Thursday, January 29, 2015

{Life's Archives} Moving to Seattle!

I've been reading a lot of things I've written days, months and even years ago...in some cases over a decade ago. It is interesting to see who I was then and who I became over time (both in short and long term). I am interesting in keeping these thoughts and sharing some of them. I am calling this series "Life's Archives" because it is a place where I can revisit thoughts I've had in the past, even if they contradict thoughts I hold now.

The first one I found is actually not that old. This is what I wrote about our move to Seattle almost 8 months ago. I was so excited about our move.

Written on June 8, 2014


It is official, Stephen has accepted a job with Amazon! That means we will be moving to Seattle in just a few short weeks. I am so excited and I can't believe it is happening all at the same time.

First of all, just the fact that this move is exciting and not terrifying is a magnificent testament to God working in my life. I have been fearful to try new things and go new places for as long as I can remember. God has transformed me in the past couple years into someone who can be brave. That has been my mantra this year, to do something brave everyday. The year isn't even halfway over yet and it has already accumulated into something huge! A change that I really do need bravery for, not only for myself, but for my whole family.

This really is huge because I have never been to the west coast. I have not been further west than Treasure Island, FL, where we were married. We looked it up, that is technically further west than Johnson City, TN where we have family, which is the other western most point I have been. However, I am not afraid. I see it as a wonderful adventure where I get to learn a new city and explore a whole new part of the country.

The only truly sad part is leaving my friends behind. I've made some amazing friends here and I will miss them greatly.

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It's simple and beautiful and still true. I'm not sure I ever finished my thought, but it is fun to look back on the anticipation of moving and smile. Needless to say, everything worked out wonderfully. My family loves this city, I absolutely do. I have changed so much in many ways since I moved here. It feels like a positive direction...at least I have joy, peace and confidence in a way I hadn't before. I do miss my friends still. Honestly, I hope I always will.

I believe it is a good experiment to look back at who you were to realize how far you have come. 

I look forward to revisiting more thoughts like this one - time will tell.


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