I am in the middle of moving my family (1 hubs, 1 mother-in-law, two cats, two dogs, three kids and a hamster) across the country and the last thing I should probably be doing is writing a blog post rather than GETTING MY SHIT TOGETHER.
But I was thinking about why I am so happy in the midst of all this chaos and being a writer, really had to write about it!
I am a “moving person”
I have friends on Facebook who have never left the hometown I grew up in and that is a total mystery to me. I have lived in many places including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Colorado and am getting ready to head back to Florida.
Each move is so much fun as I get to know new places and people.
I can have a new house
This may be the longest time I have lived in a house since childhood (7 years). It was an amazing house, but after a while there really is only so much you can do to a place to make it “different”. Yeah you can move furniture around or re-arrange your countertops differently, but there are no real changes that will make a huge difference.
But now I am moving to a new house. It is twice as big as the one we are in now so that is cool (more decorating) and that blank canvas is super sexy to me!
Since I have only seen pictures at this point, I am trying to be super focused on NOT having weird expectations about it and to NOT get all kinds of things that might not really fit in when I get there.
I have been mostly successful in this!
I can have a perfectly organized house
I have OCD, so that is out there. This means that things in the wrong place really do bother me (although I am not always able to fix them myself).
But a NEW HOUSE can be perfect. I have a vision for what it can be, how everything will be perfect and the little children will put everything in its place (unlike here where there are no less than 6 socks laying around the house in random places).
Now, I am aware that the little children will still have socks in Florida, but in my dream house, everything will have a place and we will all live in sockless harmony.
I can change my business
When you have a business it can be easy to fall into a rut and to think that you have to keep doing all the things that you have done before.
This move means more space and so I am changing things up a bit. I am going to be selling more physical products and starting an Ebay store.
I will shop more and get out of the house more. I will be listing and learning and doing new things. YES I know that I could have done that without moving, but change is hard and I find when I change my environment I am more able to change my business!
I can exercise more
I have a mastermind partner (FitnessDivaKir) who is super healthy and fit and who keeps me on track. When I said I wanted to walk everyday because it will never get cold or snowy again, she said, “when are you going to do that” … as in, what time every day will that happen?
So my intention is to walk everyday around my new neighborhood at 10:30 and 2:30 to exercise me and my doggies.
Sure I could do that here and had been getting more fit by going to the gym prior to the wheels falling off with the move, but moving to a new place makes that seem more possible!
I can eat better
I just found out that because of food allergies I probably have to start being a vegetarian. Seriously? I had already given up beef, pork and chicken, but had held on to fish, but they are trying to kill me now too.
Supposedly there is a farmers market around the corner so hopefully I will get great produce that I can make into super delicious rabbit food that will keep me nourished!
I can live like Martha Stewart
Okay, let’s call a spade a spade. Moving to a new house is probably not going to solve all my problems. I will probably not have spotless children or a perfect house. I will still have lots of work I love doing but which isn’t perfect.
I might even have a less than amazing time driving across country with my son, two cats and a dog than I think I will.
But somewhere in the back of my mind is always the hope that I can live like Martha. She has perfect food and gardens, her decor is impeccable and her craft tools are amazing.
Yeah she had that little jail thing, but mostly I just want her storybook life, and maybe this move will make it happen!
Tara Jacobsen is a writer first, photographer second and an all around renaissance woman who is trying to make a happy (clean) home for her menagerie of dogs, cats, kids and the hamster. Her love of business, marketing and selling make for a fun and frenetic life that she loves! Check out more about her online empire at TaraJacobsen.com.