Looking Ahead With Lauren: Moving On

moving-dayChange is always an exciting and scary thing. One second you may be feeling excited, happy and anxious for the change and the next you panic. My upcoming change is that I will be moving out of my parent’s house into an apartment nearby with a friend. While I briefly lived in an apartment away from home during my college years, this will be the first time I am moving out with the real possibility of never moving back with my parents (let’s hope haha!).

There’s always fear in every change. Recently I saw a quote that said, “If we wait until we’re ready, we will be waiting the rest of our lives.” I think that is very true of big decisions. If you wait, you’ll keep thinking of reasons to stay just where you are. There’s always going to be fear for me: that money will be too tight, I won’t be safe or feel safe, my roommate and I won’t get along, etc.

Yet sometimes life is about facing your fears. It will be about learning to budget  my money, being more aware of my surroundings and learning to diffuse any arguments or hurt feelings. It will be about learning to be more independent, facing my anxieties on my own and making more decisions for myself. I think I already do pretty well with all of those things, but it will be even more challenging without my parents in the room next to mine.

So like any big changes in life, I am taking it one step at a time. I know there will be tough days, but I know I can face them. I choose to look at the positives: more independence, getting closer with a friend and getting to decorate my own place.

What do you do when faced with big life decisions? Any moving tips?

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  1. Lauren: Hugs, good luck. This is a great thing for you: I lived with my parents until the day of my wedding, and I truly believe we all need to set sail on our own for a bit! Aye?

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