Dealing with Change

As you may have noticed, things are changing in a BIG way around here. We are moving across the country so that means a new state, a new home, a new job, new friends, etc. It's a little nerve-racking to say the least but we are excited about a new adventure.

Anyone who knows me knows that I don't deal with change very well. I am a creature of habit in a lot of ways and I get very comfortable with my job, my routine, and my everyday comforts. Well the Lord is throwing a wrench in my plans and is making me get out of that comfort zone. I think that's a good thing though. We can't grow if we don't change, right??

Someone said to me, if you had never moved to San Diego you wouldn't have met your friends there. So true! We have to change and experience something new so we have the opportunity for different people to come into our lives. That being said, I have a great support system in San Diego and I'm so sad to be leaving them.  I have also loved being so close to our friends and family in Nevada too. I'm secretly hoping that they all join us in Virginia sooner than later. :)

Since I knew that this change was a possibility for awhile now, I started mentally preparing myself. I read several books and prayed that the Lord would provide for us in our new home. One of my favorite books I read was, Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life's Transitions by Kristen Strong.  She's a fellow military spouse and has LOTS of experience moving from place to place. I have to stay that I am very thankful that for the most part, the military keeps us in one place because I know that other families move a ton.

Kristen gives advice on transitioning and making the best of your circumstance. One of my favorite quotes is, "If God is sending you to a new place, he's sending you with a promise." It's not something to fear or dread, because the Lord is providing this change. There's a purpose and a clear direction that the Lord is sending you to and that's what we should want, a clear purpose for our lives. Standing still and firm in one place (literally or figuratively) takes the freedom of growth away from us. Movement and change are created to twist and mold us into better versions of ourselves.

Over the past several months I have applied to countless schools and districts. I've had to revamp my resume, cover letter, and brush up on my interview skills. These are not things that people normally look forward to lol. Actually, it was a pain in the booty but you know what?? I learned a lot from having to do those things. I feel that I am actually more confident in myself because I was able to look at my teaching experiences and realized that I AM qualified for many jobs. Now getting interviews was a whole other issue but FINALLY I was hired its a 3rd grade teacher. Hallelujah! It seemed like it was never going to happen, but once again the Lord provided for us.

So is change fun?? Sometimes it can be, that is when it's your idea and your choice but overall it can be really scary. I'm still in the process of all these big changes but I'm trusting that the Lord knows best and he is only going to put me in situations where I can grow and become a better me. I'm sure there will be many tears in the next year but I know it will get better each day.

Thank you to my friends and family for the sweet encouragement over the last few months. I am forever grateful for you!

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