Like Emma, I have had the hardest time choosing something to write about with this ‘new’ theme for the month, which is actually a very broad topic. In fact, I started two different posts, one about new ideas and being easily distracted by them, and the other about new music to inspire my writing. However, I was unable to finish either post, and being that my designated post date has arrived, I’m opting instead to write about a new change in my life: we’re moving into a new house.
We've lived in the same house for over three years now and due to unexpected circumstances, we are making a local move in just a few short weeks. And you know what? I’m excited! Yes, it’s stressful and crazy and time consuming, but all in a good way in the long run. It will be a new house, a new town, and a new setting. We can all use a good change once in a while, right?
This new house is country living, which is a stark contrast to our current house in a busy neighborhood only a mile and a half out of the city’s center. It’s a two-story farmhouse set on a beautiful piece of property that looks out over a large field behind the house. We can have chickens. In fact, the people who previously resided there had chickens and sheep. We can breathe in that fresh country air without having to worry about a neighbor’s smoking interfering with our outdoor plans. And we can sit in our living room and admire the way the old wooden ceiling beams give it that extra rustic feel. It’s perfect for us and I couldn't be happier with our choice in a new house, the setting, or the town.
But you know what I’m really looking forward to? Having that peacefulness of living in the middle of nowhere and what that can do for my writing. I revel in that peacefulness. It’s calming and refreshing. It has a way of clearing my mind, which can only help when all those characters are chattering away and plot twists are making me dizzy.
These last couple weeks I've been pretty stressed about the idea of moving and the seemingly endless amount of packing and cleaning that must be done. But the more I really think about it, the more I cannot wait. When all is said and done, I’m looking forward to sitting on the back deck while my kiddos and dogs chase each other around the backyard and I can just let my mind wander until it stumbles upon something marvelous and I just have to write about it. Maybe a new house, a new setting, a new change will be the perfect thing for me--and my writing--right now.