I have always lived in the Evergreen state and being from a suburb in Seattle, I am used to lush green forests and trees, big beautiful mountains, and what feels like an unlimited amount of natural lakes. We also live super close to the Puget Sound and Pacific Ocean. I would be lying if I said that I didn't love the scenery here, it really is gorgeous. But life near a major city is also stressful. Seattle is homebase to major corporations like Microsoft, Amazon.com, T-Mobile, Expedia, Nintendo... etc... which draws a lot of people here. That isn't always a bad thing, I mean, my Husband loves it because he knows that he will always have a job in his field. But the over-populated communities, the traffic.... OH THE TRAFFIC (shoot me now!), and the fast-paced mind set can be exhausting. Granted, I don't life IN the city of Seattle, but I have always lived in a fairly large suburb of it, and life has always felt so hectic. I've never enjoyed that feeling. So when we got pregnant with Easton, we moved out to a smaller town, but even now, I feel the trickle down of the big city.
My Husband is from Southeast Idaho, and I had a running joke with my sister-in-law Nichole, that every photo or video I took while we were there, made it look so "red neck". The first time she said that, I laughed and told her that I wasn't staging anything, I was simply photographing what was there. And truthfully, the town my Husband is from, is a tiny little podunk town, and so life is sorta red-necky there. It's vast with farms and livestock, most people own tractors. There are tons of small family owned businesses, a lot of the buildings are old and rundown, and there's only one high school that all the kids attend. It's not uncommon for people to drive into town on an ATV (ahem, Philip's Dad), the goats getting loose and wondering the streets is normal, and people have and shoot guns regularly (GASP!). All of this is so foreign to me, but if I'm being honest, I like it.
Idaho doesn't have the beautiful green landscape that I love in Washington, in fact, it's kinda ugly and brown. But what it lacks in scenery, it makes up for in quality of life, in my opinion, of course ;-). Things aren't as busy, people are more laid back, and life just seems... simpler. People seem to be less concerned with the material things of the world, and more happy just being with their friends and family. There is something to be said about that. Actually, there's a lot to be said about that.
Obviously, I haven't actually lived there before, so who knows if I'd be there (or somewhere like it), but it really is appealing sometimes. I'm just not a city girl. I like going to the city, but I need quiet.
And all this isn't to say that I'm going to pack up my family and move to Idaho, but I'm saying that I wouldn't mind it one day. If anything, it makes me want to slow down a little and just enjoy life a little more. Ya know?
What are your thoughts? Are you city people? Or do you prefer the country?
Oh totally off topic --you know how Zulily had that crazy sale on TOMS shoes a while ago?? It's going on again now!! Go stock up. I know I did.