Addicted to moving
Plan Your Next #75
👋 Good morning from Los Angeles! I'm Nate Kadlac, and this is #75 of Plan Your Next. A Sunday newsletter that connects design, creativity, and how you prepare for your next thing.
💡 What’s new?
🎨 I’m in the process of designing and building out a website for my good friend Charlie Bleecker. It will end up as a case study for how to apply a simple design system to your future design decisions. Let me know if you have any questions about your own landing pages or design artifacts.
❤️ I signed up for the premium package of WellnessFX to check the levels of my biomarkers. Yes, a very Tim Ferriss thing to do.
I’m addicted to moving
As I've written before, I've moved 9 times in 10 years now. It’s now been 10 times in 10 years since I wrote that article. And now I want to move again.
I’m addicted to moving.
For every place Alie and I move to, we have good intentions about staying there a little while. On the day we signed the rental application to our current spot, I blurted out to our future landlord a straight-up lie: “We hope to start a family and find a spot for a couple of years.” In the moment it wasn’t a lie, because I truly want to be one of those people who enjoy staying in one spot. But swirling down in the darkness of my belly, a maniacal laugh was drowning out any whispers of conviction I was holding onto.
And let’s face it, I wasn’t holding too tightly.
After I broke even selling my one and only piece of real estate—which I thankfully wasn’t patient enough to hold onto because it led me down an entirely new path—I haven’t really wanted to own anytime soon.
That desire to not own has now given me too much freedom to chase what my heart wants. And it wants a lot.
It wants to explore new neighborhoods, new cities, and new living room layouts. It wants to be challenged to see what I can do with a 600 sqft home, even if it means thinking about ways to keep an office desk, a Peloton, and a crib in a 10x12’ square. Maybe I haven’t been able to figure that out because I’ve never been great at Tetris.
In one of his many principles about money, Author Morgan Housel says, “The hardest financial skill is getting the goalpost to stop moving."
I think I could say the same thing about my living desires.
I realize I don’t have the cash to just buy some land and build a home in the exact way I want, near a city I want to live in. I love Los Angeles. But I’m not sure I’ll be satisfied here. Or anywhere.
Who doesn’t want a lush and tropical ranch near a big city with pets and kids running everywhere, enclosed by a post and beam style home, skin melting wi-fi, windows from floor to ceiling overlooking a back deck out over the ocean, the front overlooking redwoods, and all your IRL and Zoom friends over for dinner and brunch every day?
Even with all of that, owning a home feels heavy. It’s not just the home but the location to decide to commit to. Your new community.
Every place I’ve lived, I’ve always hit a point where I’ve been drawn to explore the next thing. And it comes much sooner than I recommend for anyone else.
Our next move is spurred by making some more room for our in-laws and guests. Right now we can’t host anyone, and I’ll be sharing an office with a crib soon so that’s going to end badly.
This next spot won’t be the last, and like wanting to know your future, I’d love to know where we decide to end up. But for now, we’ll keep moving and enjoying our adventures in the nearby valleys and neighborhoods.
⚡️ Two hits for next week
👩🎨 Fonts in Progress is a place for designers to sell fonts to support their work in progress. It’s also a great way for you to support designers early on and get access to unique and affordable typefaces while they build them out.
🏠 The Design Files If I ever have the chance to build my own home, it’s going to include this beautiful arching ceiling wave.
👋 See you next Sunday
Have a great week,