WHEN THINGS CHANGE
February 11, 2017
Pretty soon things in my life will be completely different. Where I live, where I work, the people I will interact with on a daily basis will be completely different. The last time things significantly changed for me was in 2010. I feel that year was a culmination of everything you could possibly experience in one year. I started a new job, graduated from college, broke up with a longtime boyfriend, started a new relationship, got engaged, my sister got engaged, got married, my sister moved to another state, I lived with a man for the first time, learned about married life and being a wife. Everything! Not to mention during that time I experienced so much backlash from my friends about my decisions. No one was really supportive, but I moved forward anyway. I did everything in the midst of no support, and I have to tell you it was extremely hard. While what I was experiencing was essentially positive, the effects were quite negative. This is when my anxiety really began, so when things start to change, even a little bit, I experience anxiety.
This time things are truly changing for the better and on a good note. I am moving to an unknown town, but thankfully I will have an awesome roommate and my living situation couldn’t be more perfect. Things with my living situation went from okay to good to great in about a span of a week. Initially, I was going to live in a basement apartment in a house in East Nashville. The house was okay, and the price was okay, but I still felt apprehensive about who would be living above me. A house is very different from an apartment. Houses really aren’t built for privacy, especially post World War II houses. I knew that privacy and noise would be an issue, but I didn’t have much time to make a decision, so I moved forward while looking at other options. I started to ask around and research good neighborhoods.
While Nashville has boomed in the last 5 years, there are still some spotty neighborhoods that haven’t quite turned their corner yet. I started looking at the Bellevue area, and realized that it may be a good place for me. I found an awesome apartment complex with a 1 bedroom available and newly renovated. On the property there are 3 lakes, 3 pools, fitness center, outdoor lounge, 4 mile walking trail, not to mention monthly social events. I thought it was perfect, until I saw the price. I tried to budget and figure out how it could work, but I still came up short. I thought surely this had to be the best decision because I was moving in less than 2 weeks!
Shortly after I received a Facebook message from a girl who had seen me post on the Rooms for Rent Facebook page. She asked if I was still looking for a place and was wondering if I would be interested in being her roommate in a 3 bedroom/2.5 bath house in Bellevue. We talked and realized we had mutual friends and she even had connections at my current job. Our values, lifestyle, and availability kind of matched up, so now I am living with 2 other women, for less than $700 a month (including utilities). Now, in Nashville, that is a GOOD DEAL! I move next week into her condo temporarily while the house is being painted and then the following weekend is moving day (for real)! My dad is being gracious enough to move my stuff into storage in Nashville while we wait for the house to get ready.
I hope things go well and smoothly during this move. There will be a lot of adjusting, but I feel stronger and more capable of dealing with such big changes. The good part is is that I won’t be alone and I will be able to have good women around me. Being a Christian is sometimes difficult, but it helps when you have people around you with the same faith and beliefs. I am so blessed by how God has worked this out. I honestly couldn’t have dreamed it up any better.
If you pray, please do so for me this week. This week will be my last week at my job, and I have been there for a little over 7 years. Also, please pray for the move that everything goes smoothly and all of us mesh well together. Send good vibes this way! 💕