Goodbye Summer, Hello New Chapter!
2017 has flown faster than any year I can recall. They say your life leaps forward when you have kids, and I can now attest to the truth in this sentiment. In February, we moved into a new house in North Carolina. As we began to settle with two-thirds of our boxes finally unpacked, we received notice that we would be moving again before the end of 60 days. My husband is a Marine, so when the military says “jump”, there’s one response. “How high?” So we said goodbye to our friends, the ocean, favorite parks and familiarity as we packed our cars with essentials. In a flash, my husband, son, our two dogs and myself were on our way to Louisiana. I closed my small business of five years, pulled our dogs from their training programs, and my son bid farewell to his first friend. I blinked and our summer was gone. We spent it in a hurried hot mess trying to get packed, moved and unpacked with short notice. You may be wondering why I’m posting about summer in October. Well, there isn’t really fall here. Fall is usually my favorite season - but it just isn’t the same in the south as it is back home up north. We had a couple chillier days here that were relatively lovely, but they can’t compare with a morning stroll over crunching frosted lawns or watching yellow and orange turn to red this time of year in New York or Michigan. I’ve moved from NY to VA to NC, this move to Louisiana has hit me the heaviest. I think it’s because we have a child now, and there’s something about raising a tiny human that gives you an undeniable desire to grow roots. Or maybe it’s like the pains of childbirth. When you experience it in the moment (okay, collection of moments) you think you’re dying, but really it’s just the beginning of a wonderful life. So what’s next for us? My husband was promoted this fall and looks forward to more opportunities to further his career. I’m officially a huge dork and joined a stay-at-home Mom’s club. We have decided not to put our son in daycare, as the resources here are limited below our minimum standards. When it occasionally pleases my son to nap, I dive headfirst into my photography or education in dog training. Plans to start our own kennel are moving along, despite our sudden uprooting and disruption in training. In a way the struggle of this move and decision to close doors on my other ventures has forced me to focus and jumpstart my passion. I think we’re often driven away by a fear of the things we really want. In me it’s always been perfectionism and worry I wouldn’t things perfectly. But you can’t do something at all if you never start it. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, but I’m extremely excited for this new chapter. As always, my son comes before all else, but after him hopefully Blair will be ready for her next chapter in 2018. I will be posting updates on our progress regularly. I had planned to include all my favorite photos from the summer below, but I ran out of time, so here are four for a quick summary (you can tell who's the star)