Thursday, August 29, 2013
It seems like forever since I've been on SP. And looking at my last blog post, it really has been a long time.
I've been meaning to write this blog for a few weeks now and always seem to get sidetracked. Tonight, while I'm eating my after dinner yogurt I'm going to finally do some catching up.
Back at the end of June I took a huge leap of faith and moved from Oregon to Nevada. I packed up a moving POD with my family's essentials, both household and emotional, and hopped a plane.
I had reached a point in my life where I was tired of being stagnant and never taking any chances. I knew I had my best friend and some family in Reno for support. Since becoming an adult I have never taken any leaps of faith, left my comfort zone or even attempted anything adventurous. I had become lifeless. I couldn't find a job, I was starting to do well with my health program but still felt like I was lacking something. I had also come to realize that it was not healthy for me to live in a state where 8 months out of the year I felt like I needed to be medicated because of SAD.
As of this moment, I can honestly say this has been the best decision of my life. One of my children isn't happy, but someday he will realize that this was a better decision than staying. Within two weeks I had a full time job. Within a month and a half I had a place to call home.
Not all of this journey was sunshine and roses, but I weathered through it. It took a huge emotional toll, which people couldn't understand. Through all the emotional crises, I managed to keep my health goals in mind. Even though I was staying with friends and family, I managed to lose 6 lbs.
I didn't succumb to my old habits. I'm very appreciative of my water habit now that we are in a much hotter climate!
It's coming up on a month since we've been in our new place. It's not what I had hoped for when I decided to move, but it's home. I feel like I'm finally settling into a routine.
The downfall? I once again moved into a neighborhood where everything is uphill! The good side-it hasn't taken long for me to adjust to those hills thanks to the ones I was used to climbing in Oregon.
There are still things I'm adjusting to. Like the altitude change, all the smoke in the air, and the fact that the sun definitely burns brighter here! (We won't talk about the weird sunburn my poor Oregon skin got the first weekend we were here).
All in all, I am very pleased with my decision to move. It's opened my eyes, made me more appreciative for those around me and has made it possible for me to finally start moving beyond my past.