Spouse Series: Post-Transition Tips
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Moving sucks. I’m sorry. There is just no nice way to say it.
-Sell old house. Check.
-Sell old cars.Check.
-Close out local accounts. Check.
-Ship old family dog to America. Check.
-Cry tears as we leave a place we have grown to love. Check.
-Enroll teenager in college. Check.
-Buy new cars. Check.
-Open local accounts. Check.
-Shop for new house. Check.
-Shop for new high school for other teenager. Check.
-Enroll said teenager in new school. Check.
-Begin exploring new area. Check.
-Make an offer on new house. Check.
-Wait to move into new house. Pending.
This, of course, is a gross oversimplification.
It’s not like we haven’t done this before, but it has been a while.
-To-do lists do help. Make them.
-Don’t sweat the little things. You have bigger issues to concern yourself with.
-Continue to safeguard hand-carried paperwork and irreplaceable jewelry.
-Don’t forget to pay your bills while you’re living life in limbo.
-If you have kids of any age, get a routine set in place.
-Create opportunities for everyone around you to have a real life again as quickly as possible.
-Breathe. Things will not go as planned, but breathing definitely helps.
-Know that you can cook meals in a hotel room with only one pan and no oven.
-Know how to turn off the fire alarm in said hotel room when you do cook.
-Try to be upbeat. The mob you call your own depends on your sanity.
-Tap into any semblance of an existing network in your new digs. Grow it.
-Connect with transportation to find out if your stuff made it and if you owe money on excess weight charges.
-Find a place to call home as soon as possible.
-Don’t forget to update your driver’s license.
-Hope you don’t have to repeat this process anytime soon again.
Janet Farley is a noted career transition expert and the author of several guidebooks including her newest titled Military Life 101: Basic Training for New Military Families (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2016).
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