Last month, aside from my work, my life was consumed by preparing to move to our first house. It was exciting, but it was also incredibly stressful. Not to mention, it’s hard work!
But even in the craziness, here a few lessons I’ve rediscovered in the process of moving:
- Don’t lose the vision! In thinking about boxes and cleaning and packing up everything, it is so easy to lose sight of the fact that I’m going to be somewhere awesome and exciting in just a few days. So don’t lose sight of what you’re working for.
- Throw it out. Sometimes things just don’t work anymore, and that’s okay. Maybe it’s a process you’ve put in place or an idea you love, but if it doesn’t work (at least not for where you are right now) get rid of it. Someday you might be able to bring it out again, or get a new one. You have to be willing to get rid of somethings in order to grow … maybe you’ll even find something better on the other side.
- Give it away. You may have a lot of talent, knowledge or skills, but unless you share them or give them away, no one will benefit from them (not even you!). There is so much joy from sharing with others. Don’t let your gifts just sit in your pocket. Use them, share them, give them away!
- Time management is important. My husband and I work full-time, so my husband and I didn’t have much time for packing and preparing. We had to really plan out the pockets of time we had and stick with it. It worked, thankfully. You just have to make the most of the time you have.
- Having the right team makes a difference. Whether it’s the squad, the officers, or your coaching team that work most closely with, you need to pick the people who will have strengths you don’t and will support you as well as hold you accountable. My husband did that for me in some of my stressed moments, and it made a world of difference.
- In every challenge there is an opportunity for growth. I hate moving. The anxiety and stress can be too much sometimes, but in each of those overwhelming moments, I had the choice to pray and move forward or give up. But growth only happens when you choose one of those. Make sure it’s the right one.
It just goes to show that there are lessons to learn in every experience in life! I hope these help you as your season rolls along.