My new life in Montana.

I have lived in Montana for exactly one month. We have been to a lot of places on this globe and this state is so different from anywhere I have ever been. I am very new here still, but it has drawn me in completely.

Life in Montana

The complete wildness of the state is unlike anywhere I have ever lived. Literally, where I live belongs to the wilderness. WE are the outsiders sitting in the midst of it. Even the behavior of the animals is different – almost an aloofness to our presence.

life in Montana

When we lived in the mountains of Colorado, we had many run-ins with bears and our neighbors had a few encounters with mountain lions. Here in Montana, the likelihood of those sorts of encounters is much greater. You don’t go walk your dog in the woods here, for sure! And when Winston and I go on our walks down our quiet road, I always have my gun or bear spray with me- ’cause that’s life in Montana!

Life in Montana

It’s part of this untamed wildness that makes me feel alive and so blessed to be living here. I am completely drawn out into nature every day. I couldn’t stay inside even if I wanted to- it’s just too beautiful.

Life in Montana

Even as I sit here writing this, the view of the mountains outside my window has changed so much. The sun and the clouds are in constant motion and seem to play games as to what part of the view they will show next. It’s completely breathtaking.

life in Montana

The cold, grey days are taking some getting used to. The sun rises at 8 am and sometimes you only see it for a few minutes and then other mornings you don’t even really see it all. The sun sets at 5 pm and it is pitch black dark not long thereafter. My body struggles a bit with this lack of sunlight. I’m always wanting to go to bed SO early, lol! But when the sun DOES come out and you get a break in the clouds and see blue skies- oh my- no picture or painting could hold such beauty. And it’s these moments, among other things, that make me determined to figure out how to adjust to the grey days and the lack of sunshine here.

life in Montana

Every day that I have lived here so far, has taught me something new; about life……nature…..survival…..and more. As we prepare to spend our very first Christmas here, I want to share more of my life in Montana with you. I think it may be different than the way the majority of people in America live and I am beyond excited to be here living it.

Make no mistake that I am still battling my wrinkles and staying on top of my “not-aging-so-fast” game like a champ, so I’ll still have that content for you as I continue to plod that trail. But you can also expect to see more of my daily life in Montana and I hope that you love what you see. Because I am entranced by it all.

Have you ever visited Montana? What was your impression? Are you from here? Fill me in on what I need to know in the comments! Thank you for reading about my little slice o’life.

Until next time,



  1. December 4, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Even though I hate snow and the winter, these pictures are stunning! It makers me want to walk there! Well, that says a lot!

    • melissa
      December 4, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Thank you Nancy! It truly is the most beautiful place. And with so many fewer people in the state it is just feels so different! I’m new here, and winter has just started, so we shall see how I fare!
      xx Melissa

  2. December 4, 2017 / 8:59 am

    This looks beautiful and Christmasy! Why did you move there? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • melissa
      December 4, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Hi Kristin! We found Montana to be the best place for his work and travels as well as being a perfect place for me to get deeper into writing and for ALL of us to get outdoors more. Win-win-win! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks so much for reading!
      ~Melissa xx

  3. December 4, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    The photos are absolutely breathtaking! I am a girl who loves the city but I love the wilderness equally. What I cannot bear is the in-between… the suburbs. It is like you are living in the American version of the bush. I bet your daughter doesn’t go on walks without a gun either! We always had a gun in case we ran across a predator… you’ll have to be prepared for that, which adds a whole new level of adrenaline to the daily dog walks. I can’t wait to see this chapter unfold. More photos from inside your snow globe, please! xxx

    • melissa
      December 4, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Lisa- I’m with you- I know many people adore living in the suburbs, but for me it would surely drain the soul from my body! I could much more easily learn to live in the middle of the city and find my groove. And yes! Savannah came out over Thanksgiving and she is in love. I think the wildness of the area coupled with the warmness of the people is what has just won us all over so quickly. It’s different for sure and with my husband traveling so much I am learning QUICKLY to be much more self sufficient. I’m pretty much already a food hoarder and winter hasn’t even really hit yet. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Wait- am I a Prepper? (That sounds like an excellent future blog title. :-D)
      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
      ~Melissa xx

  4. Stacey
    December 4, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I haven’t lived in Montana, but I’m curious to know how you have adopted to life “out of town” as opposed to growing up in a more populated area. (I know you didn’t live in a subdivision, right? However that area I assume, is closer to town than where you live now?) We’re not too far out of town, but enough that having lunch with a friend requires pre-planning and being very intentional to make new friends b/c there aren’t a lot of neighbor’s around to pop into their house. Do you like/need a lot of hanging out with people or have you learned to do with less? I do love living out in the country but I am also finding that I miss “company”.

    • melissa
      December 4, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Hi Stacey! It’s funny that for most of my life, I’ve always seemed to live about the exact same distance from “town”. Usually about 12 miles out. I grew up on a farm in what WAS rural Virginia. This is far more remote than I’ve ever lived in the past, but I can still get into town relatively easily as long as it isn’t right in the middle of a snow storm! I am a person who LOVES an evening out with friends, or a trip to one of our favorite cities, etc etc- but only in short spurts. I find that if I’m in a busy area for too long, or if I’m around people for long stretches- it wears me out. I need some time to recharge in between. I know what you mean about being intentional to make new friends- I REALLY struggled with that in Utah. I found it very difficult. Here, people are very open and welcoming so I felt almost instantly part of the community. Where we are now, feeds my inner hermit, while still allowing me to pop into town for a night out. It is hard to adjust and embrace sometimes, isn’t it? The struggle is real.
      Thanks for reading!
      ~Melissa xx

  5. Deanna
    December 4, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Moving to rural Minnesota and have taken flack from almost everyone I know. They canโ€™t understand how I can leave sunny warm Florida and all the action. Ready for a new adventure now that Iโ€™m in my fifties. You have been a nice inspiration. Letโ€™s see how it goes for both of us!

    • melissa
      December 5, 2017 / 10:51 am

      Thank you and Good for you Deanna! I think that’s awesome. And yes- I’m sure you are in for one heck of a change. Whats the saying? “There’s no such thing as bad weather- only bad gear.” I think that’s true. I know it greatly enhances one’s enjoyment when one isn’t freezing, lol! Good luck on your new adventure as well!!
      ~Melissa xx

  6. Angela Watkins
    December 4, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I visited this summer & was amazed at the beauty! Breathtaking! I still have Yellowstone on my weather app & noticed tonight it was 3 degrees! No easing into winter!

    • melissa
      December 5, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Angela- isn’t the beauty just amazing? My sister and her family were completely spell bound when they visited this summer as well. It hasn’t gotten that cold here yet- in fact as I understand it, we are a little warmer than usual for the season. But I’m thinking it’s on the way!
      Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner!
      ~Melissa xx

  7. March 23, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Gorgeous! We recently made the move from Southern, CA to Bend, OR and it’s gorgeous here. There are cold days, but then we have views of snow-capped mountains and we are next to trails that aren’t “wild” which is more up my alley, since we don’t own guns and I don’t know what Bear spray is. In CA, we were told if we came across a Mountain Lion, we were to make ourselves as large as possible, put hands in air, and make lots of noise.

    My hubby is in “sales” and we’ve driving over summer months all over the western states, toward mid states. And we ended up in Wyoming/MT. The sky is SO BIG and goes on forever. When you are walking (or even driving) it feels like you can touch the sky.

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