This past year was a scary one for our family. We took a complete leap of faith and moved to a new place. It was an agonizing decision which came complete with many sleepless nights. The fear of the unknown was palpable and this decision could completely dismantle a steady, anchored life. But Jay and I knew it was best for the family and that North Star guided us the entire way.
We made many promises to our children ahead of the move. We told them they would make new friends and double the friend base they already had. We told them it would make them stronger and more resilient people. We told them we would have closer access to the city and to the beautiful Jersey Shore. We told them they would enjoy a beautiful new neighborhood and be out all the time with their newfound friends. Secretly, I wondered if all this would really come true.
As we are finally completing the school year, I can say that everything actually came true! We are all so thrilled with our new home and both the incredible neighbors and experiences that have come with it. As someone who grew up in the same house and went to the same school all my life, I was fraught with fear on how the move would impact the strength and stability of my kids. But they rose to the challenge of making new friends and I have been so impressed with the depth and quality of those relationships.
Monumental change is terrifying. But resilience and all the personal growth that comes with it is incredibly rewarding. I am so proud of my family for keeping its roots and growing new branches. When the winds come, we will be both stronger and more flexible. Challenge accomplished.