Faith, Family, lifestyle, Personal Goals

Looking on the Bright Side

It is close to 80 degrees in my apartment right now. I have been packing boxes for days, and I am covered in sweat. Jackson hasn’t been sleeping well, and quite frankly, neither have I. Jon and I are moving in one day, and we still have so much to do, and not a lot of movers to help us do it. All in all, I am so stressed that I have a constant stomach ache, and insomnia.

I could really go on and on about the stresses of my life currently. I could choose to complain about my circumstances, or about moving, or about having to pack everything in a matter of days.

…Or I could choose to look at the bright side of things! Looking at the bright side has always been a challenge for me. For example, yesterday while I was getting my hair done, my husband informed me that at the doctors office, they drew Jackson’s blood. I totally freaked out, thinking something was wrong and they had to run tests or something. It turns out that it is a perfectly normal thing for doctors to do for a baby’s twelve month check up. I also over react, like a lot. Jon could probably vouch for that.

Nonetheless, I choose to stay as positive as is possible right now. I choose to look at all the good that is coming from this move.

1. I get to move in with my Mother-In-Law for two weeks.

Most people would cringe at the thought of moving in with their mother-in-law and father-in-law. However, I got really lucky when it comes to in-laws. My in-law’s are very kind people. They are great with Jackson, and helpful in every sense of the word. They are not only allowing us to rent one of their apartments, but they are also letting us live in their basement for two weeks while we wait for our apartment to be move in ready.

2. We get to be closer to our families!

Jackson has spent his first year four hours away from his grandparents. Jon and I both grew up extremely close to our grandparents, so we are excited to give Jackson the opportunity to have a similar relationship with his grandparents. It will also be nice to have my mom and dad thirty minutes away.

3. We will be living in a much bigger space 

I am sure at one point or another, everyone has lived in a fairly small space. Out current apartment is about 750 square feet. The new place is something like 1300 square feet. It also has storage! The apartment we are in now doesn’t really have much space for storage, a pantry, or a washer and dryer. These are all things the new place has!

4. Jon will be able to finish his schooling

Moving means Jon can finally finish his schooling. He has changed his major several times, so I don’t plan on sharing that information until it is more solidified. I can say, however, that Jon is very excited about his new path. And I am excited for him!

5. Moving gives Jon and I the opportunity to de-junk.

Jon and I have been married for almost two years, and in those years, we have slowly gathered up a lot of junk. Junk that we don’t need, don’t want, or can’t use. Combine that junk with the junk we had before we got married, and it is safe to say we have a lot. Packing up and moving gives Jon and I a great opportunity you de-clutter, and get rid of the things we don’t need. Just the other day I went through my closet and was able to get rid of so much! Jon was able to go through his T-shirts as well.

6. We will have a back yard!

I don’t know who is more excited for the back yard: me, Jon, or the dog. Our dog has been cooped up in an apartment since he was tiny. He loves going to my mom’s house because it gives him the opportunity to run around the back yard and play and stretch out.

7. A garage! 

No more parking lot parking for us! No more scraping off the car in the winter! Woot! It will also be great to have storage space out there.

8. Babysitters!

Since we will be living closer to our families, Jackson will have both of his grandparents to help watch him while Jon and I go in a date, or to the temple.

9. Closer to old friends.

One of the biggest things that I am excited about, is getting to reconnect with friends I left when we moved last time. I haven’t seen my friend Alyssa in ages, and I can’t wait to see her! We have been friends since High school! And Jon will also be much closer to all of his friends!

10. I have a Job!

One of the great things about moving is we don’t  have to do a huge Jobs search! I was able to contact my former employer, and I start next week!

11. Our families are incredible!

We are lucky enough to have my parents and brother come and help us load up the truck. It was a huge blessing, because some of our other help ended up canceling last minute. Thanks to Jon, my dad and Steven, and some helo from incredible neighbors, the truck is loaded! My sister and her husband also came from Logan and helped us clean a bit, and helped out by driving our second car for us! That took one big responsibility off of our shoulders, and for that we are so grateful!

I said before, and I will say it again, it is hard for me to look on the bright side of things. But it is something that I am really, really working on. Life is SO good, and this move is going to be great!

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