I've got to say these past couple years have been tough for this reason. I envy those people who are just paying their mortgage, kids in great schools, no chance of moving or changing their lives so drastically. I'd like to just settle down in ONE place and stay there till I die. (So, for a loooooong time, yeah?) That would be cool. I would like my kids to grow up THEIR kids in the same town and all have Christmases together, etc.
But. My life, for the past 10 years, hasn't gone this way. I haven't had the relaxing life of the familiar. I haven't experienced what it's like to have one group of friends that I can grow close to- or a steady business to build. I started one in Virginia, too, you know. Even when I did spend more than a year or two in one spot I still had the lingering thought that it would just be temporary. That thought can prohibit you from growing, unfortunately. Maybe that's why most friendships are acquaintances and why I've never put the effort into designing a baby's nursery.
For ME it's been UP AND GO since 2004. A new life in each new place. New friends, new everything. I started out in California back then and since have moved to Virginia, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Kentucky... all over and back again. Not just one move a year sometimes- and usually to multiple places in the same state, too. Ugh. I can't even tell you how many cross country drives we've made in the last decade, either. Not just Tony and I- but my mom and I- family and I. Oh like the time I sat passenger style for 3,000 miles with a cat carrier on my lap, a goldfish at my feet, a plant hanging over my head, and a dog breathing down my back? I prefer not to think about it... driving across the country and I aren't friends. And times like that are best forgotten (that was a new low- my mom and I laughed at how white trash we felt to the crowd at Sonic- just imagine). Needless to say, moving has GOTTEN OLD! I wish I could say this next move would be our last but I know it won't be. But our last big move, we hope!
Despite all the craziness of our moves, I have enjoyed the new experiences. Meeting new people is a plus. I've genuinely tried over the years to help, make a mark, or show care and love towards people and appreciate my situation, even if it wasn't easy or my idea of ideal. Because of that I've found happiness amongst the uncertainty and changes. The thing about this next move that excites me is thinking we'll at least stay in the same area- same state anyway. We know we don't want a big move again. Whatever happens we are going to try to make it work living where we want. What's greatest about it is that it's where I've always wanted to live. A place I truly love- and have always been so fascinated by. I'm just so extremely excited that in a four short weeks we'll start our move back HOME. A place where I do have genuine friends- and can continue to make those friendships stronger. A place where my business has shown the most promise and where most of our family is. See you soon, Arizona. OH how I've missed you!!
(so it wasn't what we expected... it's better!)
*pictures from exactly a year ago, on a family outing...in Arizona! So. So excited.