I won't bore you with stories of yesterday's snowfall (about 12") or record-breaking temps (don't even want to think about those numbers); most of the country is dealing with the fallout of the current weather system, so my situation is no different.
**Just as I was typing that sentence, I received a text message that my flight tomorrow morning to Chicago (the first leg on the trip to England) has been cancelled. Drat! Again, though, I know many, many people are facing travel difficulties, so (again) my situation is not unique.
A few days ago, I shared that I would be doing some dreaming and planning re: where I go from here (http://aliferedesigned.com/?p=287), and between laundry and packing and weighing of suitcases and tweaking and life's normal stuff, I've been working on the first "exercise" in Dream Plan Do.
Squashing my normal tendency to race through these types of activities (I have this compulsion to get to the end, to arrive at the answers), I have been taking my time on this exercise. I worked for 2 days compiling a list of just over 20 things I wouldn't miss were they to disappear tomorrow. Some items ("commuting", for example) jumped out at me; other things ("lack of social life") were added as a result of a cup or two of tea and reflective digging on my part. When I felt my list was complete (for now, at least -- I may think of things to add), I put it aside, coming back to skim over it from time to time.
As I pondered the list and journaled over the past few days, I realized 2 things:
1. Selling my current home could/would address many of the items on the list. I had already listed my house with a realtor a few months ago and am hoping that Spring and warm weather will bring an offer and a sale.
2. Making some changes in my work life could/would address another group of items. This one is a bit trickier; I'll be pondering this as I continue to dream and plan.
I say "could/would" because just moving and adjusted employment isn't the answer. Instead, it's crucial that when the opportunity to do either/both of those things arises that I carefully consider my dream for my redesigned life and make decisions accordingly. No more acting reactively under pressure; on the contrary, I must make deliberate and thought-out decisions based on a realistic plan.
And so, I'm moving forward. I'm enjoying the process, and I've found that with each small step I take, I feel more positive, more enthused, and more sure of myself. I can't wait to see what the next step brings!