The last week has been a bit crazy. Hurricane Irma barreled into Florida affecting our families. We were also on pins and needles waiting to get cleared to close on our home which came down to the wire. Our families back in Florida were evacuated and the stress really weighed on me. Needless to say I barely slept much!
For my own sanity I took the last week off from the blog to try to focus on the issues at hand. It’s been a long 7 days but here we are on the other side of things. So today for my Friday Five I decided to share the things I learned within the last week.
There are always going to be things out of your control.
I’m struggling hard with this lesson as of late! I always stress out about things behind my control. Hurricane threatening to delay our home closing? Out of my control. Husband having to stay at the hospital for the storm? Out of my control. I finally got to the point last Friday where I lost so much sleep over stress that I was simply too tired to stress any more. At the end of the day, the things beyond our control are always going to be there. No use in stressing over them!
Appreciate where you came from.
If you asked me 10 years ago if I loved where I lived I would’ve told you no. I wanted nothing more than to move far away from the tiny town that shaped me. You take it for granted the second you leave and even more when there is a natural disaster and your hometown is affected. It was hard watching my friends and family deal with Hurricane Irma and not being there to help.
I have a great love for my home state of Florida and it pains me to see people dealing with Irma’s aftermath.
Be thankful. Always.
This couldn’t be more truer than it is this week. After seeing the destruction in the Keys and flooding in Jacksonville, it broke my heart. Hard working people who have done everything they could to prepare for this storm still returned to problems. It puts things into perspective. Houses are material items. Family matters. Be thankful for everything you have. It could easily be ripped away from you in an instance.
Patience is key.
I’ll admit that patience is difficult for me. It’s something I’ve been trying to work on through yoga and meditation. If home buying has taught me anything it’s that you’ve got to be patient with the process. We put our contract down on the house the 2nd week of August and closed a month later. It felt like the longest month! In the end the wait was well worth it!
Take care of your mental health.
I’ve let this one slide a bit the last month or so. To make a ridiculous excuse, “It’s been busy and stressful.” To be completely honest I didn’t realize I needed to take a step back until I was losing sleep over things. Your mental health is so important in your well-being. Take time to give it some TLC. I’m a big proponent of the mental health day!