It was one week ago Saturday that I moved about 650 miles from the Jersey Shore to North East Georgia. The Jersey Shore is located in Atlantic County, New Jersey. I lived in Atlantic County my entire life! This move is huge!! Bona-fide big! Bigger than any move in my lifetime.
Some family, a few friends, and many colleagues are asking, what the???? Lol!! For many, the move was unexpected.
Last year this time, we did not think that in 2017, we would be living in Georgia.
I am spiritual. I believe that God, the Universe, or whomever you may believe in, speaks to us, but we must exist in a state of being, to hear, to heed, and to act on the messages.
For about a year, hubby and I talked about the possibility of selling our beautiful home of 14 years. Our lovely home hosted dozens of holiday dinners, super bowl parties, New Years Eve parties, and other special events. Nicknamed, The Resort, by my friends because of the fantastic “get-away” feel, no one ever expected us to sell.
Due to the slow real estate market, we assumed our home would take close to a year to sell. We listened to a nagging impulse (God’s message) to put the house on the market.
And it sold.
Our home was placed on the market later in afternoon on a Tuesday. We weren’t in a hurry to put a For Sale sign out front but the house was listed online. The following day a buyer looked at our home at around 11 a.m.
They loved our home!
Placed a full offer.
The rest is history!
Nine months later and after a rewarding 29-year career in public safety, hubby reluctantly and abruptly retired. Long story short, the state gave him and others little choice. Another unplanned change. Lol!
About a year and a half prior, we looked at post retirement homes in different states but honestly, we didn’t make or foresee any changes in the near future.
One state, in particular, felt like home. Georgia. Although hundreds of miles away, it had the feel of the Garden State. An abundance of blooming trees and flowers; just like home.
On one visit, we fell in love with a home and decided to place an offer. Our offer was accepted and we were stunned…but elated!! Lol!
We believed and understood that a higher power was at work and acceptance of the offer (by the builder) meant that the house was designated for us by God.
Although hubby retired, my intentions were to continue working for the school district. But then something happened.
Somewhere and somehow a conversation started about me retiring and us just packing up and getting the he** out of NJ. It was divine intervention. While I had 15 years in with the board of education, I thought I’d be there longer.
Oh well. Our son was finishing eighth grade. Ideally, this was the perfect time to move. The best time to move a teenager is before they start high school.
Tomorrow isn’t promised. Last year several family members died. Four years from now could look different and the opportunity to make the move may not exist. Life is too short to delay distinct opportunities.
All of the energy, God’s voice, the whispers, and the signs said to move. So we did. 🙂
Now here’s where you really need to pay attention.
“They” fall into the category of naysayers, haters, frienemies, jealous types, etc… they started throwing questions and negative comments at me. “Can you afford to retire?” “How old are you?” “Are you old enough to retire and collect?” “Where will you find a job?” “Do you know what you’re doing?” “You’re leaving a good paying job.” “They don’t pay well down south!”
OMG!! The dumb shit that people say to you when you’re doing what they wish they had the courage to do is amazing!!!
Only YOU know what is best for YOU. Don’t allow people who don’t have your best interest at heart to dissuade you from making important life decisions.
All the cliche sounding quotes about change and fear are true. And there are many….
For me, this move was about shifting to a slower gear and to simplify my life.
This process of moving to a new state has taught me to continue to trust in myself, trust my husband, and more importantly, trust in God, for he has the master plan and he knows best.
If you do not believe in God, it’s okay, I don’t judge. 🙂 There is energy in our universe. If you listen to the whispers in your ear or the voices in your head they will guide you to precisely where you are supposed to be.
The ancient proverb that things happen for a reason is true. At 52 years-old, I have dozens of personal stories to prove this doctrine.
Move forward with flexibility and be open to change. A future post will provide helpful moving tips… stay tuned.
“Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.” (AMP) –Proverbs 19:20
My move hasn’t gone 100% as planned but it has come pretty darn close to it as possible. The other day I was asked, how am I adjusting.
I feel at home. I’m living in a new home with a new zeal, which was intentional.
I didn’t want to try and recreate my Jersey Shore vibe in the Peach state. Instead, I’m starting with a clean slate and with amenity. None knows me and I love it!
The Cherry Blossom and Crape Myrtle trees are plentiful.
The southern hospitality is a refreshing change.
Many of the same stores are here but I do miss Wawa.
I no longer have a rigid schedule and wake up without an alarm clock.
It’s hot as hell and I love it! I despise the cold and had to tolerate it for nearly 52 years.
My 14-year-old is wearing the biggest damn smile that I’ve seen in a long time.
Life is good. I am overflowing with gratitude because I am fabulously blessed.
Most days, I say, “pinch me!” I’m loving life!!
What’s next? To enjoy each day, to give back to the community, and to allow God’s wisdom to guide me in this next chapter.
Smooches and thanks for stopping by!
Have a fabulous day! 🙂