Sonoma County Moving Story

Many of you know that my husband and I have been planning a move around Summer Solstice 2009. We’ve known the date since January, but the location, ah, now that’s another story! For those of you who don’t know, Stephen and I have moved all over the West Coast since 2001. We’ve lived in Washington (Seattle and Vashon Island); Oregon (Ashland and Coos Bay), Nevada (two different relocations — Reno and twice at Lake Tahoe), New Mexico (Santa Fe and Las Vegas), Texas (Austin), Arizona (Prescott, Mesa, Payson and twice in Sedona), and California (two different times — in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and most recently in Sonoma County). For all those moves, you wouldn’t believe how many times we’ve almost moved places. We “break out the map” every few months.

Since Stephen’s a photographer and we both do so much writing, the travels benefit our creativity. Even so, we’re slowing down. We used to move every 2-6 months, but most recently we’re completing a 13-month lease in Petaluma. Before that we spent a full six months in Sedona. 🙂 In our search for a new spot, we considered everything from Bellingham, WA to San Diego, CA on the West Coast. We mentally revisited all our prior locales to see if any of them called us to return. We looked at Orange County, Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, even Hawaii and Catalina Island. Many sounded really nice, but nothing quite clicked. Still, we knew we weren’t staying where we live right now. 

A couple weeks ago,  Stephen and I were finalizing plans to return to Reno/Tahoe. It was after 10 p.m. and we sat talking on our little recliner chair. Just as we had almost completed our plans, he remembered a dream he’d had earlier that day. In the dream, I said, “Whatever you do, please don’t take me back to Reno. Please, please don’t take me back to Reno.”

We chuckled because I’ve always loved that area, but we do take our dreams seriously in the Bruno household! So, we agreed that if we found a property with x, y, z, a, b, and c “impossible” things, then we would simply move to a particular neighborhood I’d liked in Sonoma County. 

Just then, the phone rang. “Who’s calling this late?” we wondered. I looked at a Sonoma County area code and picked up the phone. What happened next still has us shaking our heads.

The caller had seen a post I’d left on a local forum the night before. I had, frankly, forgotten I’d even posted a question about that particular neighborhood in Sonoma County. I wanted to know the name of it, so that I could search for a 3 BR 2 BA house online. The person on the phone informed me that he had seen my post and hoped he wasn’t calling too late. He wouldn’t have, except that I had posted to the forum even later the night before. He wanted to let me know that he had a 3 BR 2 BA house available in that exact neighborhood in Sonoma County.

This wasn’t the only synchronicity. As the conversation unfolded, I learned that the house had all the things we wanted and more and that the landlords were rather famous authors. We started talking shop about novels, book promotion, and writing contests.

Stephen and I agreed to look at the place the following weekend. In the meantime, I emailed our potential landlords about how synchronous the encounter was for us. I mentioned the Reno dream and the fact that we had at just that moment decided to leave CA unless this specific property became available. The landlord with whom I spoke replied, “Synchronicity? Yes. Never before have I at 10:30 PM telephoned persons I had not met. But some kind of ‘Bali Hai’ called me to find you out there in the dark. In the way that you have envisioned a writer owning a home where you as writers might work, I have envisioned writers and artists who might take up such residence.” 

The address itself adds up to an 11:11, which readers of this blog and the soon-to-be-released Schizandra will also recognize as significant. Anyway, long story short, we visited the home two weekends ago and agreed to sign a year’s lease. In the process we ended up hanging out in a coffee shop in Sebastopol for two fun hours with our future landlords. We pick up the keys tomorrow for a move-in the day before Summer Solstice 2009.

For the privacy of all those involved, I’m only including the bare minimum of synchronicities here, but of all our moves, this one gets the prize. I did not even make a single phone call about a place. I had jokingly told Stephen back in April, “You know, I’m done. I am so tired of making phone calls about potential properties and potential towns. I just want our next move to find us!” Well, I guess it did, which leaves me one grateful lady. Here I am at Cafe Gratitude shortly after my 36th birthday back in May:

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Guess it wasn’t my last “I Am Passionate” Pizza after all! I remember hugging all my Sonoma County friends that night thinking it might be the last time I see some of them for a long, long time. Stephen and I are both happy to move on to our next adventure … and also happy to keep it within a quick drive of our most recent ones. Cheers!

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25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by giacintavosika,LMP,RMT on June 11, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Alleluia sister! The very very best of everything to you and Stephen! Thank you for sharing this story. I believe, and it is my experience, that this is the way! I am celebrating with you. Blessings and Much Love, Giacinta

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  2. Beautiful!

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  3. Posted by laurabruno on June 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    thanks!

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  4. Hi Laura,
    Loved your story. We are authors as well, and have a synchronicity blog. Come see, if you’re not busy packing!
    Rob & Trish MacGregor
    http://www.ofscarabs.blogspot.com

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  5. Posted by Carol on June 12, 2009 at 12:45 am

    I for one am so very happy you are sticking around here………..
    I have so much more to learn from you…………….
    Love,
    Carol

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  6. Posted by laurabruno on June 12, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Aw, thanks, Carol. 🙂

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  7. Great synchronicity story!
    We’ve got a blog on the topic, we’re both writers, and hope you’ll drop by http://www.ofscarabs.blogspot.com

    Best,
    Rob & Trish MacGregor

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  8. Posted by Donna on June 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Since you move around about as much as we do, have you ever looked at http://www.findyourspot.com?

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  9. Posted by laurabruno on June 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Yes, many times, but thanks for the tip. 🙂

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  10. Posted by Gret on June 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Cool story… wow…. I want a story like that… smile!
    Love,
    Gret

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  11. Posted by laurabruno on June 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks to everyone for stopping by and for your well wishes on our move! Love, Laura

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  12. Posted by christine on June 12, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    i just began reading your blog about 3 months ago. it really resonates with me on a few levels. i just wanted to share that i experienced a synchronicity yesterday- an old friend of my partner lives in the same town where i was visiting an old friend – hesitating to take her # down (i dont like calling people ive never met), i told myself i may see her at the only health food store in town. sure enough she was the only person walking into the store when i went there 30 min later. we ended up spending the bulk of the day together, our kids loved each other and i knew i made a great friend. anyway…i thought of you and cant wait to read your book. you are doing great work, and i appreciate your way of explaining it. mahalo

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  13. I bet it will feel good to be settled for a while for a change, hmmm?

    Love,
    Jennifer

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  14. BTW, Happy birthday in May. 🙂 I love your photo.

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  15. Posted by laurabruno on June 13, 2009 at 4:08 am

    Thanks, Jen! Yes, it will feel good to settle down for awhile. Thanks for the birthday wishes. 🙂 Love, Laura

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  16. Posted by laurabruno on June 13, 2009 at 4:30 am

    @Christine: what a great story! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. 🙂

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  17. Posted by Dawn Vierra on June 13, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    I love the way you and Stephen have such fun with synchronicity. Good reminder to all of us. Thanks for sharing your story with us, it definitely put a smile on my face and a warm glow in my heart. I was hoping you might head down my way again…Monterey area but I’m really glad you’re here in California a bit longer! You glow in your birthday picture…beautiful

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  18. Posted by laurabruno on June 13, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks, Dawn! Love to you … Laura

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  19. Congrats on all of that. A terrific story. Are you keeping your phone number? I forgot to ask. Enjoy. Keep on riding that wave.
    Love and Hugs to you and Stephen,
    Bill

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  20. Posted by laurabruno on June 19, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Hi Bill, Thanks! I’m keeping my cell number, but the home office number will change. You can always find updated information on my main site:
    http://internationalrenaissancecoaching.com/m_62.asp
    Blessings and love from both of us,
    Laura

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  24. Posted by Rose Joy Exquisite on August 20, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Hahaha!! I love the synchronisity here! I too lately have said I wanted things to find me. I’m so sick of searching!!!! I love the synchronisity w/ Austin.. even though I don’t want to go their unless I have too!!! I prefer being by a beach!!! 😉

    This is a lovely story!!!!

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  25. Posted by laurabruno on August 20, 2011 at 2:06 am

    🙂 Keep watching those synchronicities and staying on top of your thoughts. Magic happens every day. 🙂

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