One of my writer friends, Teena Stewart,has graciously offered to share her thoughts on moving. A busy lady, she and her husband run a coffee house/church for those disenfranchised from the traditional church. In addition, she has several books out. Please check them out on Amazon.com
My husband is a pastor so we have moved numerous times. Our last move was during the Christmas season (definitely not recommended). We drove country from California to North Carolina after loading all of our worldly possessions into a movable storage POD. Though we are what you might call seasoned movers, it can still be very stressful.
Every family member copes with moving in their own way and this has a lot to do with their age and personality. Here are some tips to help ease your relocation.
Call a family pow-wow: If you have children, call a family meeting, tell them what is going to happen. Encourage them to ask questions.
Research the new are. Check with travel clubs such as AAA for information. Search the Internet for jobs, volunteer and recreational opportunities. Send for brochures of fun places to go and then share them with your kids
Get family members involved. For instance, one friend of mine had their children help pack their toys and label those boxes. Another friend encouraged her children to pick out school supplies and set up meetings so they could meet their teachers ahead of time.
Pray. Family members, even husbands and wives can have a lot of anxiety and fear. Ask God to help you as you work through this difficult time.
Make a task list. Notify doctors, dentists, insurance companies, employers, banks and creditors of your upcoming relocation. Most post offices carry a free mover’s guide, which includes moving tips and change of address cards. Create “business cards” with your new address and e-mail address so family members can hand them out to friends. Blank card sheets are available at most office supply stores and can be printed from your home computer.
Work in manageable segments. Tackle one room at a time to reduce stress.
Keep a positive attitude. Stress can turn even the most congenial family members into grumps. Point out positive aspects of your new place. For instance, if your new house is smaller, you might stress that it’s easier to keep clean. If your move drained your finances take “free” excursions. Look up park and recreation services to find out what free activities might be scheduled. Visit the library. Review the newspaper inserts and magazines for free local activities.
Don’t think about what you are giving up, but rather what you are gaining. As you gear up for your move, think of it as an adventure. Get out the boxes and packing tape and look forward to what’s next on your life journey.
Teena Stewart is an author, ministry leader, and artist with hundreds of published articles to her credit in the secular and Christian realm as well as numerous books. Her current focus reflects the spiritual message of brokenness, restoration, and a vibrant relationship with God and others.
When she isn’t writing, she is creating artwork and jewelry treasures (often from discarded and found objects) or leading ministry for Java Journey, an innovative coffee shop ministry in Hickory, NC. Java’s mission is provide hope and restoration to the hurting and broken by sharing Christ’s story, showing His love and by empowering the restored to serve others.
Her two most recent books include The Treasure Seeker: Finding Value and Love in the Arms of Your Loving Heavenly Father (Wine Press) and Mothers and Daughters: Mending a Strained Relationship (Beacon Hill).
Teena understands firsthand what it means to go from something of seemingly little value to a beautiful and valuable treasure in God’s eyes. Visit Teena at www.teenastewart.com, www.serendipitini.com, and www.javajourney.org.
Social network connections include: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/teena.stewart