Hello, my friends.
Today is July 27th. July 27th!! How in the world have we found ourselves at the end of July? I have to say, July is probably my favorite month. It’s SO hot, but it’s SO summertime.
If you read my post on Friday you saw that I am moving. We aren’t moving too far away. We are moving to Columbia, SC, which is about an hour away from Rock Hill, SC, where we are now.
Breakfast: single serving oat pancake (1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup egg whites, pinch baking powder, spoonful of Greek yogurt) with almond butter and microwaved blueberries. Consumed with lots of coffee followed with watermelon.
We won’t be totally blinded by a new town. Where we are moving is closer to our family and where we grew up. Two years of my undergrad career were spent on the other side of Columbia.
However, I am different than I was when I lived there before. I’m still the same me, but I feel like an actual adult now. I’m moving back with my husband and our dog. I am moving back “home”, but it still feels like a new chapter and I don’t expect things to be as they were before I moved to Rock Hill.
Lunch at Chili’s with friends: salsa / guac and chips shared with the table and a grilled chicken salad with black bean corn salad, cheese, tomatoes, and honey lime vinaigrette.
Why are we moving? It’s a bit of a funny story. In January, after some staff changes at our church, Terry (who’s a youth pastor) faced some uncertainty about his job. We prayed for God’s will, but both wishfully hoped we would be able to stay in Rock Hill. We also hoped my dietetic internship would be in Rock Hill, so I wouldn’t have to travel much. In May, we learned that I was being placed in Columbia and would likely have to commute a total of two hours everyday. We knew it would be hard, but I was so excited for this particular experience, so I didn’t let myself worry over it.
Terry let me steal a few bites of his molten lava cake! 😛
And then in early July, Terry was offered a job in Columbia as a youth pastor. At first, Terry was not sold on the idea and didn’t want to leave his job here. However, one morning Terry woke up and felt a large sense of peace about the whole situation. He just knew that God was calling him to the church in Columbia. As Terry said, God opened a door for us and we had to step through it.
Post work-out and grocery shopping snack: chocolate Halo Top with a spoonful of Cool Whip. PS: I really hoped I wouldn’t love this stuff (it’s $$)… but it is really good. It taste like frozen chocolate pudding! I had what was leftover from the night before.
My feelings about the move are rather bittersweet. I’ve made some AMAZING friends here. I really think the girlfriends I made in grad school will be some of my ‘forever friends.’ The people at our church have become like family. The teens like our ‘children.’ It’s going to be so hard to say goodbye. Yet, I am one of the rare souls that likes change. Excited change, at least. A new adventure. A new home for use to get used to. New roads to run down. New coffee shops to sit in.
Dinner with friends while continue our Harry Potter marathon: Two chicken enchiladas with lots of iceberg lettuce (a requirement for Mexican food IMO), two types of salsa, sour cream, and guac. I made bean enchiladas for my veg friends. The leftovers told me those were delicious too! (A few hours later I had a spoonful of peanut butter to take with medicine!)
I have dreams that this move will help me re-focus, maybe even become a little more organized. While I don’t expect to become a new person, I do have goals I’d like to see myself carry out. I am viewing this move as an opportunity to grow in every area of my life. It’s rather exciting.
I’m eager to blog through this experience. I know it’ll be fun to look back on months after I am settled in. I also realize that I’m about to start nine months of hard work and stressful experiences with my internship. There are lots of changes happening for me. I’m planning to enjoy the experience.
Do you have any advice from your own moving experience?
Ever it Mexican (or Tex-Mex) more than once in a day?