We were blessed to be able to travel back home to our great State of WI last week to visit family on both sides for Thanksgiving. Before we had left, we talked about how much we missed them and what would it be like if we ever wanted to return some day. Then we opened the car door in Indiana and nearly screamed at the cold that hit our bodies…
Perspective is a beautiful thing and something that I have found with such clarity over the past couple of weeks that it almost scares me how happy I am. What was different? Well, I was staying offline. I love connecting with my friends and family via Facebook and such, but after awhile I miss the real connections of people in front of me and so I chose to take a break and reach out to others here in town. I love a good phone call with someone, so I have been following up with old friendships to check in and stay connected with them. Making time for others, and letting them know you want to spend time with them, is precious when we never know the hours or seconds we have left on this Earth.
I found a Church that I absolutely LOVE and got plugged into their Christmas program “The Singing Christmas Trees” which starts tonight! Being among others of all ages, backgrounds, and them not having a clue of who I was or the blog was and is refreshing. I am proud of the blog, but it is nice to just be Amy the second soprano in Choir and not of The Relocated Tourist. Plus there has been ZERO drama, none! How refreshing for my soul, and my sanity, to go to Church, get hugs from all of my new friends, and know that we are all of one belief and of one faith. We are all there for the same purpose, to witness to those who may not know Christ, and the utter joy and peace that brings to my heart is something I wish EVERYONE to experience in their lifetime.
I want my life to mean something, I want to have touched someone’s life in a way that no one else could. I am proud that the blog has inspired people and helped them to achieve their dreams, but I am going for something bigger now. I haven’t figured out what yet, but I have some ideas in mind. Being in Church and involved in something that is going to touch so many lives in the up and coming days puts me in a category of wanting nothing but the best for myself and my loved ones. I am so “over” caring about what others think of me because in the end, you don’t matter. When I stand before Christ himself, it will matter what HE thinks of me and no one else. Maybe it’s the peace and happiness I have been feeling lately, but that’s exactly how I feel. I love my blog, and I love writing. If you don’t like what I write or how I write it or when I wrote it, then don’t read it. I have learned life is WAAAAAAAY to short to care if someone likes you or not. I didn’t get into writing to compete with others, nor did I do it for a popularity contest- and sadly that’s what online has become. I did it to share stories of how OUR relocation went and how you could avoid or do the same things we did to help you when it came to be your turn.
I’m going to continue to write, and I am going to continue to enjoy the dream of living in Florida. After being in colder areas last week, I had started to take the warm weather for granted, yeah, not so much anymore. I couldn’t wait to get back into my shorts, sandals, and go to the store without seven layers on again. It was a beautiful time spent with family that was seriously one of the best weeks I have had in awhile, but it also made me appreciate the dream even more here. I know they are there and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon…and that they are always there for me. But I have come to grips with reality that they aren’t here, and because of that, Florida will never truly ever be complete for any of us. I don’t know if we will ever move back or not, but while I am here, I will enjoy everything Florida has to offer. I look forward to being a published Author and a Half-Marathon Finisher next year, and that’s just the beginning. Something has changed in me that I can’t even begin to explain but to say what bothered me before can’t even touch me anymore. Don’t worry, I still love my Disney, and I will still go to the Parks…but that “have to” is long gone. I will go when I feel like it, I will go when I want too, and I will explore more of FL and LIVE the life that I have been blessed with.
My head is clear, I am on fire, and I’m truly happy…. and THAT is the power of Christ in me.
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