Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. If that statement is proven to be true, then hold on because we’re about to move way outside our comfort zone.
My name is Rosemary St.Clair and I’ve been comfortable my entire life. I was raised in a family of 8 kids by parents who were married for 60 years. We lived in Beaverton, Oregon in a farm-house where we raised animals and grew our own vegetables. We weren’t rich in the monetary sense but we were rich in living adventures and storytelling. We were comfortable.
By the ripe age of 19 I had “settled down” into my comfortable life. I was married to my best friend Greg and had started my first “real job” at NIKE. We had three kids by the time we were 28 and created adventures and great memories as “The Saints.” We drove a Suburban, loaded it with a bike rack, threw the kids, a dog and cat into it and headed out on vacations around the Pacific Northwest. We were privileged enough to take some great trips to Mexico, France, Spain and my mother’s homeland, Amsterdam. We love to travel. We are comfortable.
Over the last couple years we’ve seen our kids grow into healthy, young, active, adults. The two oldest graduated college and are working and living comfortably. The youngest is a junior in college, working through her summers and studying abroad this upcoming school year.
This next year, Greg and I will celebrate our 50th birthdays and our 30th wedding anniversary. Our comfortable life as wonderful as it is has become predictable. Our kids know that Thursday is “Pizza Thursday”, Friday morning is “Waffle Friday” and Saturdays in the fall are meant for college football and the Oregon Ducks. They know every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30am we meet the same group of friends at different Starbucks locations around town and go for a run. They know if they stop by on a work night around 7pm, they’ll most likely find us on the couch, with the TV on, answering out loud the questions to Jeopardy while playing Words With Friends on the iPad. Life may be too comfortable.
All that is about to change. In September, we will pack our bags and head to Shanghai…that’s right, China, to begin for the very first time a life outside our comfort zone. I’ve asked for and accepted a job with NIKE that will open the doors to a world of unknowns. Greg and I are so excited, anxious and a bit nervous for this next chapter of our lives. Our kids are all very supportive and can’t wait to hear about our adventure.
We’re excited to share our stories and adventures with them and with you. Enjoy.