I've lived in about 21 homes in 10 cities across 4 countries and 3 continents, and I often question why. You see, I think I'm a bit of a nomad or as I like to call it, an international citizen. There is so much to see and experience in this short lifetime that I cannot begin to imagine living my whole life in one place.
Every new adventure has brought me more happiness, more friendships, more love, just MORE. And yes, I'm sad to leave close friends behind, but I know our relationships are strong enough to weather the test of time and distance.
Once again, we're planning a move to a different city, albeit only a 4 hours drive away. And we're a few weeks away from the the final move date, so there's loads to do. Even though it's a bit stressful and busy, I'm reminded, every day, of the great benefits of moving.
YOU GET RID OF STUFF
It's amazing how much STUFF we accumulate when we stop moving. I've bought baking pans that I've only used once, lampshades that only fit into one particular space in the house, holiday decorations, books, toys and clothing the kids have grown out of, throws and cushions, candles, vases, the list goes on and on.
We've spent the past few weeks purging as much as possible. We've had multiple Goodwill drops, a few visits to the small free neighborhood libraries, and today I've listed as much furniture as I can for sale and for free on local websites.
We simply don't need to hold on to this many material things.
MEETING NEW AMAZING PEOPLE
Life is just an accumulation of interactions, and each of us a sum of all the people in our lives. We've already met wonderful new neighbors and I'm looking forward to creating many new memories with old and new friends.
FAMILY IS CLOSER AND STRONGER
As we work through this change together, I notice how much less entitled my children behave. Each member of the family has to help out a little more than usual and everyone is just a little more patient with each other.
RE-EVALUATING WHAT REALLY MATTERS
As mentioned above, I really do stop and reflect every time we move. Moving away from my comfort zone, away from family and friends is an ideal time to re-assess the things that really matter in my life, the things I want to change, the goals I want to accomplish, and to concentrate my time and efforts on making them happen. This always ensures a more authentic happiness in my life.
We're only at the beginning of a huge lifestyle change, where we've decided not to wait until we retire to live the life of our dreams. Follow our journey as we travel off-piste and go against the norm.
"Your destiny is to fulfill those things upon which you focus most intently. So choose to keep your focus on that which is truly magnificent, beautiful, uplifting and joyful. Your life is always moving toward something." Ralph Marston