Today I am linking up with Tala Ocampo and Didi from D is for Delicious for their #TrailingSpouseStories blog crawl.
There is a monthly prompt (which can be found here) so if you are a trailing spouse, be sure to join in and spread the word about this great idea!
All of the belongings I was going to take with me to my new life in America had previously been shipped over and were awaiting my arrival. I really did not send much as in the end it was just 4 large-ish boxes full of clothes and keepsakes (photographs, knick-knacks, and important paperwork).
My actual bags for my vogage to be with my husband were also fairly simple. I had a mini suitcase for hand luggage that contained my laptop, tablet and immigration paperwork. My handbag had a book (which, despite my love of ancient Egyptian history – it was a book about Ramses II – I could not read due to being too excited), a packet of wine gums, paperwork (there seemed to be endless amounts of that), some make-up and my phone.
Photos from my mobile phone during the flight to becoming a trailing spouse
I wanted to take as little as possible so the journey was as stress and hassle free as it could be – and I think that came from the fact that the build-up to actually getting to join my husband was so fraught and long drawn out. Part of me wanted to close the door on all that went before and just embrace a new beginning.
The things I took with me reflect the people in my life whom I love deeply, my family and friends, and being able to let go of all the other stuff I had accumulated in my life up until that point was liberating. I simplified. I sought out and kept the things that meant the most to me and had the greatest impact on my life – and during the process of organising and downsizing for my move abroad, it was a great way to be reminded of the wonderful moments in my life and the people in it that helped create those memories.
Some of the keepsakes that came with me
I will be honest and say that I think I downsized too much, as there have been a few times I have wanted/needed something I used to have, but it has not been anything hugely important or significant.
For me, my move to America was about starting a new life but keeping my family and friends in the UK close by – so really, as long as I have Hubby, a laptop to communicate with people and some clothes on my back – I am set for everything Ohio has to offer!
Are you a ‘trailing spouse’ – what are your experiences? If you were going to move abroad, what would be the things you had to take with you?
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