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It’s Time to Move!

by Lisa on August 19, 2012

There have been many times in my life when I complained about being in “limbo.” Instances where things weren’t really happening, progress was not outwardly apparent, and sometimes I just felt a little stuck in what choices I could make. Today, though, I am kind of realizing that we’re all in limbo most of the time—that when I try to figure out the future, I feel stuck in the moment instead of just being in the moment and letting life unfold.

I won’t say I’m great at letting life unfold—I’m a planner, through and through. But I see the value in not putting expectations on many things, in combination with laying the groundwork for following my bliss. It requires balance, just like most things in life…which requires practice (just like most things in life).

Right now, everything I own (except for some clothes, my Macbook, and my yoga mat) is packed into duct-tape-shut containers, to be shortly transported into storage. I’m sure I packed things I’ll wish I had and left out things I’ll never touch. But I’ll manage, I’m sure. Time is running short for me here–I’ll be flying out of NY on Tuesday morning, and have plenty of things to do and people to hug before that happens. I’ve been lucky enough to even reconnect with old friends in the past week–great conversation, shared food and drinks, and lots of reflection on the past. I’m not sure if I need closure, after all, I’ll be back in October for Matthew’s birthday. Hopefully by that time I’ll have a plan. I’m totally open to any opportunities that come my way between now and then.

Here is my non-plan plan…

I’m getting to California on Tuesday, and I’m going to take a few minutes (a week?) to breathe and not start planning yet. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to take out my stitches till Friday, so there are a few days in which I cannot do yoga or much working out. (Maybe I need this?). I’m going to walk, do my online work, and hope the setting I’m in leads to a smooth transition. Sometime on the weekend, I’ll try and regroup and maybe just plan a little bit for how I’ll proceed the following week.

Honestly, I feel really uneasy saying I’m going to relax (notice I didn’t use that word before)–it’s not that I don’t think I deserve it, or that I should work harder. It’s that if I do that, then I can’t avoid the fact that it’s only about me. I don’t have to think about my Mom or Dad, Matthew, or anyone else. I don’t have to consider what anyone else needs or wants (and I’m pretty good at only doing that). One thing I know about life is that it is often the challenging things that lead to opportunities and better outcomes in the end. So I’m determined to go through this and not around it–to get better at having preferences and valuing my own needs first. I’m lucky I spent almost nine years here, with my family and with Matthew (and a lot of other quality people). And maybe I’ll come back—but I have to go away to figure it out and to take a break from other people’s lives, and just live my own. (by the way, that sounds pretty dreadful and awesome at the same time!).

So there it is. I’ll keep you posted.

Any tips?

Any things I should do in Cali?

Have you ever up-and-moved to a whole new place?

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  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    I just wish you so much luck and joy. I am not good at letting things unfold either. I want to plan, I need to know what to expect.

  • Sandy

    When u venture to a “new place”….physically or emotionally….try to be by yourself as much as possible….You can absorb whats needed no matter where u are..it isnt “here” nor “there”. A feeling of grounding, purpose, calmness will enter…then include others while still “feeling” (not “remembering”) what u felt.

  • http://twitter.com/TheNewHealthy Stefanie

    Ah, I am planner through and through as well. There are times when I just wish I could stop, sit back, and let things flow as they should. I wish you the BEST of luck in everything and I can’t wait to see what amazing things you do while going through the challenge (rather than around it). :)

    Fully enjoy your downtime (or relaxation, if you want to call it that)! <3

  • Melissa S

    I wish you the best of luck Lisa! I know you will have a fantastic time in CA! You will definitely be missed on the east coast. I hope you keep up with the blog and update us on your adventures! Let me know when you are back in town, and we can meet up for some starbucks or wine :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Thanks!! Sounds great Mel—I’ll text you when I’ll be back in town so we can meet up :-)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Thanks Sandy—this is definitely a helpful perspective for me to keep in mind!
    And hopefully we can meet for coffee when I’m back in town!!

  • cathy@1970kikiproject

    wishing you the very best, lisa – xoxo. do take a few days to *relax!*

  • The Candid RD

    Moving to California?? I think I need to go back and read some past posts. I’m a bit behind in the life of Lisa!
    Good luck to you. And yes, relax. Do it.

  • Jess

    Good luck my friend — I have a feeling this change will mean nothing but greatness to come.

  • purelytwins

    good luck with the move!!! love Cali! wish we could live there….maybe one day ;) hugs

  • http://twitter.com/merigoesround Meri

    that is exciting- I can’t wait to hear about it! take it slow and remember to take each day as a new one, and it will be fine!

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