Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Two short years ago, I was overwhelmed with having to move – both in my personal and professional spaces. It was was alot to manage getting a new office and a new home. While I was excited and recognized that the move represented progress for my life, I was also tired, stressed, and anxious. Through it all, I realized that the point of my post really shouldn’t be about moving. It is about something much deeper than that….

That December, it was decided that our entire 5-person team should have their offices next door to each other. And I get it – the point was to build team camaraderie. My old office was down the hall from the rest of my team and now I would be just next door. A few people asked me if I was upset about moving. “It’s just an office,” was my constant reply, and I sincerely meant that. 

In January, we moved into our new home. It was only 15 minutes away from our old home, but it was still such a big transition. Moving from a two-story to a one-story with a change in square footage was definitely a little stressful. Surrounded by stacks and stacks of boxes, I was so excited about being able to provide new opportunities for my family.

The entire concept of moving has so many layers to it that it is a wonder that people ever move at all! Do you really want to pack up your entire life? Is the new space “perfect” for you? Have you calculated how much all of this will cost? 

Let the people around you help and when they can’t, find professionals that can.If you have a big move ahead of you, it’s in your best interest to find strong, helping hands to handle the heavy lifting. When you rely on a professional moving service, you won’t have to stress about picking up boxes that weigh more than you do. Outsource whenever you can! Hire movers like Our Truck Moving offers free consultations.  Personally, I always need people to reduce the stress in my life. And these labor movers in Garland, TX offer bonus services like packing your whole house! Whether you’re moving from an apartment, a condo, a home, an industrial park, or a commercial plaza, they’re ready to lend a hand with packing and hauling your items.

You can spend time preparing for the move with checklists and color-coded labels, but you still might not be ready for a move… or so you think. Along with having good movers, the key to moving includes two things: growth and acceptance. While you are growing into the new “space”, you are learning to accept the end of the current level you are on. Or if the new level is being nudged upon you, as God sometimes does, and you have to accept that it’s time to move. Regardless of how it happens, movement in a physical, mental, or emotional space can not happen without your growth and/or acceptance.

If you are struggling with how to get through the growth or acceptance of your pending “move”, here are three ideas that helped me, even in my uncertainty.

First, purge the old stuff.

I’ve collected so much over the years. Things I didn’t even realize were still there, hidden in drawers or boxes, and oftentimes never used. You might feel sentimental about some of your items, and that’s expected, but there is freedom that comes with the purge. Warning – the purge isn’t always about material things… it could apply to relationships as well. Trust me on this.

Next, protect your treasures.

Anything fragile requires extra attention, and this includes your emotional state. A change in environment can bring up some emotions for which you weren’t prepared. Be gentle with yourself, and take the time you need to process this.

And always, pack your patience.

Moving takes time. It all takes time. There will be days when you are frustrated and most certainly tired, but your patience will truly come in handy. And not just during the move, but AFTER the move.

Regardless of how you view it, there will be lessons to learn from moving. And as you celebrate the “new” opportunity you’ve been given, take time to celebrate being courageous enough to leave the “old” behind. From my perspective, the significance of my move is just as much about what I am leaving behind as it is what I am going to gain.

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