11 Reasons We're Moving To Arizona

Friday, March 18, 2016


Moving To Arizona


Have you ever fallen in love with a place without having been there? And when you finally traveled there it was everything you dreamt it would be. You experienced an instant connection with the place, it felt like you were meant to be there. The land made you feel alive! 

There are two places in the world that I've found myself naturally drawn to with those strong feelings and connection, Australia and Arizona. 


I've traveled the east coast of Australia twice, exploring from Sidney to Cape Tribulation. Australia is in my heart and soul. We plan to travel and explore more of the country in the future.  

We have a similar connection with Arizona. We've been visiting Arizona for about 12 years and spent some time working there. We've traveled most areas of the state and particularly love Tucson and the Sedona area. 
We've talked about the possibility of moving but it wasn't until our trip last month that we realized it was possible for us! We could actually move to Arizona! It was an exciting revelation, that attaining our Arizona desert dream was in reach! 

So we decided wholeheartedly... Let's do this! 

Making the move from Hawaii to Arizona will be expensive. So we have to take it one step at a time. 
But if I continue saving every dime we earn this year, we can make it happen. 
Well ok a few dimes I might save for purchasing an extra special succulent once in awhile. But all the rest goes to our moving fund. (I'm taking my succulents with me btw, but will have to sell off my cacti as they are restricted).

We'll be moving from Maui to the mainland sometime after my Invisalign treatment is completed. I'm in tray 41 of 50, scheduled to finish tray 50 on August 1st. But there may be a series of refinement trays required afterward, then gum sculpting, crown replacement, etc... Which could carry on through the end of this year. So there's that...

Were you guys surprised to hear we wanted to swap life in the tropics for life in the desert? 
I imagine some might have been. 
So I figured this would be a great time to share the reasons we're so excited about moving to Arizona!


Reasons To Move To Arizona


11 Reasons We're Moving To Arizona



1. We Want To Invest In Our Own Home And Property. 
We're first time home buyers and neither of us feel comfortable with the idea of buying such expensive property for our first home. For $350-400k we could buy a small fixer-upper cottage on Maui. But really what you get in return for the price you pay, it just doesn't feel worth it to us. Property is more affordable in Arizona. 


2. We LOVE The Desert!
I've been obsessed with both the desert and tropics equally since I was a little girl. I achieved my goal of living on a tropical island (16 years on Maui), now it's time for the desert! The Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona is beautiful! Waking up to perfectly clear, cloudless, vivid blue skies. A diverse desert ecosystem with legendary Saguaro cacti, among other cactus, succulents, desert fauna and flora. Surrounded by mountains and brilliant hot pink, peachy-coral desert sunsets! The dry sunny climate! There's so many things to love about the desert!


3. We're Rockhounds! 
Rocks, Gemstones, Minerals Specimens, Crystals, Geodes, Fossils. This is why we began our jewelry business, to work with gemstones, each one is unique and an absolute treasure created within the earth over millions of years. Our passion for gems and minerals started at the Quartzite and Tucson gem shows. We spent three months traveling around Arizona, buying, selling, trading gemstones, making jewelry at the gem shows. We had a booth at Tyson Wells in Quartzite and Tucson Electric Park. We had a fantastic time making friends and connections with people in the gem show circuit, who came from all over the world and share the same passion!


4. 300 Days Of Sunshine!
Tucson is sunny almost 300 days or 85% of the year on average. Tucson is one of the sunniest places is the United States. Bright clear blue skies, sunshine, crystal clear starry nights perfect for stargazing and amateur astronomy! Tucson has a desert climate with hot summers and temperate winters. On average Tucson gets about 12 inches of rain per year. 
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and can't stand rainy gray weather, it triggers depression in me. So the sun and blue sky are basically my life-force.


5. Travel Opportunities
The travel opportunities are unlimited! Road trips, short flights to visit family, beach vacations in Mexico, cheaper flights to anywhere. Sedona will be just a few hours away, perfect for weekend trips. Since the average cost of living in Arizona is less than Hawaii, we'll be able to put aside more money for domestic and international travel adventures in the future.


6. Vegan Food!
We love cooking/eating at home but sometimes it's really nice to go out to a cool vegan cafe or eatery and grab some wholesome delicious food. Tucson offers plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and for those with food allergies- gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, etc... Some of our favorite places: Veg Box, Urban Cafe, Lovin' Spoonfuls, Govindas, Trader Joes! (Omg their Vegan Barbecue Chicken-less wrap... Obsessed!

Tucson has an abundance of places to shop for food. I look forward to being a regular customer at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Costco (Tucson has 3 Costco locations btw!) And we can't wait to shop the local Farmers Markets every week! 


7. Arizona Style Gardening
No Grass! I know it sounds strange that someone would be so excited about not having grass but I'm so in love with the natural desert look and Arizona landscaping style. We've been discussing our ideal Arizona yard -desert tones, rock gardens, yucca, agave, cactus, adenium obesum. I plan to save up for a small greenhouse, so I can grow and propagate specialty succulents.


8. Outdoor Recreation
We're excited to have awesome hiking and biking trails, study local wildlife and plants (Michael loves the Javelinas). I have a passion for desert photography and astronomy. We'll have Saguaro National Park, Catalina State Park, Sabino Canyon, Chiricahua National Monument, Picacho Peak State Park, Mount Lemmon, Sentinel Peak Park, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Parker Canyon Lake, Patagonia Lake. Kitt Peak National Observatory is one hour away.


9. Hobbies 
We're really looking forward to getting more involved with lapidary, metal smithing, fossicking, metal detecting, etc. Tucson is at the heart of lapidary and we'll have access to all the gems, minerals, equipment and supplies. Tucson is an ideal place for us!


10. Health

We can't wait to be in the dry desert climate! Every time we visit Tucson, the air is clear and beautiful. We're more comfortable in a dry climate and can breathe easier. We love Hawaii but if we had to pick two things we won't miss, it would be- damp humidity, volcanic smog and the problems that come with it. 

Tucson has a thriving population of dentists, orthodontists, doctors and healthcare specialists. Personally I'm excited to have so many options when it comes to choosing a good dentist and an Invisalign elite orthodontist. My current dentist and ortho are really awesome and I'll miss them when we move. But at least I'll be moving on into good hands.




11. Work, Festivals and New Endeavors!
Besides our gems, crystals, minerals, jewelry business and tons of options for being part of fantastic festivals... I'm also pursuing more entrepreneur endeavors including creating designs for a clothing line. 



 So there you have it, the reasons we're so excited to move to Arizona. 
Of course there's so many more reasons to love Arizona! 

I'll be blogging and vlogging all the phases of our moving process, which have already begun! 
Follow along with us on a new adventure!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today,
Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

xo,



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48 comments

  1. I'm dreaming along with you. You always awaken such vision and insights into creating for ourselves the life we desire. I'm thankful for you. I will be there waiting watching your inspirational journey!

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  2. This is amazing! I'm so happy for you and your husband. Life is TOO short not to do what you want! I've been dying to go to Sedona, and maybe someday I'll be able to go & relax. :)

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    1. Thanks Krystal! I totally agree! You'll love Sedona, maybe we'll see you there! xo

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  3. Hey christine ,this ur Egyptian ����twitter long time fan &follower remember me ��
    I'm so excited and happy for you and wish the best of luck on your new phase of life .
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    1. Hi Nermeen! Thank you so much! Much love and hugs to you! xo

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    2. Krystal and Christine-- my husband and I too are from the PNW and totally understand the weather issue. My husband visited the Chandler/Gilbert area and came back loving AZ, hopefully soon I will to be able to see it for myself! Take care!

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  4. I guess after reading your post I am equally excited as you r .....can't wait ....all the best ..and love you lots ...

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  5. I am excited for you. The dessert is beautiful and I love the dry heat vs humid. Can't wait for your move.

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    1. Thanks so much Lisa! Same here, love the dry heat! xo

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  6. Awesome, so excited for you two on your new journey!! Love being able to follow along <3

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  7. I am so happy to hear you will be making a move to Arizona!!!! So amazing! One of the places I would love to visit! I have wanted to go there for so long, as well as Alaska. So excited to watch the move. Congratulations on your decision!

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  8. I am so excited and happy for you two. My husband, two dogs and I moved to AZ last summer from CA and now are looking to purchase a home here. We love it and it quickly became home. Our dogs are really important to us and just walking them is so different than CA in AZ we find doggie poppy bag stations everywhere (parks, streets, gas stations, etc). Oh, and what about those gas prices amazing!!

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  9. I am so excited and happy for you two. My husband, two dogs and I moved to AZ last summer from CA and now are looking to purchase a home here. We love it and it quickly became home. Our dogs are really important to us and just walking them is so different than CA in AZ we find doggie poppy bag stations everywhere (parks, streets, gas stations, etc). Oh, and what about those gas prices amazing!!

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  10. As a native from NM, I know how special the desert southwest is - artists, naturalists and more appreciate the subtle and dramatic colors and light that exist here. My father is a photographer and has limitless subject matter. A quick warning to prepare you for the SW - the wind and dust storms (like the one today) can keep you captive indoors throughout the month of March and part of April. You will learn about "blow sand" - but everyone just gets used to it because the other 10.5 months of the year it's great! Last year we hardly had any wind storms at all and of course tons of sun! I hope Tucson becomes a wonderful home for you!

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  11. The way you described the desert is the way I feel about Hawai'i: connection to the land, meant to live there, makes me feel alive...
    If your dream is to live in Arizona, then go for it!

    Stay as close to the Catalinas as you can and get to know the neighborhoods well. I know there's a bit of crime on Maui, but it's nothing compared to Tucson. We don't go walking at night there, unless we're in the foothills. Walgreens has to lock up much of their OTC meds and high-end cosmetics because of shoplifting. I'd never seen that before. You and Michael are such sweethearts, so please stay safe.

    Also, be careful of rattlesnakes, scorpions, wolf spiders and black widows. All of the above are very prevalent in the summer. My parents (the dummies) used to leave their porch door open and rattlers would wander inside. Not a good idea.

    Once again, I highly recommend that you look into Colorado before you make your final decision. It's a little known fact that Denver also receives 300 days of sun a year and winter highs frequently reach 60 degrees. Our snow melts very quickly and we enjoy the outdoors year round. We also have very clear skies, low light pollution in the mountains, and spectacular sunsets with a stunning mountain backdrop. Our communities are much safer, the economy is stronger and the people here are really friendly and down to earth. By the way, we also have Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Costco. We also have smaller natural markets where you'll save money, the very best farmers markets (everything east of Denver is farmland) and sublime vegan food. We probably have the most vegans per capita and restaurants here reflect that.
    *But the next time you're in Tucson, check out Blanco Tacos in La Encantada. They have amazing mushroom tacos.
    Just check out CO before you make your decision. I think you just might fall in love.

    However, if you do purchase a house in Tucson, I know of a great real estate agent. She's my dad's wife and one of the sweetest ladies you'll ever meet. She's lived in Tucson all her life and knows the area very well. I'll give you her info if you want. 😀

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  12. Your impending move is very exciting. I have plans to move to Arizona in 3 years, but after reading Meadow Todd's comment I am going to check out Colorado. I have been doing some due diligence on Arizona and the crime aspect kept popping up which does give me pause. I currently live in Upstate NY and the last thing I want is to move someplace where crime is more frequent. I also do not want to spend an arm and a leg buying a house. My money goes a long way in Upstate NY and I am looking for the same thing when I move. I was hoping to be able to buy a nice little Spanish hacienda style house in Arizona or New Mexico. I am going to sell my current home as I get closer to moving time. You can check it out here: https://www.collarcitybrownstone.com/my-brownstone

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  13. I know you will find the perfect spot for you and your succulents. I am excited to follow your continuing journeys. Many blessings!!!

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  14. You write beautifully! I really enjoyed this blog post and am very excited for you to move to Arizona! I have been watching your YouTube videos and love the breath of fresh air you bring. I'm from Southern Arizona and absolutely love Tucson. I totally recommend that you visit Bisbee as well. It's about 60 miles South of Tucson and is a small, charming, well-preserved, historical , artsy, mining town filled with art galleries, music, unique restaurants and of course the famous copper pit. I'm from Sierra Vista and it's also not too far from Tucson and it's a wonderful town with excellent outdoor opportunities. Congrats on your exciting new adventure.
    Amber :)

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  16. I'm so excited for you! I have been a long time "quiet" follower and you have inspired me to make jewelry and I am also getting into metal smithing along with starting my own youtube channel. I gave a shout out to you in my first video posted TODAY YAY. Anyways how exciting. I wish you all the luck and blessing in your new adventure and can't wait to follow you on your journey.

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  17. Christine, I am also from the PNW ( Olympia ) and now that we are in El Paso with 300+ sunny days a yr, I am thrilled to be away from the dreary weather. I get triggered as well and can only handle a few gray days before I get ansy. 36 years was too long in WA. Congrats on your new adventure!

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  18. Totally understand your call to me out of the humidity. I'm in the Northern Territory of Australia, at the doorway to Kakadu National Park. Been here 32 years and have our farm on the market for sale as we speak. Heading south to South Australia and SEASONS!!! Oh... Oh.... Oh Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn! We only have two seasons here in the NT - The Wet and The Dry. In the Wet, I swear fish could swim in the constant 80-90% Humidity... HATE IT!!! Good luck on the new life ahead, hope we can share a new life experience soon.

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  19. Hi Christine, I would love to be able to purchase your jewellery. Can you tell me the name of your Etsy store or where we can purchase it please ? Xxxx

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  20. I too am wanting to purchase your jewelry. Would love to know the name of your shop so I could get some pieces for me and my daughter.

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  21. Christine, love your you tube channel and blog. I hear you about AZ and the gorgeous sunny days. After 30 yrs in AZ (mostly in the Phx metro area) we moved from Cottonwood, AZ (close enough to be in Sedona without the tourist traffic) to WA state near the Canadian border to have more moisture in our lives. I love looking at the ocean bay here and being so far north we have almost as much sun as AZ (a lot less rain than Seattle). Best of luck on your relocation! AZ has a lot to offer...Enjoy!

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  22. Christine I'm so happy for u and Michael. I moved from Florida to Colorado to marry my now husband in November and I love it. The mountains and clear night skies are gorgeous. Best wishes on ur move and sending positive thoughts and hugs!!! I've been following u for a long time and enjoy all the inspiration u share with us. Thank you!!!

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  23. Sounds amazing! I hope you document the process. Can't wait to see what house your guys buy and how you landscape and on what you trips you go in the area. This could be great!

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  24. We spent Easter with my boyfriend's family and friends in Tucson. Visited many of the places you mentioned. LOVED it there!! Tired of the Wisconsin winters, hoping he decides he wants to move home soon :)

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  25. I am really excited for you! Wish I were going as well. We live in Canada and the UK. Right now its still damp and cold. I could use some heat and sun. Love watching your videos! Good luck!

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  26. How exciting! I've been living in Arizona for 11 years now and grown to love it. I moved from California and although I miss the beach it's only an hour flight away! You're going to love it here :) I'm actually going to Maui in June. Would love to meet up or get some local tips from you!

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  27. so incredibly excited for you guys!
    moving to a new place is the most exciting thing ever!<3

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  28. The peace and tranquility you ooze is so refreshing. It is hard though for us moms. I always say children can suck the life out of you. Regardless, I enjoy your refreshed outlook on life and the fun you and your husband have on the road.

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  29. Hi Christine! New follower here! Just stumbled across your youtube channel. My husband and I are both looking into moving to Maui. We have a 2.5yr plan, waiting for our son to graduate, didn't want to switch schools during his high school years. We are also planning on visiting Ka'anpali this July 12-19th. I'm a hair stylist and my husband is a tattoo artist, we both have been in business together for 5 years and loving it. We are from North Dakota and just tired of the crappy weather. WE NEED SUNSHINE! Do you have any advice for us for our visit and our plan to move?

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  30. I am so excited for you guys, and I am truly looking forward to watch your journey! Your vlogs are on of my favorite videos to watch, I feel like I get to see so much through you guys! Thanks for taking us along with you! :D

    Memoir Of IK - Fashion & Lifestyle blogger

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  31. Wow awesome!
    So happy to find your site as I'm also doing a bohemian / wanderlust gypsy lifestyle blog <3
    I've driven through AZ but never known its charms. I was recently going to move back up to Portland OR for some good old fashioned hippie family love but my friends are moving away so those plans derailed. I have been following the Gem & Jam Fest, this is how I've found out that I should totally check out AZ for some free spirited hippie culture. <3 I'm excited to find out Tuscon has awesome vegan option. yay

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  32. this is so incredible! i can't wait to read and watch your new adventures unfold in AZ! Best of luck.

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  33. How exciting! I have lived in AZ for 14 years and love it for all the reasons you mentioned. On, a coincidentally note, two years ago I almost moved to Maui (am there often)...we seem to have a few things in common! Best of luck on your future move! ~~Katie (@rebelplum on ig)

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  34. I live outside of Washington, D.C. and am getting married in October. When we were wedding planning I stumbled upon Sedona and my fiance and I said, "yep, this is the place for us". We planned the wedding site unseen and couldn't be happier. We went and visited in February to check it out and I was blown away; it is just awesome out there. And for the honeymoon...Hawaii of course!

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  35. I am excited for you following your dream and moving to AZ! My husband and I moved to Sedona a few years ago from the east coast, and we have loved it here in the high desert, for all the same reasons you mentioned. I hope to run into you one day on a trail, or at a jewelry/trade show! Best Wishes ~ Kat

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  36. You're going to love Arizona. I grew up in AZ and particularly love the Sedona and Scottsdale areas. Arizona also has a great art scene, and can have a business there. I was in Sedona this summer for my summer vacation, it's a beautiful place to go. =)

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  37. This is nice place for rest maybe. For me it's too hot sometimes.

    Here is nice restaurant I recommen to all of you: http://hellajahuone.fi/

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  38. I reside in northern Arizona, Flagstaff, about 20 minutes or so north of Oak Creek/Sedona area. If you venture up this way, we are 80 miles south of Grand Canyon and would love to meet up! Blessings galore on your soul adventure! And welcome to Arizona.

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  39. I reside in northern Arizona, Flagstaff, about 20 minutes or so north of Oak Creek/Sedona area. If you venture up this way, we are 80 miles south of Grand Canyon and would love to meet up! Blessings galore on your soul adventure! And welcome to Arizona.

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  40. I was on Maui now Kailua on Oahu. Maui will never. Leave my heart and i will always feel a pull to my heart to go back. We are also moving this year to AZ. Im a photographr and the hubby will be in managment in construction...which is the reason for moving. But very much looking foward to Trader Joes and cheaper prices. Not looking foward to dry skin :( but ill work through it.

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  41. I was on Maui now Kailua on Oahu. Maui will never. Leave my heart and i will always feel a pull to my heart to go back. We are also moving this year to AZ. Im a photographr and the hubby will be in managment in construction...which is the reason for moving. But very much looking foward to Trader Joes and cheaper prices. Not looking foward to dry skin :( but ill work through it.

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