The Journey Begins

Several paths lead to this journey. Not one path has been more significant than the other, but they have all lead to this desire to document and record this journey. Today, I would like to share one of these instances with whoever decides to read this because as Izaak Walton remind us that good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.

My husband came home from work one day and said that the life we were living was not the one he wanted. He did not want to miss birthdays and holidays. He wanted to be there for our kid’s first steps and their first soccer game. It was then that we decided him leaving the active component of the military was in the best interest of our family. This decision did not come lightly, and it was full of the unknowns. The only thing that we knew is that we were selling our house, moving across the country, and going to school to pursue a passion.

The fear of the unknown and not knowing what the future would hold left me in a panic. I began saving everything. I stocked up on everything from makeup and medicine to glitter (yes, seriously) and clothes. It became an obsession.

It was not until December of 2016 did I realize how out of control this obsession had become.

For Christmas on this particular year, we decided to give a gift of experience. A week of relaxation was in order and what better way to relax than a cruise. I eagerly loaded my Kindle with several books, as I had not read something of my choosing since starting school, and boarded a ship with zero intentions.

Little did I know, three of those books would forever change my perspective on life. If you are looking to improve your attitude and inject just a spark of hope into your daily routine, I highly recommend The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by By Marie “KonMarie” Kondo, The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay, and last but certainly not least (I’m Failing At) This Thing Called Home: One Busy Mom’s Thoughts on Changing the Narrative, Embracing Possibilities and Remaking Home by Brooke Sailer.

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