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My family recently received orders for the next two years in our current location. At first I was ecstatic! No need to pack, no need to make new friends, or get to know a whole new town. After some reflection, I found myself a little disappointed we were staying put. While a move is tough, it forces you to grow as a person, pare down your belongings, offers an opportunity for a fresh start and could mean the chance to be stationed with your battle buddies you were separated from since the last move.


I realized I was getting lazy at our current duty station. We have accumulated more belongings than we need and I had not stepped out of my comfort zone to try new places or meet new people in too long. So here are three things I am going to focus on during my pretend PCS.


  1. Step out of your comfort zone: The key is to do something that makes you uncomfortable in an outgoing sort of way. You can accomplish this by rekindling a friendship - often our busy schedules and current routines become a good excuse for not speaking to someone for a while. Attempt to change this by making a coffee date or play date with a friend who you haven’t connected with recently. 

  2. Do something New: Give yourself an opportunity for a fresh start. You can do this in many different ways. Make a new friend, set a new goal: get healthier, run a 5k, learn to cook baklava – the options are endless. Pick something not in your ordinary routine to try. When you move, each person you encounter is an opportunity for a new friendship - this is still true at your current duty station. Strike up conversation with the person next to you waiting at the grocery store or at your children’s gymnastics class.

  3. Pare down your belongings: All I needed to do was look under the sink in my bathroom to realize how easily the lotions and products and JUNK piles up. Most of those items cannot be packed so let’s pretend I am preparing for a household goods pack out and get to work! Get rid of expired items in the pantry, products in your bathroom you haven’t used in the past year, make a pile for donation, separate garage sale items, and don’t be afraid to throw some items away.

Inspire us by sharing how you plan to make your “pretend PCS” positively affect your situation!


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About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (2 years and 4 months), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.


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