Starting Over

Starting over is scary, unsettling, risky, but also refreshing and exciting.

One of my friends posted a status about being inspired by Marie Kondo’s Netflix series.  I commented and said that I read her book back in 2016 and it helped me let go of a lot of excess.

Her response made me laugh.  She said:

“…And now you change states every 3 months!  The rest of us can’t get out of the driveway!”

The funny thing is that she is totally right.  I did not realize it until she called it.

June 2018– Drove from Washington to Florida then Florida to Maine.

September 2018- Flew from Northern Maine to Washington state.

January 2019- Flew from Washington to Arizona.

I have been feeling a little unsettled throughout this move and I think it is because my anxiety has been so high.  It has been frustrating because I don’t remember feeling this way when we moved to Maine, but maybe I did.

I took some time to reflect on the differences between my moves and I feel a lot better now.  When I moved to Maine I knew that everything would be different and that helped me get mentally prepared for social interactions.  This move was a lot more on a whim and I think my head is still kind of in the clouds and my expression is fixed with the “deer in the headlights” look.

Another difference is the fact that I spent a lot of time reconnecting with my friends and family and making new friends during the 3 months in my hometown.  I found a routine that I loved.  I lived in a peaceful and immaculately clean place.  I went for Saturday morning runs / adventures with Diana and her 4 dogs.  I joined a gym where I worked out consistently and found a Zumba / Dance fitness community that I absolutely love.  I spent a lot of time focusing on myself and experimented with methods like giving up alcohol and weed, intermittent fasting, and a keto nutrition plan.

I think I have been feeling a little sad because I miss that life that I created for myself even though it was short and I knew it would be temporary.

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The good news is that I can recreate that where ever I go.  I am a little afraid of starting over and worried that I will not make new friends, but I need to think more positively.  Something is wrong if I am still feeling down in the sunshine.

I think it is time for me to push my edges a little more and explore!

How do you get acquainted to a new place and what are some of your favorite ways to meet new friends?  Please comment below to share!

❤ Alana

 

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12 thoughts on “Starting Over

    1. Diana! I am so excited! I miss you too. I just got your picture with the AZ plans. My phone was being stupid. I can’t wait to see you and Ruby! Also, I am on the 1st episode of Marie Kondo right now and think I will go through my entire suitcase and figure out what “sparks joy” and what pieces I can “thank.” Can’t wait to see you soon!!!

      ❤ Alana

    1. Maine is so snowy and I wanted to go to a sunny place for the rest of the winter and were trying to decide between Hawaii, Cali, or Arizona. I have never been to AZ and figured it would be a great place to get some sunshine and save money 🙂

    1. I am going to be here for at least 6 months to a year depending on how I like it. One thing I have learned about myself is that things are never permanent when it comes to my geography! I hope you are having a great week!!!

      ❤ Alana

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