Another New Beginning

caterpillar into butterflyI know it’s been a long time since I’ve connected with you, but today I’m in the mood, so I will catch you up on what’s going on in my life, and tell you about a couple of significant events.

August 1st is my 65th birthday, and on that milestone, I would like to make the announcement that I’m moving back to Southern Oregon next month. It was a decision that took me awhile to settle upon, but now I’m getting very excited about going back “home”. Southern Oregon is where my roots are. I was born and raised there, and I have lived other places for periods of time, but something keeps calling me back to the Rogue Valley and surrounding areas.

Turning 65… well, as you might figure, I’ve been working up to that for a long time. There birthdays are good for youMaxine on aginghave been a lot of twists and turns in the path my life has taken; some that took me to great heights of joy, and others that led me into places I’d rather not revisit. But overall, it’s been a good ride, and it has served to shape me into the interesting character I am today. Don’t worry, I’m not even close to being done with this adventure, I’ve got many more roads to travel yet!

happymovingday-AnnieAs you can imagine, the least exciting part of the next few weeks for me is the moving process itself. I’ve actually been sorting and packing stuff for the entire month of July. It never gets easier. It’s often discouraging and painful, both in physical and emotional ways. But I don’t have to describe it further, because if you moved from one place to another even once in your lifetime, you’ve already got an idea how it is. It’s just something that has to be done, and then you get over it.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you might’ve seen some of the ups and downs I’ve had over these last several months, though, of course, there’s also a lot you haven’t seen, because I haven’t even written a blog post since March 29th. I’m looking forward to being in a better place emotionally to write a regular blog once I’m settled back home. I really admire my friend, Ione, who publishes a weekly blog. That’s my goal, to write a weekly blog. She is my inspiration and example. Click on this banner to find her blog.Iones Banner - over the miles

I was reading my last blog post, about being responsible for my own happiness, (http://anniestruffles.com/2015/03/29/who-is-responsible-for-this/), and I was inspired again by the things I wrote. It reminded me that as we are growing and reawakening to who we really are, there are times we forget some of the wonderful things we learn along the way, until the time is right for us to remember them again, and then we recognize how much we are already changed by them. I confess that it has taken me a very long time to finally understand this process. That at the time of discovery, or when something is revealed, it’s not yet a part of us, not completely. It takes time to work it in, to let it modify our current beliefs, basically, just to let it sink in… and then it is a part of us forever; or until growth or “the next logical step” causes it to be modified. I can relate to it being like stepping stones or stairs, one leads to another, and so we grow!

I am feelingletting go - moving on the excitement that accompanies new beginnings, and even with all the effort it takes, I know that it will be well worth it. I am ready to take the next new stepping stone in my path, knowing there will be one to follow, and then another, and another, and so on. Do you have any ‘new beginnings’ experiences to share? Please write about them below (Speak Your Mind).

Happiness to you, and may your travels along life’s paths bring you the rewards you so richly deserve. Love Annie (aka Tricia)

Comments

  1. New directions can be scary, tiring, and exciting all at once. You inspire me girlfriend! It takes courage and fortitude to step out. Leap and the net will appear! You have such great faith and I love the idea of having you back in S. Oregon. Keep writing. I love your blog!

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