My name is Mike and my wife’s name is Kelly, and we are the Nicely’s! Kelly is 27 and I’m 35. We have a wonderful child named Sophia, she’s a lab shepherd mix from the humane society who is about 4 now.
This blog is for you to follow us on our journey and beyond. From preparing, to moving, to sustaining our lifestyle on the big island of Hawaii. We are very excited to share our dream with you as we navigate the hurdles and challenges ahead! Maybe this will be a good tool for others and their journeys, or even just a good read for those of you that like to do so.
This “idea” came from both of us… The thought of moving from the comfortable, routine, safe, lifestyle that we are living is a bit scary but, because of who we are it makes the most sense. We are risk takers and beyond driven to succeed at anything that stands in our way. This blog will discuss our planning, where we will live, our moving, ideas for work, and so on…
Hawaii has always been a part of me from the time I was a toddler. My mother was very important in the medical insurance field and would take me on trips to all the islands for her board meetings several times per year. I got a great sense of which islands I liked and the ones that I love! Kelly has gotten to experience some as well and we have both come to the conclusion that the big island is calling us.
Some background on the two of us, since you will be reading these blogs you should probably know a bit about us! Kelly grew up in southern Oregon in the Medford area with her brother Kyle and both her mom and dad until a tragic day happened when she was 10. Her father was killed in an airplane crash. That day would change her life forever… later in life after 21 her mom was diagnosed with a terminal cancer and the prognosis was not good at all… Since the diagnosis her mother has been on a roller coaster but currently she has been doing amazing! By the way, she has a condo in Maui so that was another easy reason to head to the islands to live! Anyhow Kelly is my rock and pillar of strength, no matter what she has been through, she always gives me all her heart and love. How did I get so lucky? (I met her online!) Amazing right???
Now to give you a sense of who I am since I will be writing the majority of these blogs unless Kelly has some time on her hands! I grew up in Northern California on a big property with cows, Clydesdale horses, chickens, turkeys, and even a couple fun pet goats! I never considered myself a cowboy and never will. I’m a snowboarder that loves everything outdoors (so is Kelly)! I joined the Air Force shortly after 9/11 because serving my county is what I felt in my heart was the right thing… So I did! For 6 years, then after getting out I have had a plethora of jobs, all of which I excelled at but never truly felt my heart was there. Currently Kelly and I live at Wallowa Lake Oregon where we are both on site management for over 70 cabins. Her family owns the resort and we really wanted to be a part of helping with the family business. Also we own Wallowa Lake Tea Company which is primarily an online company but we also have a storefront in Joseph Oregon. We blend a lot of our own teas and carry on average 70 different kinds of loose leaf teas. We have a passion for it and our plan is to bring our business with us. If you’re ever bored feel free to browse our website at http://www.wallowalaketeacompany.com. No pressure though, that’s not what this blog is about! On another note Kelly is a CNA as well as an MA so needless to say we are busy people… Sleep can be few and far between for sure!
We hope you follow and enjoy our journey with us! Any advice or comments are always welcome, even if you call us crazy!
Mahalo, Mike and Kelly