I moved...transitions can be difficult but exciting too!
Posted on September 25 2018
Do you know the average American will move their household 11.7 times in their lifetime, according to the US Census Bureau? That number seems high but who am I to argue? In my adult life (after college) the number of times I've moved is under 10 and most recently just left my latest home after 17 years. My husband, Tom and I decided we no longer needed the space we had after becoming empty nesters and it was time to downsize. Fast forward two years (yup - took that long to sell in our buyers market here in CT), and an exhausting and stressful search for our next home, we are now settling in for our next chapter.
They say one of the most stressful times in life is moving. I can agree. Fortunately we had a fantastic real estate agent who never showed her frustration with the selling and searching process (shout out to Julie Ovian at Raveis Real Estate in Madison, CT). Personally I had to dig deep to manage all the emotions of leaving the home we raised our boys in and the challenging search for finding the next home we could see ourselves settling in. In the middle of it all, it came time to say goodbye to our 15 year old Lab, Skipper. Here we are on a hike several years ago.
What did I learn from this summer and making this particular move? I learned to be mindful of managing the stress level. For me that meant being grateful for what I have (health, family, friends, my business etc), taking deep breaths, repeating positive thoughts in my head. Spending time in the Wild Air Skincare studios making products was a fantastic escape and allowed the energy to flow away from most of the "house stuff".
It's been three weeks since the big move in day and so far so good. I know it will take time before it feels like "home" but for now, the excitement is in the "newness" and what lies ahead. Now, if we can just get the new couch to arrive (10 weeks for a couch..wow!).
If you have moved what were your stress coping strategies? Did you find it stressful? I'd love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to comment below. Thank you for listening to me rant!