Four years, tomorrow. July 22, 2013, my family and I closed the door on an empty house in Pennsylvania and opened the door of an empty house in Colorado. The biggest leap of faith we’d ever taken. Hands down.
We relocated 1,700 miles from the edge of our comfort zone…and looking back, we’d do it again in a minute.
Before we moved, I saw myself as someone who would most certainly live somewhere other than where I’d grown up. I pictured myself living in a place that would truly feed my soul. In the meantime, I grumbled about my surroundings and I waited for an outside force to change my situation.
I figured that someday, life’s circumstances would push me beyond the boundaries of the only life I’d known...and I’d end up in a land with abundant sunshine.
I wasn’t taking any action to create a new life in a different location.
I’m not a risk taker. I’m not an early adopter.
I’m slow to change.
So how did we end up taking the leap?
Looking back on it now, I believe the Universe decided merely to force our hand a bit.
It basically came down to three things…
1, Our first family visit to Colorado. August, 2012. Sunny, dry and 80 degrees. My eyes were opened to an alternate summer. There was indeed a climate other than "hazy, hot and humid".
2, We endured yet another late winter filled with sleet, freezing rain and endless gray skies. 40+ days. Our moods were dark and our spirits low.
3, Greta was finishing 8th grade. High school was only months away. Our three kids are just 42 months apart in age...we knew we needed to jump or stay put for another seven years.
We held family meetings, considered our options, worried, researched, cried, talked, voted, explored and ultimately...
We made an enormous decision to make an enormous change.
It was the very best choice we’ve ever made. Period.
If you dream of a change...
a new job, a new spouse, a new body, new friendships, a new business, a new house, a new city…
Decide what you want and commit to the change you envision.
Begin by taking the necessary steps to get things rolling. Baby steps are fine.
Hold on tight...it might be a bumpy, unfamiliar ride. That’s okay. The road is smoother on the other side.
Expect some panic. Breathe. Keep breathing...right through the anxiety.
Trust that you’ve made the right choice and allow yourself to settle in to the terrifying, but exquisite newness of a fresh chapter.
For me, it was moving to a place with more sunshine. What's your dream change? Please share!
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I firmly believe that the simple act of putting your dreams out there is often just enough for the Universe to take notice...and begin shifting your story.
Change is all there is.
This summer, I'm reminding myself of this daily. (sometimes hourly:-)
Big changes happening again for us in the next five weeks or so. Greta is finished high school and heading back across that 1,700 miles to attend university.
Feeling stuck can seem safe, but it rarely allows for anything amazing to unfold.
Test your limits. Stretch yourself.
Don’t wait. Start today.
Just imagine who you could be when July 21, 2021 arrives...
Thank you for being here and sharing this journey with me. As always, I welcome your comments and questions.
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Hello, I'm Kristen.
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