch, people wave and say hi.  Kids still play in their front yard and ride their bikes.  It feels safe.  And that’s a really good feeling.

From a feng shui perspective, how does one assess the move?  Feng shui is about finding and creating a living environment that supports your life.  So, the first step is to know and understand your life and the one you want to lead.  Does it support our life?

The simple answer is yes.  Robin is spending most of his day in the green house.  I am transitioning a lot of my work to be able to work from home.  One son came home.  It’s probably only temporary.  So, I’m enjoying his company as much as I can, because I know it’s not forever.

Change is hard, but change is good.  We believe it’s the right thing for us at this time in life.  Who knows what the future will bring.  But, right now, the city girl is enjoying the country and all is good.

photo: By Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon (Enumclaw Farm) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

 



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, is an interior designer, specializing in a contemporary Asian aesthetic and serves the Greater Seattle Area through her company, 3 Frogs Design. She's also a certified Feng Shui consultant from the Blue Mountain Feng Shui Institute.

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