Tuesday, February 1, 2011

2 Year Anniversary in Portland

Today is my two year Portland anniversary. Who would have thought I would still be here settling into this odd but wonderful city? Two years ago I would have told you I would only be in Portland for 7 months. A year ago I would have told you I would probably only be here one more year. Now when people ask me how long I think I’ll live here, I simply say “I honestly don’t know, but why leave something that’s so good?” I still miss my family and friends in Texas every day, but the longer I am in Portland the more I love it and accept it as my home (at least for now).

After reading through some old blog posts and my post on this day last year, I realized how much I am continuing to grow year after year. If I was to describe this past year in one word it would be this: faith.

Within the last year I have discovered:
- you can plan your life, but 90% of the time things don’t go as you planned
- you should wear wrist guards when snowboarding
- you can do anything you put your mind to, even running 26.2 miles
- a little bit of encouragement can go a long way
- how to live in the moment
- giving visitors “Mary’s Portland Tour” never gets old
- spontaneity makes life more exciting
- I'm no longer weirded out or surprised by the weirdness of Portland
- how flat Texas really is in comparison to the Oregon terrain
- my Texas accent is never going away and it apparently gets stronger when I talk about Texas
- you can eat at a different Portland restaurant every night and never run out of options
- the power of prayer


  1. I have mixed emotions about this post, but mostly...I'm just happy for you and all that you're experiencing and learning about life.
    I love you!

  2. Happy two year anniversary! :) Hope you like the power bars and good luck running!