I believe it was Henry David Thoreau who quoted, “Simplify, simplify.” One of my favorite t-shirts has this quote on it.
I’ve always felt that our little family of four does a pretty darn good job of living a simple life. Little did I know that it was about to get a whole lot simpler, and more difficult, at the same time.
You see, over 14 years ago, my husband and I moved to this tiny little mountain town in southwestern Pennsylvania for the opportunity of promising careers, being close to family and getting out of the chaos of city life which never really suited me, in particular.
In the span of these years, we have seen the birth of our two sons, the crumbling and rebuilding of a marriage, amazing professional experiences. We’ve redefined ourselves, built a “tribe”, learned some hard lessons….
In other words, we’ve lived a great life.
On June 2, 2015, we got the news that we knew would come one day… my husband’s job was eliminated. Although we were unprepared for the upheaval, we were not surprised. This may not make sense to you, but he works in a tough industry, and change is inevitable.
We’ve talked for years about what we would do when this day came. And the answer has always been, “we’ll sell everything and go west.”
You see, this is where everything gets simpler and more complicated at the same time. Simple in the fact of downsizing, clearing clutter, getting organized. More complicated in the emotions, change, fear, uncertainty, and leaving this place and the people we have loved for so long.
In the span of the last three weeks, we’ve had a huge moving sale, packed up the house, and moved everything we own into a 10’x15′ storage unit. I’ve also laughed, cried, questioned our sanity, came close to being physically ill about the entire situation, and set up our forwarding address…