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!