City Living

Brighton, CO

So, remember when we shared that its pretty difficult to find work in Westcliffe?

Our savings account knows that fact all too well.

After a long winter without much work, and a husband with ADD cooped up in a house with no job, we’ve decided to take a few years to “fund raise”.

Basically what this means is…. we’re on the road again!

This time this destination is: Brighton Colorado!


This means a few changes for our rural living lifestyle:

(1) Saying goodbye (or see ya later) to this great little town we’ve really come to love and appreciate. We’ve made so many amazing relationships here and we cannot wait to move back ASAP.

(2) Macey has to go (or stay really). The cute lil pooch we got when we moved here isn’t really suited for the apartment lifestyle of the city. Being a St. Barnard and Lab mix, she loves running around our 2 acre lot. We have a good friend who has offered to take care of her and she will get to live on a farm and chase cows and chickens: her dream.



Griselda Hobbs

Griselda Hobbs











(3) Grizzy. The 1975 Jeep that has rescued Ryan from the mud, ice, and snow many times this winter. She’s such a beautiful old thing, but like Macey, better suited to mountain life. She is currently for sale if anyone is interested in giving her a loving home.

(4) Tiny House will stay here. We just had it moved {expensively} down here and some friends have graciously allowed us to store it on their land for now. So until we get land of our own and have some $avings to finish it, the tiny house will stay in Westcliffe. {see recent pics on instagram}

(5) The Mountains. AHHHH. Need I say anything else?

Hello these are my friends, the Sangres.

Hello these are my friends, the Sangres.

New things we are excited about:

(1) Stability. We are both going to be working full time jobs for the first time since we’ve known each other. This is uncharted territory people. :)

(2) Future. Since being in Westcliffe, we’ve had lots of time to begin thinking about what we really want in life. This move (and the job$ that come with) will enable us to pursue the things we really want to. Also, not live in poverty forever. :)

(3) Purpose//Focus. Since we know what we want (at least, we THINK we do), we’re attempting to be pretty focused on working really hard & saving some cash. So, if you happen get married in the next couple of years, and we aren’t able to come: please {oh please} understand its totally not you. We are really just trying to practice discipline with our finances. Or if you come into town, maybe we can go for a lil walk instead of to dinner? #pleaseunderstandweloveyou #alsoholdusaccountableherepluleaaaze #daveramseystylesavings


All that being said, here are some things summed up into one picture that we’re going to miss.


Dear Westcliffe,

We are so grateful for the past 6 months. We love your people so much, they are the most down-to-earth people we’ve ever met. They all love to garden and fix things. We think that we’d like to raise our family here someday. If you could get a few more jobs for younger people like us, that would be rad (but don’t get too many ok? we like you small). But until you do or until we can handle your drought, we’ve gotta say goodbye for now.

Don’t worry. We’ll visit. Often.

Ryan & Hannah




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  • Reply Coco Puffs June 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Best of Luck to you on your new adventure!

    • Reply RyanHannah June 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks!! :)

  • Reply Sarah Linden June 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I continue to be inspired and encouraged but you two! Hannah, what kind of job did you get? I hope the best for you guys as you transition into a very new walk of life. PS. You introduced me to the tiny house. Although because of my husband’s job we’re destined for the suburbs, I still let him know from time to time that I need a tiny house. Just cause I think they’re cool. :)

    • Reply RyanHannah June 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Sarah! We’re suburb bound for now as well! If you find a friend with a large backyard who is willing to let you park a cute Tiny House there, you could totally do it! That’s what Dee Williams did :) WOULD BE SO FUN!! Thanks for the encouraging words :)

      • Reply Sarah Linden June 16, 2014 at 6:39 pm

        Great idea! I’ll let you know if the husband ever gives in. :) Best of luck, saying prayers for you.

        • Reply RyanHannah June 17, 2014 at 4:52 pm

          Thanks Sarah :)

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