We did it!

I was out to dinner with one of my dearest friends, Meredith, and mentioned to her that I was kicking about the idea of moving, and before I could get any further, she jumped in with a ‘yes you should!’ I then started to say how tough it would be. Again she jumped in with three words. ‘We got this!’

My first thought was – really? I’ve lived there a long time; there’s a lot of just ‘stuff’ and even quite a bit of cleaning that would need to be done before I could officially say ‘I’m out.’ However from that moment on, she became a constant source of encouragement and reminder – and even more on the days when I felt like it would just be too much. Always those three words: ‘We got this!’

We then spent more than a few Saturdays going through just about everything I have. She was careful when I was going through things not to push me about what to keep, what to throw away, what to donate or offer to our friends. Every one of those Saturdays, from early in the am to late in the afternoon, it was pack, toss, donate or share.

And more than just helping me pack up, she offered to help me move in to my new place! She and I have a long history and lots of shared stories, giggles, tears and just plain fun, so it was even more fantastic that she was willing to take this on with me.

During the course of that time, I had some good days where I could see the end – and some bad days – a couple in particular – where candidly, I felt overwhelmed and just wasn’t sure we could get through it all. Through every minute, Meredith kept reminding me ‘We got this!’ Ya know, it’s one thing to get everything done but there’s quite a bit of extra cleaning that needs to happen for the next person/persons/family starting a new chapter here…and always those three words from Meredith…’We got this!’ She never let me for even a second believe anything else.

During all of these Saturdays, Meredith came ready to do what needed to be done. Often she came with the plan. On every one of these days, she showed up just happy to help. She gave up so much of her time; helping me was keeping her from spending time with her family and pups. She never once complained; she always came almost excited to help with this huge undertaking, and she would always remind me: ‘We got this.’

So here we are, just a few weeks out and here I am, settling into my new place – and there is no way in heck I’d be in this new place without Meredith. Oh, my dear sweet friend. There’s no way I can thank her enough! She is a person I’m just blessed to have in my tribe – someone without whose kindness and generosity I wouldn’t be starting a new chapter. So, yes my dear friend – We did it!

These are just six words that have me starting a new chapter – one that I’m excited to begin, and see what it brings. Six words that just might encourage you to start a new chapter as well:

‘We got this!’ ‘We did it!’

Oh, yes, and just three more….Thank you Meredith!



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