We are very open about the fact that we are moving back to Alaska. The original plan was to leave by May of 2016. Not gonna happen. 😕
Things happen. Sometimes they happen and aren’t what you were planning. In my case, I lost my high paying job (which was a blessing) and took a detour to get a degree that will help me reach our long term goals.
My new career pays a whole lot less than my old career but it is much more satisfying. It also tends to be seasonal in nature… So, me being me, I ramped up a business I started in 2014 and took a huge leap into being “official”. This is no longer a “craft/hobby” business, we are now a full blown, serious, professional services provider.
We are licensed, bonded and insured as general contractors. Good golly Miss Molly! What have I gotten myself into now?!
When I was meeting with the insurance broker he made the comment “you sure have your fingers in a lot of things”, my response was “gotta make sure I stay employed”. I’ve got bills to pay and a future to fund.
Here is what we are doing;
* Landscape design and maintenance
* Pruning and weeding services
* Plant material selection and placement/installation
* Container design and maintenance
* Client Education & Garden Coaching
* General contracting
Why are we moving to the village? Why are we changing our entire way of life?
Now more than ever I am feeling called to make a difference. To help with a long-term solution to an increasing problem facing our small villages in Alaska.
Why? This is why… Angoon, Kake and Tenekee face ferry shut down…
Even if this is a short-term issue, I foresee that it will continue in various ways and force people away from their homes and culture. It will force people to live in the larger communities in order to meet their basic needs.
When a community is only accessible by boat or plane, not having access is a huge deal.
I get it that people make choices, and that living in remote communities means that a person will not have the same access to services as they would in a larger community. I totally get that. I lived in Juneau for 11 years. A very different way of life than living here in Seattle, or even in Anchorage.
Fred and I both believe that people should not have to move away from their homes in order to survive. The subsistence culture is alive and well in these places. We aim to expand on that in a way that will allow people to access additional resources in order to stay where they are.
Our native communities/villages are shrinking. Children are seeking life away from the villages and the elders are having to leave in order to seek or receive needed medical care. With that exodus, culture is fading away. Fortunately there are efforts to revitalize the language and the culture… But is that enough?
We will keep plugging away at our goals. We will get back to Alaska. We will achieve our dreams.
Here is another view of our future home –
We are stuck here for the foreseeable future, but not for forever. Where there is a will, there is a way… We have the will and we will find a way.
Angoon or bust!
~ Molly & Fred