I sat down today and counted the number of times I have moved in my life… I knew it was a lot (my mom was a gypsy!)… But I couldn’t believe the number when I tallied up my history – this is move # 25 for me! The longest I’ve ever lived in one house is 4.5 years (even through my childhood).
Also today, I noticed a friend on Facebook posting about her challenges of her own move from Los Angeles to Seattle this week and it raised some interesting thoughts for me about change. Moving can be particularly challenging, and even though I’m a seasoned mover, I get stressed too.
“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
– William G.T. Shedd
In particular, my friend pointed out that with all of the emotional drain that a move can have on someone, we somehow must keep our energy levels up in order to finish all the physical tasks necessary to pack up and go. Continuing to take steps towards the action of moving physically can be really challenging.
When we are in the storm of a move, its often hard to step back and see just how strong we really are. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving towards the ultimate goal of relocating all of our “stuff” to a new location, disposing of unnecessaries, and leaving family and friends behind can be so draining.
I would argue that moving is one of the best things a person can go through to strengthen their resiliency and confidence in themselves. We will all find ourselves in scary and unfamiliar places at some point in our lives , but you are not alone. Its very natural to feel overwhelmed with emotions, anxiety, or the sheer number of physical tasks necessary to complete your move.
I don’t regret any of my 25 moves and I feel that each of the pit stops in my journey have helped make me become who I am today – a stronger, more resilient woman who isn’t afraid of change or taking the less traveled path.
My past 24 moves have led me exactly to the decision I recently made to quit my corporate job and start serving individuals who are making similar changes and taking equivalent risks in their lives.
Whether its moving, ending a relationship, making a career change, or dealing with some kind of loss or grief… change is scary! My passion is helping individuals get more out of life by working through these changes and embracing the opportunities to grow and learn.
Even though moving can be stressful and disruptive, I’m overjoyed with my opportunity to relocate to San Diego. My family is being so supportive as I’m pursuing my dream of entrepreneurship and launching a business.
I’m curious what is the biggest challenge for you when moving? Is it the emotional turmoil? The physical? The social part? What is it for you that challenges you the most when moving?
You can also take a quiz here to see how resilient you are yourself.
I’d love to hear from you after you take the quiz, post your comments below – 🙂
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