I'm Stephanie, and I just moved 2,000 miles away from my well-paying job in New York City to no job at all in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's been exactly a month since my husband and I packed up our apartment into big metal boxes, shipped it away, and drove ourselves and our German Shepherd five days cross-country to our new Southwest home. While we had been looking to get out of NYC for a while, it's been an adjustment.
"The only thing constant is change." Have you ever heard that? I think it's true.
So you can know me a little better, I'm a total type-A, list-making, probably-more-than-slight control freak. I always like to know what I'm getting myself into. When it came to the chance to pack up our lives and move to Santa Fe, it took me a while to embrace the idea.
I called my mom and told her we were moving (in, oh, FOUR weeks), and I was nervous because I hadn't heard God say, "Move to Santa Fe." But she pointed out all the ways this move was an answer to prayer. We had been longing for community we never found in New York. We wanted new job opportunities. We wanted fresh air and open space...to name a few.
After that conversation, I began to let it sink in that I wasn't the one in control, and I became more excited about the move. This was a chance for me to really lay into the modern Christian card business I run. This was a chance for me to work for myself, pick up some freelance design and editing on the side. This was a chance for me to be home to make my husband dinner when he gets home from work. (We've been married eight years and I've never had that chance.) This was the break we needed.
We've been here about a month now, and as you can imagine, a lot has changed. My husband has a job here that he loves. I get to make him dinner when he comes home from work. There is way more dirt and a lot less concrete here.
Of course it's not always rainbows and unicorns; we still have our rough days. Moving to Santa Fe didn't necessarily fix every problem, and it probably never will. But for now, we're embracing the chance to be somewhere different, to enjoy another part of the planet, and to be thankful to Him for the chance to experience it all.
Thanks to Jordy for letting me take over her blog for a day! If you'd like to learn more about my cards, you can visit my Etsy shop, check out my blog, be my Facebook friend and follow me on Twitter!