The Adventure Continues

March 21, 2012
{Original Photo by Jim Corwin} 

It's crazy to sit down and write another post about huge life change. 

We have spent the last two years here in Spokane while Matthew has worked on completing his Master's degree in Music. I started my own business, something that was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. We've met people here that have forever changed our lives. Matthew has grown as a musician and leaves his Master's work with a new direction and focus. 

And in three months, we will begin a new adventure.

Matthew's been offered a place in the University of California at Santa Barbara's Musicology Doctoral Program! 

Basically, we are moving to a tropical paradise where we will enjoy family, old friends, amazing connections, SUN, and where Matthew will enter a program that is paying him to pursue his lifelong dream. 

It goes without saying that we are beyond THRILLED to be returning to Santa Barbara. It's where we went to college, where we met, fell in love, and lived our first year together in that tiny cave of an apartment. Matthew owned a piano studio and I worked for a wealthy eccentric. We never had to de-ice anything. We never had to shovel snow. It rocked. 

When we left Santa Barbara, we were ready to see more of the world. We we're tired of the tropical weather. (Can you freakin' believe that?!) We wanted to burst out of the college town bubble. So we moved away and did a million things. We got jobs, moved into houses, added a black pup to the family, made new friends, went to grad school, and ended up here in Spokane. 

And let me tell you - after living for two years in Spokane we are more than ready to get out of here. 

More good news -  moving to SB means that I'm taking my photography to another level! I'm psyched to work more with Josh Newton and with a host of other super talented folks in SB. These people are in another class of photographers - giving, open, supportive, creative and loving. I'm excited to make that transition and expand my work!          

Bottom line: we could not have asked for a greater blessing. Tropical Paradise? Living near our beloved Hoskings? Matthew fulfilling a lifelong dream? My chance to more seriously pursue photography? Reconnecting with our old SB friends? Living by the beach?! almost seems too good to be true. :)

Let the countdown BEGIN!


  1. YAY!!! I'm so happy for you guys!
    Santa Barbara is so much better the second time around, I know I appreciated it more after living in a place with actual weather :)

  2. Woo hooo!! I'm so happy and excited for you guys! And... wealthy eccentric, indeed.

  3. Thanks Sharon! We're thinking the same thing about SB the second time around :)

    Thanks Meg! We can hardly wait!

  4. Yay!! So excited for you and Matthew! There are some awesome opportunities awaiting you both. I'm excited to see more from Jess Roy Photography!