It's been two weeks since we've moved out of our home in Oregon. I admit, there has been some stress involved with the last two weeks. Some tears, uncertainty, a bit of fear, but overall, a big bag of excitement and confidence in the good things to come. And then, with making the decision to stop training and let go of the certainty of even running Boston, came such a sense of freedom and peace. After making that decision, other things just started falling into place quickly. That's usually when I know that I've made the right choice! Or chosen the right selection of puzzle pieces that then unlock an entirely new section of puzzle.
Now here we are on day 9 of being in Asheville, NC and day 16 of being out of our home in Oregon and the I can see the puzzle starting to take such a recognizable form. It's a tangible excitement. With each new piece, more and more stress and uncertainty fades away and a beautiful vision comes into view.
Today we will see a house that I'm thinking might be the one. It's been a hard decision and a CRAZY rental market out here. If we had planned to be here longer (which we might not be able to leave after loving it so much), we'd just buy a house but renting is a good start. You really have to be ON THE BALL when a house comes up that you love. The good ones go FAST! We now have two really great homes to choose from. Having two great choices to decide between is a good "dilemma" to have. One is in town and walking distance to everything in the small town and the other is a little further out in the country with a deck and incredible views. Either way, we've decided on the small town we will live in that is only a short drive from vibrant downtown Asheville. We are excited and in love.
I love the feeling that comes from seeing the big picture come into view. Thankful for this new puzzle to put together. It is energizing and I'm loving the challenge it brings.
Some goals and "to-dos":
- Register kids for school
- Sign on the house so its official
- Continue to make wise food choices and get my iron levels up
- Find a doctor in the area.... A sports doc AND a family practice doc
- Continue to be active and find ways to workout that don't involve running
- Be PRESENT with my kids. Now that things are falling into place with finding a home, I have less reason to be on this computer and MORE reason to just relax and enjoy my time with them. Engage with them, have present conversations with them without being distracted, etc. etc. I DO NOT want my kids to just remember me as always being on my phone and computer like I have been lately with getting things settled here in Asheville. And once I get in the habit of being my computer and phone for important reasons, it becomes a bad habit and I tend to be on there too much for reasons that ARE NOT IMPORTANT. I need to work on this. And I will. As with anything we want to accomplish, it takes being CONSCIOUS about this.
- The opportunity to travel and move to a new place
- The Boston Marathon in less than two weeks! Whether I run or not, my husband and I will enjoy a trip to one of my favorite cities that is filled with AMAZING energy on marathon weekend.
- Getting to see some of my dearest friends in Boston.
- A mother-in-law who is eager and willing to be here with the kids...flying all the way from Oregon and using her vacation time from work.
- The freedom that has come from listening to my body and giving it REST
- Sunshine, creeks, forests, blue sky
- The puzzle coming together as it always does if we keep putting pieces together even when it gets tricky and tedious. It is always worth it at the end of each puzzle to see everything fall into place.