Why Change is GOOD for the Faint of Heart

As some of you may have seen on social media, about a couple of weeks ago we received some very exciting news! We are moving back to Texas! Killeen, TX to be exact. A good ole country town with HEBs & Whataburgers as far as the eye can see. We couldn’t be happier!

When you have a spouse in the military, it can be so hard. New places every few years, new people, the long hours your spouse works. Not to mention those week to month long field ops and deployments. We have been so blessed in that we haven’t experienced a deployment in the almost 5 years my husband has been a Marine. For him, it’s a bittersweet thing. That’s why they join, right? Of course, he never wants to be away from me and the kids. But we have gone through lots of times where we couldn’t see or talk to each other. We’ve been through it all together. From poolee functions, boot camp, weeks of field ops, Sergeant’s course & now Recruiter’s school.

Related: Three Things I’ve Learned as a Marine Corps Wife

There are about to be a lot of changes happening with our little family. My husband is currently in school and will soon have a new job in the Marine Corps. Recruiter. So if you live in the Killeen or any of the surrounding areas, he’s about to get to know y’all & your kiddos REAL well. He will be changing lives [as corny as that sounds] 7 spreading the good word of the Marine Corps. We are all so proud of him. With that comes a lot of change as well. The only thing I’ve heard about being a recruiter’s wife is, “Be ready for the long hours.” Encouraging right? Eh. It’s okay. It’s like when you find out your pregnant and literally everyone who has had a baby has to share their wisdom with you. Like, “The first trimester sucks” , & “Just wait until the last 2 months. You’ll never stop peeing.” Oh, but my personal favorite, “You think you’re not getting any sleep now? Just wait til that baby comes.”

I GET IT! Ya know what I mean?

Anyways, although the long hours won’t be the highlight of this job, I know Tommy will get so much experience and pride from it. He has been studying and working so hard throughout his entire school, even practicing & using me as recruiting bait. Needless to say, I think we are all excited for this change! I haven’t seen him this exciting about the Marine Corps since he joined.

We lived in a few houses on base, but this one was special. The best neighbors & memories we will never forget!

I too will be getting a new job. I still plan to work in the same field as an ABA therapist, but with a different company that will allow me to be home on the weekends when my hubby won’t be. Or will be, since that’s the only time we will probably see each other. The life. I have an interview set up already & I am very excited for this transition. The company I have been with for the past year & a half has been so wonderful. I have learned so much working here. Working with children on the spectrum or that have any kind of special needs is truly my passion & they helped me to discover that!

Then there’s the whole thing about moving with two toddlers & two dogs. It’s gonna be an adventure y’all! The greatest thing about the move is that the Marine Corps is moving everything for us & packing it all. Such a huge stress taken off of our shoulders. Because looking for a house in a town you don’t & have never lived in is super stressful. Also looking for child care is tricky. But we are making the best of it. Our families have been so awesome & have offered to look at homes for us since they only live a couple of hours away. I just couldn’t feel more blessed y’all!

So this all sounds great, right? But WHY is it great? Especially for me. Someone who is so faint hearted. I like staying in my comfort zone when it comes to pretty much anything. I’m not the “adventurer” type. I don’t do dangerous things or take risks & chances. This man right here has helped me come out of my shell in so many ways.

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He adapts so well to new situations. He is my calm before & after the storm. Most times, he even helps me to avoid the storm altogether. Waiting to find out where we were going to be stationed next was one of the most stressful situations we have gone through. I cried so many tears of joy when Tommy called me to tell me the news. It is a moment I will never forget.

Related: 8 Ways I Show My Husband I Love Him

Being in California for the past four and a half years has been a big step out of my comfort zone. I was born and raised in Texas. I never imagined myself leaving it. But I would follow my husband anywhere. Living in this foreign [to me] state & meeting so many new people has helped me grow. It has made me so much stronger. I’m such a family girl & being away from my family was hard. So hard I can’t even explain. But the positive side of it is that it has really helped me to be more independent. I’ve had to do and learn a lot of things on my own when it comes to being a working mother & wife. And my introverted self managed to make some beautiful friends that might as well be family.

Change is scary. Change is hard. But is is good. It is healthy. And it’s so EXCITING sometimes! We are so looking forward to this new chapter in our lives. We can’t wait to go back to our home state. Only a couple of hours away from family & friends. And don’t worry, the entire road trip will be documented & there will be an entire post [or two] dedicated to it! So blessed to have y’all on this journey with us!

Have any of you gone through some changes lately? Or have some coming up soon? Share them in the comments, I would love to hear about them & how you coped 🙂

Bluebonnets here we come!

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As always, God bless †

Brittany

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25 thoughts on “Why Change is GOOD for the Faint of Heart

  1. I can definitely relate with this post. Me and my boyfriend did out first year and a half long distance and then semi-long distant and it SUCKED. We live in Canada and I ended up moving two provinces over to be with him, I felt the same as you how I would move anywhere for him. We have lived together for just over a year now and while a drastic change like that is good for the soul in many ways it is also tough, being away from family I would say is the worst part. Thank you for sharing this post! I loved reading it 🙂

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  2. Oh what an adventure. New jobs, new home, lots of excitement. Saying goodbye to the old house must be hard but the new one will be full of adventures ready to top the last. Long hours will be tough but will make the moments together even more cherished. Thanks so much for sharing your story and happy blogging to you.

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  3. I love this! I’m happy for you for getting to go back to Texas! I moved 5 years ago across the country with only my (now) husband. It’s definitely helped me grow as a person, especially since having my kids and being the only one home with them most of the time.

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  4. I too am from Texas — born and raised as well, yet I was ready to leave and I don’t see myself living there ever again. I loved Texas but I was really looking for a dramatic change that would shakeup my life — when I find myself getting too content I like to shake it up.

    Lovely post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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  5. Oh you look like very happy family! Thank you for sending those positive vibes! 🙂 And I love change as well, leaving your comfort zone is the best thing in the world!

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  6. Change is definitely hard. I just went back to school and graduated with my nursing degree. Now that was a lot of change lol. Especially for my husband and five year old. I think change can bring your family closer or in some sad cases it can do damage. It sounds like you have a very positive outlook on how to handle change and that is fantastic !! 🙂

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  7. I tend to not like a lot of change, but as we all know its inevitable so we might as well try to find the silver lining. I’m from Texas too, so I’m so excited you get to move back home. There’s no place like it! Wishing you guys the best on your way back. Enjoy the adventure!

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  8. As someone who has lived away from family her whole adult life… It gets easier, but it is never fun! But, it is worth it in the end and the time we do spend together is that much more special.

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  9. Change can be quite scary sometimes especially if it is a big move from state to state. If you’re already familiar with the place then it’s not so much of a shock.

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  10. This post made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! It sounds like you and your husband have a really wonderful dynamic. For me, I recently quit my job to a full-time blogger which is crazy but I’m so happy and so excited! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time. Another big change coming, is that my hubby and I plan to leave South Africa to work and live overseas. We plan to start in the UK for a few months and then head over to the States. It’s such a big change for me because as you mentioned, I am very close with my family too but I know this is for us and it’s going to be a wonderful adventure! 🙂 thanks for sharing your experiences 🙂 xx

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