During this two day hiatus from the Write 31 Days challenge, I’d like to share two books that are valuable resources if your place of belonging has actually changed to a new location on the map. These pages offer wonderful insight during times of transition. Both of these books will help anyone move ahead in a positive, healthy way after they’ve relocated to a new home. I am going to list the chapter titles for each book because I think the titles alone will encourage and inspire you.
After the BOXES are UNPACKED (Moving On After Moving In)
by Susan Miller
Part I Let Go
- From Grits to Guacamole — My story
- Dealing with all you’e left behind
- Remembering back, but looking forward
- Pressures that contribute to the overload factor in moving
- Recognizing how deeply your move is affecting you
- Understanding your emotional baggage
- Identifying your feelings and emotions
Part II Start Over
- How to make your house a home
- Bloom where you are planted — Growing through your move
- Things you need to do and things you need to know
- Dealing with the loneliness you feel
- Finding your lost identity
- Strengthening your marriage after a move
- Helping your children adjust and adapt
- Borrow an egg – Making new friends
Part III Move Ahead
- Finding contentment in your circumstances
- Charging into your future with enthusiasm
- Equipping you to move forward
Epilogue: The One Who Moves with Me — How God put this book in your hands
THIS Is Where YOU Belong (Finding Home Wherever You Are)
by Melody Warnick
- The Lost Art of Staying Put
- Lace Up Your Sneakers
- Buy Local
- Say Hi to Your Neighbors
- Do Something Fun
- Commune with Nature
- Eat Local Food
- Get More Political
- Create Something
- Stay Loyal
- Settle Down
Love Where You Live Principles
Melody Warnick also gives us eleven great tips…
- Our towns are what we think they are.
- Emotion follows behavior; feelings follow action.
- If you want to love your town, act like someone who loves your town would act.
- When you’re happy (and healthy), then you’re happy (and healthy) where you live.
- If you love your city, you should do what’s good for it. (What’s good for it is usually good for you.)
- Relationships with people are what make you feel most at home.
- Every town is good at something. Do what your town is good at.
- Put pins in the map. Happy memories create place attachment.
- When you invest, you feel invested.
- There is no right town for everyone, just the right town for you right now.
- Experience joy for as long as you’re there.
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