...that contentment is a state of the heart, unaffected by outward circumstances.
Contentment is a choice. So choose today to bloom where you’re planted. Choose to make the most of whatever situation you find yourself in. Choose to stop focusing on what you don’t have and start being thankful for the many blessings you do have.
-money saving mom
As I set out to make my annual New Year's resolutions, this quote really strikes home.
I was born and raised in Nashville (lived in the same house 23 years) and basically all my family and close friends are still there. I am very much a family person, so it has been an adjustment moving 3 hours from home! Ben is also from Nashville, but being in the Marines meant he's lived several places and is quite comfortable in being away from "home".
When I married Ben and
was forced too moved to Memphis, I ultimately chalked it up to a temporary move. I really didn't think we'd be here long term. I didn't think of Memphis as my home, just as a place where we live at the moment. When people from home asked "when are y'all moving back?", I'd answer "soon, I hope!"
I made some friends through work (and B), but really didn't go out and do much (FYI: it is difficult to make friends as an adult!!). My life pretty much consisted of: B, work, house, dogs and all that they entail. BORING. I enjoy being at home, but after a while it got to me. I'm a social person and have to have contact with people to keep me sane. I was also missing all the wonderful places, restaurants etc that were back home, but really not giving the one's here a chance.
I decided to get out there and do things. I started blogging (which has introduced me to wonderful people), Zumbaing, hanging out with my new friends, trying new places, and going to church (and even a friend's church!)!
I basically started to bloom where I was planted...and I liked it! I chose to be content with the plan God had for me as this stage in my life. I chose to make the most of it and look at the bright side of things. I am 3 hours away from family, but I'm only 3 hours away. It could be a long plane ride after all! I'm choosing to look at the blessings we do have: health, jobs, house, families...instead of the things we don't have! Choosing these things has really made life much more enjoyable too!
I never once thought I'd say this but I'm glad we moved to Memphis! I may lose my Nashvillian card, but I actually like this place!
Home is where your story begins....our story as a married couple (& hopefully one day as parents) started here so I guess this is HOME.
In 2011, I'm going to increase my effort of blooming and making the choice to be content!
(sorry for the ramble...just had to get it out!)