It is easy for me to get bogged down in the details of a major life change and for me that transition right now is settling in after moving from the island of Oahu to the Great State of Texas. In the past, as an active-duty Marine Corps spouse, I would feel guilty doing anything fun before the house was completely put together. This time, I am taking a different approach since I am wiser and the hubs is retiring this month. No guilt allowed!!
There are still many boxes that need unpacking. There is still a lot of stuff that needs to find a home. And there is still a lot of rearranging that needs to be done. And we are working on all of that. What I am doing different this time is weaving some fun stuff throughout this transition versus keeping my head down, in a box, and forcing myself to stay motivated on days that force just doesn't yield great results.
In the 3 weeks that we have been here we have eaten a lot of meals out and this gives us an opportunity to hang out in our new, small town. We have discovered some very friendly people and some amazing eats.
We have also attended a Home and Garden show where we met a friend of mine who drove over 3 hours to go to our Costco and the show. Nothing beats reuniting with a favorite friend and shopping together as you get caught up.
We have started our church search and God has been so sweet to reveal His truth to me during every service – whether it was a traditional service or a contemporary one.
We have taken our Realtor, and his wife, to lunch, to thank them for all they did to help us find our beautiful home. They went above and beyond for us and through the process of buying our home, they have become our friends. This particular lunch place was over an hour’s drive away which allowed us a lot of time to visit on the way there and on the way back. I love when we do something because it just comes naturally, like showing gratitude, and it turns out to be an even bigger blessing to the person you are thanking than you had intended. Our Realtor, David, shared that he really needed to spend a day just relaxing and cruising with friends. I love when God’s perfect timing reveals more than expected!
We have had our first dinner guests over for pizzas on the grill, before the entire house was guest ready, and we spent the evening watching several sporting events on TV while simultaneously surfing YouTube for our favorite songs. And our friends never once complained that there were still unpacked boxes sitting around!
We have met the friendliest people at Home Depot; at our local H.E.B. (which is a grocery store for all y’all that don’t live in Texas); and I already have several referrals for salons to get my grey hairs concealed again!!!
We would have missed all of this if we had just stayed locked up in our home, unpacking box after box. Even if a transition is stressful and requires a lot of work doesn't mean you can’t enjoy the process. You just have to be intentional about it.
Are you in a transitional time in your life? If so, how are you making it more fun?