Change is on the Horizon

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It was several months ago I posted about the possibility of us moving from Alaska. As time passes we are beginning to get a more firm grasp on when and where. With the over all state of things on either side of the coin I have to admit I am nervous. Most of my anxiety on the subject is in regards to the political uproar spilling out across the country. While things have gotten crazy here, so far it’s been considerably less so in comparison. This is one subject my husband and I do not necessarily agree on.

In any case, there are many changes on the horizon for our family. I pray that they are positive ones. I have been trying to sit down over the past week and organize my thoughts, which is easier said than done. Especially being a bit of a scatter brain that I am, which is usually amplified when summer is nearing a close for our family. The older 2 kiddos have 10 more days left before they trek back across the country.

This brings us around to our first big goal. Within the next 6-8 months, we are planning to move in conjunction to Eli and Bella’s father as to be in the same town and reap the benefits for all in the family that comes with being nearer to one another. One humdinger of a change for an equally if not greater positive change. Then follow all the smaller goals that revolve around making the big goal possible. Finding a new home, finding new employment, making a cross country road trip with a toddler, dog, 2 guinea pigs, and maybe a frog! (We love our little tree frog but we’re undecided if that much travel is best for him. He’s been a part of the family for nearly three years.)

As I wrote about here, in New Adventures, a friend and I struck out to build our own business called Earth & Soul Creations. We have put in a lot of work thus far to help push for positive options in our community. While I will be sad to leave this behind, I will leave with experience and know that what remains will be in good hands.

Stemming from the above venture, I have felt a wonderful, amazing pull to Young Living. Honestly, I feel a guiding hand and nothing but good energy stemming from this. I have not felt this passionate about an business/work opportunity since I started working for the State of Alaska Public Health Center here in town. There are still very emotional feels that stir when I remember my time there. Which leads to a bit longer term goal. I want to share the information I’ve been gaining and help spread the feeling that I have had since the day I opened my kit and joined the oily world. For this goal I am holding myself to sticking to it for at least 4 years. I want to go further with it, but we’ll start with the 4 year mark and check back.

On the health note, with the buzz of summer and the better focus on wellness, we have cut out sodas from our diets, we’ve been getting out for walks, we’ve been using oils for physical and emotional wellness support, and we’ve been trying to have better diets. I have been seeing results in my health from those few steps alone and am actually nearing a 30lb loss from where my weight was a year ago. This is a path and continuous goal I plan to keep no matter where we are. I am hoping within the next 1-2 years to be at a healthy weight for my height, to have nixed a bad habit or two, and mainly help make sure I’m around a few more years. That last part has been on my mind a long while.

There was a point when I was at my lowest and really up until the last 6 months, give or take, that I was pretty sure I may as well do what made me happy cause we only have one life. I know we’ve all seen those memes that say “Eat well, exercise, die anyway.” That was pretty much my philosophy. I was okay with that. I was okay with being over weight, “I’m fluffy get over it, don’t like it look away.” And then I started getting more healthy, without a whole lot of forced effort. I began to notice I could walk further, I had more energy and stamina. I began to LOVE how I was improving. I don’t want to stop. There have been times I even out paced my kids. So at the very least I hope that I can help inspire and guide them a little more in the right direction.

And so, even though I have stress about the changes that are coming, I am looking forward to them. I am praying for the guidance to execute these changes more smoothly than my mind will have me believe. I have placed my faith and my hope in the Lord’s hands. This will be our leap of faith. As a friend mentioned not to long ago, “I’ve got my oils, I’ve got my coffee, and I’ve got Jesus, I’m fine. But not in that order” She may not know it, but I love this. Just a quick moment in time and a lasting reminder to count our blessings and we’ll be fine. What ever time brings, we will be okay so long as we keep gratitude for what we do have.

Before I ramble too much further, I’m going to take advantage of some down time and finish my dinner and hopefully get a better grasp on what’s rolling around on my mind. I hope you all have a blessed and beautiful week. I know I will. I’m clinging to that positive momentum!

All my love,

Amanda

Joshua 1:9-11 ~ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  So Joshua ordered the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the LORD your God is giving you for your own.’ ”