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Friday, March 05, 2010

I can do it!
I can do anything!

As I’ve been reading The Spark, I have been feeling like I’ve been searching for my own personal mantra. It took me quite a while to realize that I already had one.

Being an Air Force wife has led to challenges. In the first 3 years of our marriage we only were together for 18 months. We have survived a 1 year separation while he was stationed in Korea. We have survived more 2-3 month schools in Mississippi than I can count. We have survived 6 months in Iraq. With each time apart I had to remember, he’ll be back soon, I can do it.

I have also found that I can endure. We were stationed in Hawaii for 4 years, and while that is a vacation to some, it is not my ideal home. I’m a Midwest gal. I love open spaces, few people and cool (or downright cold) weather. We lived in a tiny house, with too much furniture and had 2 children while we were there. I remember thinking, it’s not permanent, and I can do it until we move.

The most current test of my endurance is getting ready to move again; this time the Air Force is sending us to England for 4 years. The first big shock came when we were getting ready to put the house on the market. I got everything cleaned and ready, putting things away in boxes and getting a storage unit to store extra items because I have seen too many shows about house staging. Our realtor told us to get even more out of the house and make it even sparser! I had to remind myself, it’s only until we sell the house, and I can do it.

Now that the house is sold, we’re waiting to close and realizing that we’ll be living in TLF (temporary lodging facilities) for one month because we got lucky and sold our house quickly. This means all 4 of us living in one room with a screen that separates the bed from the living/dining/kitchen. It’s okay, it’s only for a month, and I can do it.

The stories we have heard from people that have moved to England are both exciting and terrifying. They rave about the wonderful places you’ll be able to visit, the tours you can take and the culture of it all. They rant about the housing. The appliances are smaller, the houses are smaller, and the roads are smaller. From the stories I hear, everything in England is half the size of its US counterpart. That’s okay, it’s only for 4 years, and I can do it.

As I was walking on the treadmill today I realized that I didn’t need to search for a personal mantra. When the program kicked the speed up to my fastest walking pace and then also increased the incline I muttered to myself, I can do it. Then it hit me.

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    You can not only do it, you've done it and will continue to do it!! Thrive not just survive. emoticon Enjoy each day in England without living for being back in the States!! Can you take me with you? emoticon

    Also, congrats on selling the house to quickly. Many were not so fortunate!!
    4048 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/8/2010 5:13:12 AM
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    Wow, what stress. Your life is a whirlwind and although it probably doesnt seem like it, you are handling it w/energy and grace and you will get through it. Personally I have never been ANYwhere and England sounds great to me, but I bet it is a big change that brings its own stress. Its all for a reason and a great reason at that. I hope that month flies by and you get settled in and settled down soon! Take care of you in this wild time! Have a great week! B
    4064 days ago
    Yes, you can!
    4081 days ago
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    4081 days ago
    You CAN do it!! Wow! You can do a lot!!
    4082 days ago
    You can do it! I'm so glad you shared that. It almost made me cry (I'm at work so I held them in!)

    Thanks to your husband for his service and to you for supporting him!

    Good luck on your move! It is sure to be an adventure!

    4082 days ago
    I can do it is a great mantra. It reminds me of that book from my childhood, I think I can, I think I can... I thought I could.
    P.S. I think you will love England. Yes, the appliances are smaller, but you go shopping more often. Because there is so much to enjoy, you won't be spending that much time in the house. Have fun!
    4082 days ago
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