This week marks one month that we have been living in Germany. It’s still so hard to believe that we’re here thousands of miles from our family, friends, and a decent margarita!
Andy and I have both lived in Texas our entire lives. But about 6 months ago, we found out that Andy was getting a great opportunity with his job, that would take us to Germany, if we accepted it. I’d worked in the corporate world since coming out of college, and the idea of not working honestly really scared me! I mean, what am I going to do all day? Will my life have purpose? I wonder if I will get depressed with those long cold Winters? Can I still afford Lululemon pants?! We had several long talks, but both knew deep down that this was an opportunity, that if not taken, we would deeply regret. We quickly told our families and friends, and then not long after, put our house on the market, sold our cars, and here we are!
I did a lot of thinking on how I would use this time in Germany, because as I said, the thought of being unemployed terrified me! One thing really stood out to me in those times of reflection. I think so often in adulthood, we lose the art of “play”, and get caught up in always being productive in some way. For some of us, it’s because we don’t create the space necessary, and others are juggling parenthood and multiple jobs, and legitimately don’t have the space in their lives. So in this season, I really wanted to be purposeful, and do things that I enjoy, just for the heck of it. If you would have told me several years ago that I would be leaving my job, selling everything, and moving to Europe, I would have said you were CRAZY. Nope. I’m a realist. What, am I going to start blogging too? Well, God has a humorous way of reminding us who is in control. And he has an even better way of giving us what we need, even when we don’t realize we need it. I’m sure one day I will be back in Texas, neck deep in work deadlines, racing home to a couple unruly kids, and I will daydream about the season in life when I had the space and freedom to rest, play, dream, and to have the occasional 2 pm beer. Am I right?
I’m really excited to share our journey, from life in Germany to travel adventures, and of course some of my favorite recipes I’ve cooked up (in our teeny-tiny German kitchen)! Stay tuned.