Moving Perk #1
You get the chance to de-clutter and get all the extra junk out of your house. We moved 4 days after Christmas and while it wasn't the ideal time to move in Ohio, we were able to purge our home of items that we didn't need or didn't use. I found things I didn't even know we had in our kitchen cabinets. Clothes that we wouldn't be needing in Texas were donated to Goodwill. All in all, 4 boxes of "extra" stuff left our house to be donated and shared with family and friends.
Moving Perk #2
New place, new lessons. I love Ohio but prior to moving, it was all my husband and I ever knew. Having been born and raised in Ohio, we hadn't had the opportunity to experience a ton of cultural. Moving to Texas opened our hearts, eyes and minds in so many ways. For the first time ever, I meet a Mormon and was taught first hand about their religion and way of life. We meet folks from all over the country; Austin is the melting pot of Texas. We were given access to new foods that aren't available in our home state.
Moving Perk #3
Moving away from family and friends allowed us to create new friendships. When we moved to ATX, we knew a handful of folks from my husband's work. If we wanted a social life, we would have to make new friends. Between coworkers and girls in my Mom group, James and I cultivated friendships that will continue to grow and be important to us regardless of our zip code. Moving forced us to open up and create bonds with folks who weren't lifelong friends.
Moving Perk #4
You get the chance at a fresh start. Between a new home, friends and job, moving allows you the chance to have a fresh start in life. I met a ton of folks in Texas that moved there to experience something new. I love this way of thinking! Life is short so why not try something different. We were in Texas 2 years before moving back home and while I missed home like crazy, being a Texan for 2 years was such a wonderful adventure.
Moving Perk #5
Successfully completing the challenge of a move. Regardless if you are moving 2 cities away or 2,000 miles, moving is tough. It takes a bit of finesse and a lot of hope that things will go smoothly, that you'll still been in your right mind when all is said and done. Regardless of how big of a move you undertaking, there is always a sense of "We survived!" when the move is over. Knowing that you took the challenge of moving and survived to tell about it is always a great feelings.
So Courtney, Michael and Chickie, welcome to the North! Welcome to being just 4 hours away from us. As a total Yankee, I welcome you with open arms and a class or two of Shiraz.