By the time you read this post hopefully, I will be settled into the U.K. Have you ever made a massive life change? I struggled to pick the title for this post. I played with a few ideas…
- Help I’m Transitioning into Adulthood…WTF
- Help Me I’m Drowning in Transition
- Moving my life in 48 hours
- Moving across the world in 48 hours
From the title, you may have guessed that I am STRESSED. In a matter of days, I have had to make a lot of transitional life changes. What do I do when I’m stressed? I write. It’s therapeutic for me even if I really should be spending time packing, or cleaning. Go figure!
For those who don’t know, I am an American married to a British man. We decided it would be best to settle down in England. I am so excited for this move but its a bittersweet feeling leaving home. In the past when people say “wow, you’re moving to another country?”, It was never a big deal to me. I’ve been back and forth between the two countries for the past four years and never gave it any thought. Changing my last name on all my official documents and selling my car made the transition actually feel “real.” I hadn’t sat down and realized that a lot of changes have happened in my life this year. I’ve gotten married, we’ve purchased our first home, and I’m leaving my “home” in America. I have to keep reminding myself its not like I cant come back and visit!
All of these thoughts and emotions are hitting me all at once. My mind is constantly wondering if I will forget to pack something, did I get to visit all of my friends and family, where will I work in the U.K., what will I do, how will I handle myself during this transitional period? My mind is literally going 1,000 miles per hour. I am nervous about the unknown… but happy to have two beautiful families who support me, and a fantastic husband to discover these unknowns with…
As I approach the upcoming year, I want to be able to look back and be proud of all we’ve accomplished this year. You know the “insert year” is my year quote? I really feel as though 2017 has truly been good to me. I’ve begun to discover myself and find my voice.
Although I’m stepping into the unknown, I’m excited about what the future holds.
Have you ever made any big transitional life changes? How did you handle them