I’ve been getting emails asking if I was okay because I haven’t posted here since the 4th of July and in the blogging world – apparently that’s an eternity! Sometime you take a hiatus.
My husband and I went to Chicago to spend 5 days with dear friends and I completely unplugged from technology. It was a perfect time and I needed to slow down a bit.
I’ve also been on a rather large personal journey this past month as I reflect on almost two years of living in Franklin. It’s now been 23 months and I needed to take this time to remember all that has happened in such a short time – who I was when I left Los Angeles and who I am now. Same woman but different in so many ways.
I’ve discovered things about myself that I never could have imagined before coming here. We’ve had our fair share of hardships (I’ve shared all of them) and yet…I’ve come through fear and anxiety to find that I’m more resilient than I ever knew. My former father-in-law used to say that I was tough broad…I guess I am and I’m still standing and feeling really comfortable in my own skin.
I ended a business and started a new one and with all the trepidation that comes with that – I’ve found my true calling. If you haven’t visited me at my new site – Lionhearted Woman, come on over and say hello.
When we got to Franklin I knew no one and I knew nothing. I was sure my GPS was going to blow a fuse! In the beginning you’re constantly on the lookout for someone – anyone who you can connect with. It took awhile, but today, I have friends and good ones – friends I treasure more than I ever thought possible. My friends in Los Angeles have been in my life for as long as I can remember and I’m so grateful for them, because they saw me through some sad times. But my friends here in Franklin are special and sweet to me because our journey together is just beginning and I’m always learning about their lives.
I’ve discovered that when I’m surrounded with beauty even in the dead of winter, I feel more connected to life. I love that about Franklin. I love that I can get in my car and in just a few minutes I can be away from everything except the majesty of nature.
I see things differently now. I’ve learned in times of struggle to stop trying to control everything and just lean in and listen for answers. When I get quiet I hear better.
Moving is hard, even when it was our decision to move. We didn’t come for jobs or children. We came because we decided to change our lives. That’s kind of huge when you think about it and sometimes you do need to take a hiatus.
I’m pretty sure I moved so that I could find my other self – the freer, gentler Cindy…the Cindy who has always wanted to live a simpler life…the Cindy who has a bit of wanderlust and the Cindy who has been on a constant mission to learn and grow and not be okay with just being fine. That’s me.
If you’re new to Franklin or you’re thinking about moving here or anywhere for that matter…I’d love to hear from you. I know it’s hard and I know you sometimes feel overwhelmed and alone. It gets better. It really, really does. Remember to cut yourself some slack. Be gentle with your spirit and go introduce yourself to a total stranger. You never know how things will turn out.
Discovering Franklin has been a lot about discovering me. Thanks for hanging out with me. I’m so grateful for this blog and the people it’s brought into my life.
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