As a child, Lona Holm rode horses along a five-mile stretch of state highway near Edgewood in Puget Sound. At most, she’d see one, maybe two, cars.
“Now, it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic,” she says. “It’s just toxic over there.”
She and her husband, Ken, moved to the Nine Mile area in June. The self-employed energetic healers say they felt a spiritual connection to the region after visiting in May. They fell hard for a split-level home just two blocks from Long Lake and told themselves if they could sell their condominium, the move was destiny.
Their home sold within 24 hours for more money than they asked, the couple says.
“We traded a condominium with the sounds of sirens going up and down the street for a piece of land that is treed and beautiful,” Ken says. “We love it.”
“We went for a walk the other night and saw three deer on our road,” Lona says. “We have quail living in our backyard.
“The wildlife, the surroundings, the people, the energy. They’re all nice.”
Although they initially wanted more land, Lona says the couple knew they were home the minute they saw the 1,900-square foot home on half an acre that sits against a hillside in Nine Mile.
“It just said, ‘Ken and Lona live here,’ ” she says. “It was the spirituality of the land. And the neighbors are really nice.”
Ken and Lona own Clear Point Therapy, which offers energetic healing treatments. Ken says he and Lona help clear emotions from the body using kinesiology, a system of muscle testing that reveals and corrects energy imbalances in the body. “We repair the short circuits, the master switch,” says Ken, who spent more than 20 years as an accountant before switching careers.
The couple worked from two clinics in the Puget Sound area but relocated the business to Nine Mile, turning the home’s downstairs into a treatment room. While courting new clients in the Inland Northwest, the Holms plan to keep treating longtime patients by returning to Puget Sound every two months.
Since moving here, Ken says he and Lona feel as though the region’s spiritual energy has improved their work. “It was like we were supposed to get here.”
“It was kind of a leap of faith to know that we could come here,” she says. “We’re on a path.”
The couple, married a year and a half, say they miss their friends and grown children, but they know they’ve made the right choice. Besides, they can always visit, Ken says.
Before the move, Lona says she and Ken spent a lot of time contemplating their next vacation to the beach or where they’d spend Christmas. This year, they plan to spend their holidays at home.
“We love it here,” she says.
“We don’t want to go anywhere else.”