My name is Shema. My family and I live in Southeast Alaska, Juneau to be exact. We have lived here for almost a year and we are loving it!
The road to Alaska was not an easy one, as with anything in life. There are experiences and events that shape our lives and have led us to where we are today.
I grew up in Southern California right next door to Joshua Tree National Park. Having the park in my backyard deeply influenced my love of nature.
As a child we visited the Park regularly. The Rangers taught me to appreciate and care for the land.
Fast Forward to my late teens, that is when I met my husband. My husband is from Oklahoma and after he got out of the military, we decided to move to Oklahoma.
Leaving the beauty of California, my family, and the abundance of things to do, was very hard on me. It took ten years to adjust and then I still didn’t feel like Oklahoma was a right fit for me.
The last five years of living in Oklahoma, we lived on 5 acres where we had a homestead. We had pigs, chickens, rabbits, bees, and milking goats at one time. It was a hard but enjoyable. Even though we were living our dreams, we stilled wanted more.
My husband and I have always had a fascination with Alaska. On our 20 year anniversary, he flew me to Alaska for a quick trip. We traveled from Anchorage down to the Kenai Peninsula to Homer and Back, visiting towns along the way.
It was amazing and we fell in love. So we got home and started planning for our next trip. Two years later we purchased a travel trailer and my husband and kids drove up through Canada and met me at the airport in Fairbanks.
We spent 2 weeks traveling to Denali National Park, Talkeetna, Seward, Homer and everywhere in between. We then decided we wanted to live in this beautiful place.
So we started putting in job applications without any luck. All we talked and thought about was Alaska. We kept our eyes out for jobs and applied when one caught our eye.
My kids would say, “You still haven’t let that go”, when we talked about moving. I told them you don’t just give up on your dreams because you fail a few times.
We didn’t give up on our dreams and it took over two years to find jobs. We now are living our dream and this blog is that story.
I hope you will join us on our journey and that it inspires you to live the life of your dreams!