Oh my god. Again?
Everything will have to be packed, and then unpacked, and set up all over again.
I’ll have to say goodbye to all my friends. And then start the process of making new friends again.
The lists. The endless lists. Changing addresses. Arranging movers. Selling cars. Passports. Flights. Pet documents. What about my plants? So many details to attend to.
Where will we live when we get there? Where will the kids go to school? Is there a gym that I’ll like? Hiking trails? We need new doctors. Where’s the closest urgent care / emergency room?
What do I want to do before we leave? I want to treasure all of my favorite places, one last time. And what about the things I’ve been meaning to do and haven’t done yet?
If thoughts like this go through your head when you’re preparing for a big move, you’re not alone. And if it’s your first big move and you don’t even know what questions to ask, that’s normal too!
I help people take the stress out of preparing to move. I have been there and I know how overwhelming it can feel. I understand that logistical organizing, planning, personal relationships, and a range of emotions are all part of the process- and I support you having an enjoyable, smooth transition, rather than running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Imagine preparing for your move knowing that all of the important tasks will be taken care of at the right time. Having meaningful connections with your friends and community and a sense of personal closure and peace about leaving this place. Genuinely enjoying your last months and weeks, rather than feeling frazzled and stressed. Then having a smooth arrival when you get to your new location, because you laid the groundwork in advance. It’s possible.
If you have a move on the horizon, book a time with me and let’s chat about how I can help with your situation.
Shannon Jones, founder of Thriving Relocation, works with individuals and families around the world to build thriving lives in new places. Originally from California, she has lived in Australia, Switzerland, England and several locations in the United States. She's a certified life coach, relocation advisor, trained facilitator of Adapt & Succeed Abroad, and a member of Expat Coach Coalition and Families in Global Transition.