Jennifer M. Rodriguez - Family and Relationship Coach
Positively Jen

Sometimes all you need is a change

This summer my family and I made the decision to relocate.  We left the beautiful weather of Sacramento and headed for the blistering Texas heat of San Antonio, where the salsa is so hot it knocks your boots off!  I had been feeling more and more trapped living in Sacramento despite having a non-profit that I loved, loads of wonderful friends, the supportive in-laws, and many successes.  The thing weighing me down--I could not escape the oppression of my ex-husband or the oppression of the family courts who were more and more the ones in control of my life, or so it seemed.
 
We had a court battle, of course!  I was hired as an educator at SeaWorld in San Antonio and scheduled to start in June, but had to delay that start because the move was contested and I had to attend mediation before I left.  Placing my trust in God that all would turn out as it should, I loaded my tiny Ford Focus with all the belongings I could stuff into it; and the dog and I drove 3 days across California, Arizona, New Mexico, and most of Texas.  Even though I completed the mediation, I did not know what the court's final decision regarding custody was because we had a hearing in late July--I attended by phone.  For more than a month the dog and I lived in a tiny hotel room.  The girls were living with their father for the summer because that is the custody arrangement I requested (school year in TX, summers and breaks in CA); and my hubby-to-be stayed with his parents until I was able to get things settled in San Antonio.  It was a LOOOOONNNNNNGGGGGGGG 45 days!  I missed my family like crazy!  And I am pretty sure they missed me, too!
 
Well, we finally got the court order that the custody arrangement was adopted, and I could move into a permanent place!  Yay!  My parents headed to Sacramento to load up a trailer with our belongings, my children, and my love; and they began the 3 day trek across the southwest U.S.  It was a tearful reunion, even the dog was crying! 
 
The weather took some getting used to; but we are all adjusting just fine.  Working at SeaWorld is different from anything I have done in the past 10 years or so, but it sure is FUN!  It feels like I'm on vacation every day!  And the best news is my depression has lifted.  I no longer feel trapped, and I feel more free to be myself.  I have been a happier, funnier, sillier, goofier, and more energetic person than my family has seen in a few years.  This move has been good for all of us!

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