Life Lately: Settling into My New Life in Oregon

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I’ll start this off by giving you a short summary of the last few years: This time four years ago, I was living in China. Three years ago, I was living in a lonely apartment in DC and in a long distance relationship. Two years ago, I was a new Canadian resident, living in a big house on a lake. Last year, I left that relationship and put myself back together in Hawaii. This year, I’m settling into my new life in Oregon.

It feels strange piecing the last four years of my life into four short sentences, because there’s so much that fits into those four years — life lessons, memories, huge milestones, moments I’ll never forget, good and bad, love and loss, travel, experiences and so much more. It feels odd stumping it all down to a tiny paragraph, but I’m saving the good stuff for my book 😉

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Where Am I Now?

When I left Hawaii, I didn’t have a plan. I just knew I’d be traveling for a while. Well, for nearly 5 months I’ve been living on the road, traveling from place to place, and living freely and simply. No life commitments, no material belongings, no end destination in mind. Just the open road.

A few weeks ago, I was on the east coast and then decided to head back to Oregon. It took about a week to drive from the east coast all the way back to the west coast, and I’ve been here in Oregon for about a week now.

Settling into Life in Oregon

Last week was full of interviews, work and house hunting. And I’m praying that some good opportunities show themselves to me in this upcoming week! I’ve had some amazing conversations and meetings with some incredible people, so I’m very hopeful.

This weekend was rainy (of course, it’s Oregon…) so it was full of football, stocking up on some warmer clothes, and seeing friends. After traveling so much in such a short amount of time, it was really nice to take it easy and relax.

Finding the Good in Waiting

I’ll be honest: it hasn’t been the smoothest, easiest ride. I’ve been extremely overwhelmed and feeling quite directionless. Should I live here, in a bigger city? Or should I take this job? That job? And there’s also been a heck of a lot of this: “WHAT IF”

There’s also been a lot of waiting: Waiting to hear from a job, a house, people, if there’s a better opportunity, another sign, a better time. Waiting, waiting, waiting.

I know everything will figure itself out, and that everything will be fine — because it always is. But, it’s still hard to sit in the unknown.

Where Faith Comes In

That’s where an important part of my life comes in: my faith. I know He’s up there doing big things for me. He has a plan for my life, and He already knows how things will work out. I want everything figured out right now, but things might not be working in my time because it doesn’t align with His time — and I have to remember that His time is the right time.

I’m overwhelmed and feeling lost, but this is where the biggest part of being a Christian comes in. As Christ’s followers, we’re His sheep and He is our shepherd. We’re small, we don’t know the way, and we get lost from time to time. He is our shepherd, He knows the way, and He is the only one who can save us and guide us when we’re feeling lost.

We don’t know the way, and that’s why we have to be patient and do things in His time.

I tend to forget that, when I get wrapped up in me, me, me. But I’ve been spending more time sitting with my bible, and then I’m reminded of the bigger purpose, the greater goal: Living my life for Jesus, being patient, following Him, and just seeking joy.

Anyway, this was just a little heart update. Oregon is my new home. Things are happening for me in my life, slowly but surely. I’m practicing patience, obedience, and gratitude. And I’m seeking joy in my every day. As always: God’s got me!

How’s everything in your life? What are some big things happening for you? How can I pray for you and your heart? ❤️

18 responses to “Life Lately: Settling into My New Life in Oregon”

  1. Hi Jasmine. That is really cool. Life has been good on my end. Preparing for camp Nano. A little stressed, but I’m figuring out how to write stories and why it matters to me. Like you said. God is in control. I’m so excited to write a story and eventually publish it, but my true happiness comes from those around me. I’ve been very thankful for my friends and those who I’ve connected with on the web like you. They say the people you hang around influence you. I can feel that for sure.


    • It sounds like you’ve got a busy (and fun) few weeks ahead of you! I’ve never participated in any writing things like Nano, maybe I should one of these days when my life calms down a bit!

      I’m like you, in that my happiness has always come from my surroundings and people around me. But lately, a lot of my happiness has been coming from within, which is THE greatest feeling ever.

      I’m so happy and thankful to have connected with people like you as well! It’s an awesome thing 🙌🏼


  2. Jasmine, seems like you like driving across the united states :-). But i think Oregon is a great place. I mean besides all the craft beer and great food and things to do. Not sure where you are settling but I really loved Eugene quite a bit. The other nice thing about most of the cities is its easy to take Amtrak north or south and see some truly great country if you get the travel bug. Have fun in Oregon. Is it raining yet? Maybe I should ask instead if its stopped yet. Being facetious. Sounds like a great place to settle. For me, I doubt I will ever return to the states. There’s nothing left for me there. I waited 10 years to leave. I’m very happy with how things are just this moment in Cambodia and the next moments to come in Asia.


  3. I can’t possible type the whole section here, but I just recently shared these words and more with another person: “What I realize now is that God used every one of those experiences to build my character, to teach me perseverance and dedication, to help me figure out my strengths and weaknesses, and to shape my perceptions of the world. … Nothing is wasted when we view it through the lens of what God has for us in whatever life brings our way.” From Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle.

    Keep finding joy!


  4. Wow, you’ve almost literally been all over the place (with “the place” being the World ;)). I am slightly jealous of you. Can’t wish you anything but the best, though. You’ll be fine, I know you will.


  5. quite a journey it has been for you! But this experience has made you stronger. And strengthened your faith. Thank you, for joining my blogging journey! I look forward to reading your posts!


  6. This is so beautiful . I find myself in a similar situation today and this encouraged me so much . I pray you do get the the job and home. Proverbs 3:5-6


  7. Waiting for God as He silently works in the background to fulfill his purpose in our lives is so hard. Are you familiar with the book of Esther? It’s the only book in the Bible that doesn’t mention God by name and yet it is clear throughout the entire story that He is hard at work fulfilling His purposes-just as He is in your life and mine. Timothy Keller has a great sermon series/podcast on it. Anyway, good luck to you!


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