More on what that means later…While we had no hesitation in our lifelong commitment to each other, we have been reticent to call a single city home without some sort of modern-day courtship.
And, what’s more Millennial than sorting through options via Tinder?
(Also, if anyone feels inspired to give me a gift, and you’re reading this — I’m thinking a new running hat may be needed, per the below.)Home is where we can find others that enjoy the same activities. They offer to store your items and rent them to others when you’re not using them. If you live in SF please support this company so they can scale out to other cities! I did so via Audible while cleaning out my closets well before our nomadic adventure began.
Note: We don’t have any photographic proof of the new friends we’ve made in the cities we’ve dated. And what kind of human beings would we be if we didn’t try and eliminate work from our lives? I wish this stuff was making us money instead of costing us money. Make what you own available for rent by others when you don’t need it, and when they do. And through my favorite podcast, “The Good Life Project” I learned about these guys, the minimalists, on tour now.
We eat out more than ever to sample local delights, and yet still find ourselves nestling up to our trusty stand-by, The Whole Foods salad bar. Does the meaning of home differ from person to person? What I’m discovering is that the home we build is simply a collection of what we value. We put our stuff there while in Japan for two weeks. However, it’s even more important when you are an ambivert (me) or full blown introvert (my husband).
Today I still believe there’s an opportunity for credit card companies, and Venmo, to do more in telling the story of how we live based on where we spend. There are many ways to live your life, and to define home. If what you want doesn’t exist, then think creatively about how you may build it.
For me this has included finding co-working spaces to meet entrepreneurs, and group workout classes to try and chat it up with other sweaty people.
It also means subjecting myself to shaky hands with too much cold brew sourced from neighborhood coffee shops.
Maybe if this was something more people did then the act of quickly, and deeply assimilating to a community would be easier? Overall, the act of moving around is one big logistical challenge. We are incredibly grateful for companies like Airbnb for making it MUCH easier. Each stop we make, we pack up heaps of clothes we never wore, shake our heads and ask: We don’t need everything we brought. The places we’re choosing to date are high class broads. The beach towns of San Diego and LA, the “Paradise Valley” known as Santa Barbara, and the mountainous tech hub of Boulder, CO. Depending on the proximity to the ocean, or dining/shops, you’re likely going to have a rehab project on your hands. (Maybe this is just me justifying the high price for low square footage ratio, but I really believe it to be true.)What you really need is access to the outdoors because it is beautiful year round, and so in effect your home’s outdoor space becomes just as livable as your standard home type indoor space. IDEA #3: Modest, well designed homes built with access to the outdoors, and community in mind. Tiny homes have taken off, but even more so there is a modular home movement.
Yet, we recognize there’s plenty of room for continued innovation and improvement of what exists, and creation of what doesn’t. More than that, reducing what we have directly eliminates the burden we feel picking up and moving from place to place. The 80’s song, “It’s going to take a whole lotta money…to do it right child…” comes to mind. Google just announced they’ll be investing in homes for employees in the Bay Area.