A home is more than a home

We are looking at listing our house next week. Typing that, plus packing up boxes into a storage unit, makes this feel very real.

I know I’ll miss friends. We’ve made just a few here, but they will be missed. I’ve found a new love of food, especially the smoked meat varietals. Texas knows meat, especially brisket. I’ve found a new love for beer. Austin can brew. I’ve learned to appreciate the hill country and it’s arid, green-dappled landscapes. I’ve learned what it’s like to be a proud Texan and love Texas. There’s a pride going on here that people make fun of sometimes, but only because they don’t understand it. I’ll always remember that.  Continue reading “A home is more than a home”

Courage

I have this feeling that there’s going to be a lot of change in 2016. I have a lot of training to go through, certifications to attain, and we may possibly be moving to another state.

Change is curious to me. I can handle change at work just fine, but change in the home life is stressful. Fear overtakes me and every worst case scenario comes crashing down.

I don’t do resolutions, but I do want to change the way approach….change.

Instead of intense fear of something unknown, I want to change it into excitement for something new.

Instead of thinking about everything that could go wrong, I want to think about what could go right.

Instead of cowering and feeling timid, I want to reach out with courage.

Maybe it’s naive to think this way, but sitting in the dark puddle of cynicism and self-doubt doesn’t really come with any benefits, so why not try the high road for once?

courage

Choose what you focus on

Yesterday didn’t go as planned. A lot of things happened, and there are a lot of things that I could focus on, if I choose to focus on any of it at all.

First off, I had to drive almost two hours south to take a test that would take approximately one hour. Not the greatest thing to have to do first thing in the morning on a Monday. The test was early so I left at 5:30am to give myself extra time, which was good because on my way there, the car died twice. Not helpful when I’m trying to stay calm on test day (I don’t do well with tests -lots of anxiety). I finally get to the test center, took the test (pass – woo!!) and headed straight to the dealership to drop the car off. I got to the service station and they told me they can’t get to it til Wednesday (UGH), BUT they have a loaner for me (phew), so they drove me to the rental facility. The rental wasn’t ready yet, so I had some time to kill, so I walked over to a cafe and got some crepes.

When you think about it, I could focus on the fact that my car died multiple times and is in the shop, that I had to spend more time than I’d planned out of work, that I spent more time at a dealership than at a testing facility, that I wasn’t able to get some accounting work done because I had to run my car to the shop, and that Monday overall was just a big mess.

Or I could focus on the good. I passed my test, which was the most important thing I was focusing on. It’s done, out of the way, and I’m happy about that. The people at the dealership were great in helping me almost instantly, got me a loaner, which is wonderful, got a ride over to the rental facility, and even called to make sure that I got over to the rental facility just fine. I had some awesome crepes while waiting for my rental. They were thin and smooth, with strawberries, walnuts and a sweet creme sauce on top. I have a flexible job that lets me work at home, so I still got a lot of work done.

How we approach the day and look back on events can really effect your reflection of the past and your future outlook as well. Remember to try to focus on the good. It definitely doesn’t always come first or naturally, but it’s worth the effort.

Focus on the good