Yep, you read that right. 21 moves.
2 .... 1.... moves ....
When most people learn that about me, they almost always immediately ask some version of the same three questions:
1. why in the world would you move that much?
2. aren't you exhausted?
3. you must be a box-packing pro, huh?
Easy answer to the last one - "um, no." You'd think practice would make perfect, but um. Yeah, still "no" :)
Answers to the first two - I've moved this much due to career choices - first, for my own career, then for my boyfriend/fiance/husband's. And, no, I'm not exhausted. Maybe, if we keep doing this in perpetuity, but for now, I'm ok.
And I'm ok, because over the years and across the miles, I've developed a bit of a process. As I've shared it with other movers over time, it developed into a 7-step plan and every step starts with "p."
In the coming weeks, I'll expand on each "p" in the series. I'll share links I find to be really helpful, printables I use and books about moving that have assisted me make transitions over the years.
To finish a move, I ....
about the move, about my attitude toward the move and all the details that go into moving
myself, my heart, my husband, my kids, my friends here, my extended family
moving checklists, packing lists, bon voyage party invitations - my printer is on overdrive during the moving process!
I do pack a few things myself and make sure I hire good movers to do the rest
oh boy, do I plan!
every move requires the closing of one door and the opening of some wonderful windows - I take time to process my emotions, grieve if I need to and carefully help my kiddos and husband do the same, in their own way
as we begin life post-move, I praise God for His blessings in our lives, for new opportunities and for warm memories
And in those first few weeks post-move, I circle right back up and repeat my first step - with lots of prayers for our new home.
Now, an important caveat to everything you just read - this is what I do to finish my moves. Note that I didn't say "7 steps to an easy move." Or "7 steps to an organized move." Or even "7 steps to a happy move." All for a very important reason - in my experience, moves aren't easy, organized, or even particularly happy. Even when they're for good, exciting and awesome opportunities, most moves will have one (or more) circumstances pop up that try my patience or add a few more grey hairs to my 32-year-old head.
But, while moves are rarely easy, they do always have a finish. Regardless of what happens in between the time I turn in one set of keys and pick up a new one, eventually, my moves do end. And a new chapter in life begins!
My hope in sharing my thoughts in the coming weeks is that I'll be able to help others who are moving look at their processes a little differently - and find the "p"ositives in all moving "p"rocesses :)
Reader question: have you moved recently? What resources or advice would you share with other moving women?