Bonjour! Hi!

First of all, I can not believe that it’s been more than 2 months since our last post. Time has totally gotten away from us. Whoever thought 2 moves back to back was a good idea was… WRONG! I totally under estimated what all would be involved. Needless to say we finally made it.

Right after we moved to the beach (I’m talking days later) Will headed to corporate housing in Montreal. Leaving ME with 3 dogs, our son (who was home from the summer from college), and a lot of boxes! Now, I’ve got to give will some credit, he did end up coming back to the beach twice to help me! Thank goodness! Needless to say we got EVERYTHING unpacked. We did end up purging a bit, tons of items we sold via garage sales, Offer Up, and Let go, and we also dropped off a ton at GoodWill.

Our son went back to school in mid August, giving me exactly one week to get everything completed before heading up to Montreal. Honestly, we finished packing for our final move right up to the last few hours before our departure. We already have plans to head back to the beach several times before the end of the year, mainly so we’re able to enjoy it!

Now I’m not sure if your familiar with Montreal; but English is not the first language. Which means we’ve got some French to learn. Every where we go, we are greeted with “Bonjour! Hi”, especially when we visit all those cute little boutiques. I’m pretty sure it’s more of a question than anything, as its a way to determine if you are a French or English speaker.

When we were shopping for a place to rent, as you might remember, I was only able to view these properties via FaceTime. Needless to say, Will did a great job picking a place for us to call home for the next few years. Although its more space then we truly wanted, it was the only place that we could find that would allow both of our dogs.

We’ve already start exploring the area and are excited to continue to share this journey.
In addition, I’m excited to start telling you about my other new adventure; WORK!




Enjoying the Process

As we started this whole process, we encouraged one another to “Enjoy the Process!” Most of the time we have been able to but of course, there have been times that we’ve just been so focused on the destination that the enjoyment has been a struggle. All in all I think we had a good balance.

When we started this journey several people offered so much advise. Thanks to you all! It honestly helped! There were times, just before the move, that we would chat about how we couldn’t wait until we could enjoy the view at the beach. All the while we were sitting out by our pool with a beautiful view. One of us would gently remind the other that we have to embrace exactly where we are. Using the 5 senses made it easy to bring it back to the present moment. On our walks we focused more on our surroundings so we could fully enjoy the Blue Jays and the Cardinals; there were so many. We cooked dinner together in the kitchen and talked about all the family events & get togethers we had experienced in our home. I vividly remember one day take a nap thinking how it would be to walk up to an ocean view. I quickly reminded myself that I wasn’t there yet and didn’t want to get to the beach and realize I hadn’t enjoyed our final days in this home. So we enjoyed it up until the very last minute.

As we left our home of 10 years, I expected that we would all 3 experience a little sadness. But we didn’t as much as I expected! I think this is because we fully enjoyed it and completely knew it was time to let go. Not always an easy process.

So then we got to the beach! Oh My! I know my FaceBook friends were tired of it quickly. But honestly it just couldn’t help myself. It was so beautiful. The view of the sun setting every night. It’s totally different each night and it turned into memories I’ll always treasure; as the 3 of us walk the dogs along the beach. Honestly there were a couple of nights that I had tears in my eyes with pure happiness and delight. We all seem to quickly become just as intentional enjoying every moment. Of course the packing was (and is still) not so enjoyable but we’ve also taking time to enjoy each others company.

For the summer I’ll be unpacking and continuing to minimize; I’m totally using this opportunity to reduce! Such a job but feels freeing.

Here are some pictures at the beach! Can’t wait to share pictures of the place in Canada soon too!


Let’s talk about PACKING Baby!

I just need to tell you, this was extremely difficult to write. It definitely took some courage…The struggles are real!

First of all, we were seriously spoiled during our previous move. As part of our first re-location package (10 years ago) the moving company came in and moved us. When I say they moved us, I mean they did EVERYTHING. This move, NOT SO MUCH! As part of this relocation, we have to move ourselves. Frankly that’s asking a lot, doesn’t everyone know moving is really a big deal. Especially when you’ve lived somewhere for 10 years, and looking back I’m pretty sure we have been doing our part (and then some) to “Keep up with the Jones!” Now my friends, I’m paying for it. Boy do we have a ton of STUFF!

As we prepare to pack, who even knows where to begin. Especially when you are still not clear on when and where you’re actually moving. How do you expect me to be motivated when I don’t even know when we’re leaving. As many of you know, I’m a planner and a Project Manager by trade. But without all the information it’s been a bit of a struggle. In my role as project manager, it wasn’t uncommon to work with little to no information, frankly I always been able to provide creative “work-arounds.” My packing strategy thus far has been to pack as much as I can. But wait now I need something that I just pack, well unpack it and problem solved. Needless to say, I’m working in circles.

What else do you do with this kind of dilemma? Take it to FACEBOOK! My Facebook peeps gave me some great advise, many experts in the art of moving.

Their advise:

  • “Start with your storage areas” – Done!
  • “Keep only what’s necessary, if you find out you need it later borrow from a friend” That would have been a great idea, but instead I went through all the boxes until I finally found my printer.
  • “If you’ve not used something in the last week, pack it” – As soon as I did,  I needed it.
  • “Leave everything behind, and buy all new stuff when you get there” – I kind of like that idea! So tempting!
  • “Make yourself a hospitality kit – just keep out what you’ll use in the next 2 weeks and pack the rest.” – Love that!
  • “Pick one thing and focus on it, you have to prioritize” – totally true!
  • Advise from myself to myself: “Less time on FaceBook!”

Thank you to my experts, most of who are military wives!!!

So Instead, here I am writing a blog post. The good news is that this week I’ve been on a roll. About 10 boxes packed just this week…go me!!!

Thanks again to my moving experts. In full transparency this has been a difficult week. Though I’ve received great advice, and it seems so simple, there is an emotional element that makes all of this a little difficult. It’s through sharing and a great support system that I can continue looking forward.

Speaking of looking forward, we can’t wait for next week’s reveal, will it be more details about beach house or Montreal!? Stay tuned!


House Hunting for The Emerald Project

We’ve got it ALL planned out, a family weekend in Canada! Jordan and I are all set to met Will in Montreal. This will be a multi-purpose, fun filled weekend. Well so we thought!

I mean come on, who would have thought that we should have DOUBLE check Jordan’s passport to make sure it wasn’t expired. Yep! You guessed it! I found out this reality as I was attempting to check us into the flight the night before. Wait what? Yes! As I was checking into the flight the night before. So much for this house hunting and weekend exploring adventure. There is no way to get his passport expedited that quickly. Although you know we tried! I called the corporate number where I was advised YES they could set him up for same day processing of his passport, but there first available slot was for 6/14! We could go to DC have it made on the spot and yes there will be a hefty fee. But wait, why would we do that when we can just go to our local post office and pay $170 to get it expedited and get it back in 7 to 10 days. That’s quicker, RIGTH!? So needless to say, no FAMILY trip! At least not yet!

So yes, you know us we’re an all or nothing kind of family! But after a nights sleep and thinking through this a little more I thought, wait just a minute! We don’t have to go all out. Right? We need to look for a place to live when we do move to Canada. Couldn’t I just meet Will there to check out a few locations and then head back. At least then we could have a better idea of where we wanted to live when we do final move there. So who knew, but Montreal has this “practice” (yes lets call it a practice) that everyone moves on July 1st. So that puts pressure on us to find a place asap since it’s almost June.

So I start texting Will early Friday morning. Yes the morning that I was suppose to already be there. “Hey, Honey!?” I start out knowing this is going to be a sore subject! “I was thinking, we probably shouldn’t have canceled my flight! Maybe I should at least head up to look at houses with you today.” You even notice when your stressed and under extreme pressure that your reasoning just goes out the door?” Yep that happens to the best of us! His reply “Please, don’t tell me your are serious!”

So the arrangements are all re-set. I’ll head up for a quick trip (meaning flying there and back on the same day.) So I’ll work my tail off all day Thursday to get everything ready, so I can head out on this house hunting trip. Oh My!

Look ya’ll, I even dreamed that I missed this flight! So needless to say, I was ON IT! Woke up right at 3:45am! Up and at it! Showered and out the door before the suggested time of 4:30am. Got to the airport and through security with my handy dandy backpack! Easiest security check in history! Got to the gate with 15 minutes to spare!

Quickly they announced that there was an expected 15 minute delay. Which turned into a 3 hour delay. Which meant that I would not be able to make my connection in Washington-Dulles. THANKS UNITED!

But you know, we had said since this whole “adventure” started, if it’s meant to be it will happen. EASILY! So we marked it up as “not meant to be!” During our early morning text messages we came up with the acronym “TTP” = TRUST THE PLAN!

So, I called United got credit for my flight. As I was leaving I had to stop and pay for my parking.  One of the employees was literally dancing in her little booth. I even mentioned to the fell’a that I was paying that the dancing attendant was making the very best of her situation (dancing while she was stuck in that tiny booth for who knows how long!) I want DANCE! Don’t you!

I headed back home, reflecting on the “entertainment” of the morning. So I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason. Now I know all too well, sometimes we don’t even know the reason. But I believe! So I’m taking the hour drive back home and I notice that I’m right behind this 18 wheeler with something written on the back of it. “In God We Trust.” GOD WINK!

Needless to say, we made the best of a tough situation, and we became that annoying couple that hunted for houses via FACE Time! Great save technology!

Kick off to The Emerald Project

So for anyone that knows me… you know I name everything. So we begin…

“The Emerald Project!”

I think that’s appropriate because so much of this “adventure” will begin in May, and the “Emerald” is after all the birth stone for May. (Let’s dig a little deeper into the meaning of the emerald at a later date – that might be interesting.) I only know about the birth stone of May because its always been an important month for me! It’s my birth month! It’s also my Mamma’s birth month, Mother’s Day,  & my anniversary! Generally we celebrate all month! We might as well right?

This year, May has meant SO much more! As we’ve got tons of changes coming our way; including 2 moves (see more detail in the “about me ” section) and as if that’s not enough, it will also be the end of an 18 year corporate job! YES WOW! Hold on tight, right! You ready for this!? I AM!!

It all started when our son (Jordan) graduated high school last year and went away to college (#BBN). We’ve always been open to the possibility of relocation.  That kind of just what you do in the business we’re in! We moved to the Virginia area 10 years ago (yes time flies when your having fun) expecting to only be here for 2 years.  The market crashed, my husbands company was bought out and 10 years later here we are. Now, that sounds worse than it was, the reality was that it actually worked out pretty well for us. We’re so thankful for the friendships and experiences we’ve been honored to have here, which were only possible by the extra time spend in the Greater Hampton Roads area.

As soon as Jordan graduated that meant that YES we were officially relocatable – RIGHT!?

In the meantime we decided down sizing and moving closer to the beach was a great start. Then quickly came the call… (while I was away visiting Jordan in Kentucky. Will called and said, “Hey Honey!? We are relocatable now, right?” I respond, “Sure Honey! Where are you thinking?” Will’s reply went something like this…. “Are you sitting down? What do you think about Montreal?” I replied “You mean Canada!?”

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Month Two and My Accomplishments

Starting month two on my 2012-2013 Happiness Project. What a perfect opportunity  to start recognizing my weekly accomplishments. I have to admit I got this idea from one of my all time favorite mentors and have always wanted to incorporate in my own life. I’m also glad to say that my Happiness Project “partner” has decided to join me. Great encouragement for us both!

First things first… Starting our Happiness Project in September was a great idea. As I mentioned before September has always been “that dreaded month” for me. This year it had a much different feel. It was… happier!

Last month we focused on “Having more energy”

1.) Go to bed earlier 2.)Exercise more 3.)Simplify (AKA get rid of stuff, or at least get organized)

The truth be known I did go to bed earlier SOME. I started running again, got a membership at a gym closer to home, and even worked out there a time or two already! I’ll continue to keep these 3 goals in mind as we move into month 2.

October will be to “Improve Relationships” – not just with others but also with my self.

1.)  Give more gold stars (even to myself), 2.) Fight right (this one will be a work in progress – still researching but very excited about it) 3.) Give proof of love through signs of affection (did you know people who hug are happier in general?)

Through my Happiness Project – I’ll be sharing my weekly accomplishments! Keeping me honest as much as showing myself some love; not just for my success but also through my failures!

Last weeks accomplishments:

2 sessions in the gym

ran 2 days

walked 2 days

11 mile bike ride

Taught 2 yoga classes

Finished up my Macroeconomics class

Started my Business Law class

showed a little love with a hair cut

two soccer games – which I truly enjoy and makes me a proud mamma

2 hour meditation class

Dinner with my yoga girl – LOL!

Finally… checked out the sand castles at the beach

To everyone who made their way through all that… thanks for your continued support! I also want to encourage everyone to also start their own Happiness Project! Your always welcome to join in at any time! Until next time…


2012 Happiness Project!!

I’ve been considering starting up a new Happiness Project for 2012. I knew it was the right time after getting a text from my good friend today. She was asking me if it was The Happiness Project that I have told her she should read. Yes it is!! So we have decided that we will go through our Happiness Project together. What fun — someone to hold us accountable! I’m truly excited to start another The Happiness Project!! Starting September 2012 running though September 2013. Why September you ask? Because it is by far my most unfavorite (if that’s even a word) month of the year. The most pain in my life has been delivered in September for many years over. Even though this September will be no different in the bearer of bad news. What a perfect time to focus on what bring Happiness into our lives. What will this years Happiness Project bring…