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Dual-living: Cape Cod and Vermont

I’ve been a proud Gemini all my life. Whether you wanna call it versatile or indecisive, I’m always loving both sides of the coin.

  • Bluegrass and hip-hop
  • REI and Sephora
  • Introvert and extrovert
  • Cozy knitting or a journal, and the expanding lungs of outdoor adventure

…mountains and the ocean

Our marriage feels like a perfectly arranged marriage, in the sense that I brought the Cape Cod and he brought the Vermont. We’re both equally at home by the ocean or in the mountains.

For the last eight weeks, we’ve spent our Monday through Thursday work-life on Cape Cod, and dashed up to Vermont every Thursday night through Sunday evening. We bought a mountain getaway in the middle of ski season, and we’ve lived it up! Thankfully, both of us are able to work really well from “home” on Fridays, wherever that home may be.

It doesn’t feel like a “vacation home” and a “primary residence”… it’s dual-living. Bi-coastal without the coast. The New York Times calls it “splitting.” Without realizing it, I’ve sorta made this thing a habit. There was that one time I moved to Banff for a month and never even told my job. Then a friend and I rented an apartment in Italy while continuing to run our photography businesses. Most recently I spent a month in South Africa while working my current job, all permission granted ;-) Life on the move is fun – and actually pretty easy if your job and family allows.

southern vermont ski houseAnyway, today is a Thursday, and it marks the first time we won’t be heading off to the Green Mountain State! What’s a gal to do?! Instead of drowning in my sorrows, I’m kinda seeing it as a nice reminder that this Vermont mountain house is ours forever, any time of year. It’ll still be there when we return – which thankfully will be for an extra long weekend with family over the Easter holiday next week!

With every inch of snow melt, we’re learning more about our new yard (eek!). Our new neighbors can’t stop talking about how cool the 4th of July holiday is in Vermont. And eventually we’ll be smack-dab in the middle of primo leaf-peeping – no crazy advance reservations needed. How exciting to experience more seasons in our sweet little space!

…in both of our spaces! I still find it hard to answer the question of where our other home is. “Yes, I’m very sorry, but I also live on Cape Cod.” I’m always trying to lessen the blow by adding that “I grew up there.”

But I’m vowing to get better at owning this fantastic story of ours, because everything in my/our particular lives has brought us to this point. From childhood camping trips, to college admissions, to our own wedding and those of my clients… This blog and my online bios have always said “Cape Cod + Southern Vermont” at the top. It was always in the works – thank you, universe!

The river of life is flowing as it should, and I’m lifting my toes to the surface, along for the ride. No matter where you’re at right now, the good and the bad, I believe you’re on the right path too. Enjoy the float!

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