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.
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!