• Joanna Bloss

Transitions are hard

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be living and working in the Greenwood/Indianapolis area. I enjoyed attending the State Fair this past weekend (I may or may not have had my share of a warm funnel cake...), and I'm very excited about all the cool antique stores and flea markets in my area.

But as with any move, this has been a huge transition, and not all of it has been fun. For the past few weeks I feel like all I've been doing is updating my address and phone number, unpacking boxes and trying to find my way around a new community.

I've known for a long time that I would eventually move to this area, but I wanted to wait until my youngest graduated from high school. When the day finally came, it was a little surreal -- it's one thing to talk about doing something, it's totally different to actually follow through and take action.

I'm not going to lie -- it's been hard. I've had to say a lot of goodbyes lately, and there have been more than a few tears shed. Even though I know I've made the right decision, it's been difficult to walk away from a full practice, dear friends, and lots of professional connections.

Of course, coming home to the welcoming arms of my extended family has made things a lot more bearable -- I just hired my nephew to mow my lawn and I can now refer clients to my sister who is a Greenwood colleague!

One thing that has helped me through the hard times is to remind myself something I frequently tell my clients: transitions are hard. Good ones, bad ones -- it doesn't matter. Change is hard, and it often requires all the emotional and physical strength we can muster. When we're facing change, it's so important to give ourselves the gift of time. We need time to grieve, time to adjust, and time to settle in. It's amazing how the simple act of giving ourselves permission to take the time we need can settle us down.

As someone who's endured more than a few transitions, I would love to opportunity to help you navigate yours. If I can help, please don't hesitate to call.

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