Greetings from Tanzania, East Africa!
This is the big project I mentioned a while back, packing up our home in Atlanta and getting relocated here in the beautiful Arusha area of Northern Tanzania. We are now here surrounded by mountains and unbelievable beauty and wonderful people. We're getting settled in.
And WOW! Is this ever a big project!
It's been real hard. We’ve had to say goodbye to friends and family with no real idea when we will see them again. We’ve had to let go of so many belongings that we've had for decades. Things that have sentimental value. So many times we’ve said, "But I've had this forever! I might need this someday." We started a pile of things to take with us. The pile grew, and grew. By the time we were ready to start packing we realized we still had too much stuff. The song Bag Lady by Erykah Badu kept running through my head.
"Bag Lady, you gone miss your bus.
You can't hurry up
Cause you got too much stuff"
Some days it seemed we would never finish purging and packing. It took longer than planned. It took the help of many people. It was one of the most stressful things we've ever been through. As the deadline for leaving got closer we had many waves of anxiety. We couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. Would we be EVER be done?!? Did we forget something important?
There was so much to learn, so much to do, so much to consider. My brain was foggy and overwhelmed. We ended up having to delay our departure by a week.
Through it all we kept our eyes on the prize. We accepted the hard times as a necessary part of the change, not a reason to stop. We imagined our new life. We talked about what it might be like. We kept researching and learning about living in the Motherland. We talked to others who had already made the change. We trusted the process and kept moving forward one step at a time.
We knew we MUST do this. We would not be deterred!
Here we are on the other side of this momentous change. We're learning, growing, relaxing and discovering a new way of living. We've had to suspend our expectations and be willing to see things in a new way. In time we will establish a new routine. A new normal.
It was hard. Real hard. But through it all we knew where we wanted to get to. We pushed through. And we are here!
Making any big change is like that.
When you're making big lifestyle changes, like changing how you eat, you have to let go in order to allow the new to come in.
You have to be ok with stepping forward into the unknown. Yes, have a vision of where you want to get to. But know that the road to getting there may take you to unexpected places.
You have to be willing to push through the hard times, the struggle, the fear. With each struggle and challenge you will develop the skills you need to succeed.
You have to keep learning and keep growing. To stay open to new possibilities and ways of thinking and doing. What seems strange and impossible now may someday become your new normal.
Some folks will be there with you to help. Others will try to convince you you're crazy. It’s important to be in contact with folks who share your vision and can support your journey. They will affirm your commitment to your big change.
It will be hard.
But you can do this! I know you can. Keep your focus on where you are going. Never give up!
Can you relate? What are you pushing through as you move towards the lifestyle you desire? What changes are you making? Who is there to help and who is not? What are you doing to help you learn what you need to know? What are you doing to make sure you make it to the other side? Leave a comment, or email me and let me know!