I write a lot about starting over.  Those times when you realize it’s time to get out of a rut and make a change whether big or small.  I’ve done it many times myself, after my divorce, when I became a yoga teacher, learning to cross-country ski in my 30’s, downhill ski in my 40’s, and so many other things.  Trying new things and starting over are the spice of life.  It keeps you on your toes, keeps you engaged in life and as far as I’m concerned keeps you young. (Ok…mentally young!)

Sometimes we just all need to get out of a rut and try something new.  Recently my husband and I did just that.  We took the big leap and moved from Connecticut to Florida without jobs and without a final destination in mind.


For the past couple of years, Chris and I have wanted to move south.  It was actually Chris’ plan before he met me. So we’re just continuing the path.  Two years ago I was laid off after 25 years.  We might have gone then except my mother was 97 and having a harder time getting around so instead of moving south, we moved in with her.  For the last two years, I was her primary caregiver and unable to work outside of the home.

But recently, Mom passed and we decided that now was the time. It was one of those feelings that if we didn’t do it then we might never do it. So we called the movers, packed up everything and left for the sunny state of Florida.  And apparently just in time!  I’ve been watching the weather in Connecticut this weekend.  Snow, rain, and freezing rain.  So glad I’m here.

Luckily we have time to use with our timeshare points.  So the first four weeks we are here will be spent using those points.  I found a job within the first week and Chris is still looking and will attend a Culinary job fair at Disney next week.  It’s the same day I start my new job.  Now, we need to find an apartment and we’re looking at the first one today.

Things are coming together for us and when we do hit a hiccup on the path we just look at each other and say, “at least we’re in Florida,” as a reminder of how far we’ve come (and not just distance wise!)