What’s On My Heart

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Hey there friends! I have tried to write a post like a zillion times but I just sit and stare at a blank screen. It’s hard sometimes to write again when you take a break. The study break for the professional test inadvertently turned into a longer break from blogging, which made writing so hard for me. Eventually, I would just give up and close my computer and move onto something else. Except today. Today ideas and words and my heart all aligned to say what I’ve been wanting to say but couldn’t formulate it all.

I’m writing this on Sunday after our final day at the church we’ve been visiting since we made a move to different area back in August. Something about the message just sparked something that made me want to share what’s on my heart.  My mind was now ready to bring to words what was working in my heart. So here goes….

Last August, my husband and I sold our home and moved into a tiny little one bedroom/one bath town home. Really it’s more like an apartment if the truth be told. This move was good in some ways and oh so hard in others. The hard prompted us to realize we are not the apartment dwelling type of people. Therefore we started a journey to find a home. And we did. We signed a contract but right when all the financing came through I just had second thoughts. Why? Because this home was bigger than the home we sold and we were on a journey to downsize not upsize. The new, bright, pretty, sparkly and shiny got both of us distracted and we fell head first in love. But then…we came to our senses and did a 180 back to reality.

We found a real town home. A one bedroom with a loft and 1.5 bathrooms. Perfect for these empty-nesters. Better yet it was back in Denton, the town we had dearly loved for so many years. I mean who wouldn’t love it? It’s an eclectic college town where rednecks and hippies coexist. The town square boasts of craft coffee, homemade ice cream, a country breakfast served up with entrees like Annie Oakley, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Plus on a good day the guy with a pet squirrel will have him harnessed and on a lease sitting at a table outside a popular coffee shop. There are tons of little local vendors, a farmers market and a recycled bookstore that has fed my book love for years. There is always music and people meandering around the square. That is a little piece of the downtown but the little city has so much more…

Honestly, it is a quaint little city where you know enough people to make it feel like home and don’t know enough so you still have privacy. This is so appealing to a small town girl from the Midwest and small town boy from Texas. We fit here as good as “peas and carrots”. If all goes well, we will be moving this Thursday and closing on Friday. We are excited and return “home” with a renewed perspective on lots of things.

And what does this have to do with blogging? Great question! Well, our time away from home has given us time to think…time to ponder and search for missing things in our lives. Blogging has been such a good thing for me for several years. I’ve met the best people. Do you know the ladies at The Blended Blog? They are best part of blogging. Real fabulous friends! I’ve had the joy of meeting several of them in real life. They make me want to be a better a blogger but I have come to realize there are some things I still want to accomplish in real life and blogging might have to take a backseat or not. I’ll have to wait and see…

One of the things that is taking a front seat is that professional test which was supposed to happen in June but the house thingy took precedence. Now the date is August 19. From there I would like to go back to school and work on a Master’s degree. And that’s just me. My husband is working on rejoining the military. Why are we thinking these things and making these crazy decisions? Well, it’s about passion. These decisions are based on the deep passions we have and realized over the last few months. Our journey away from home opened our eyes to many things we had been either running from or ignoring. You can’t deny your passion. What’s deep in your heart has to come out and breathe. You just can’t run from and ignore your passions.

Friends, I’ll be around. I’ll try to get some posts out there. I’m beginning to get some ideas and I think when I get “home” my creative juices might just start flowing again!

Here’s to moving….

 

~Carrie xoxo

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  • Oh wow Carrie! You guys have been through so much! Glad you are finding a place to really settle down in, in a town you love! Good luck with grad school! Will you teach and go to school? If your hubby rejoins the service you’ll start moving again, right?

  • I’m so happy to read what you’ve been up to because I’ve missed you! It sounds like, though big, these are positive and exciting changes! I can’t wait to see where this leads you!

  • The town you described sounds like my dream home. “A place where rednecks and hippies co-exist” can there really be such a place?

  • I’ve missed your voice- so glad to have an update.

  • So glad to hear you are pursuing your passions and I am so happy that everything has worked out with a home for you. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and that God always has the best plan, even if we have to wait to see it. Beautifully Candid

  • Seriously have never heard Denton described this way Carrie..haha. I hope you guys are back on track and the upcoming year will be filled with moving forward…following your passion is always fulfilling but sometimes it’s hard to figure out at first what the real passion is.

  • Denton now makes me think of Stars Hallow from the Gilmore Girls It’s sounds like being away really made you realize what you really needed and wanted was right there were you were to begin. As I read the post I had to stop several times to ponder my own struggles of time and juggling all the things that call to me. Spending time with the girls/husband, blogging, house projects, reading, scrapbooking, running, friends, extended family, time for myself, where can I find the time to do everything I am passionate about? I appreciate that you are slowing down to pick what’s really important to you right now. Looking forward to reading about your new home.