As an Army Wife, I get to travel and live in places people only dream of visiting. There are times, the excitement to leave a duty station is overwhelming and there are times the move is bittersweet. We’ve been stationed in the Atlanta area for the last five years after a 3-year tour in Hawaii. (3 years is usually the max at any location). This PCS (permanent change of station) move is definitely bittersweet! My journey in Atlanta has brought ups and downs, I’ve formed unbreakable bonds of friendships and have acquired a network of industry colleagues and vendors that will be with me forever. (no matter where I live).
For those that knew I would be leaving, there is one most asked question. What about your business? My business will be with me wherever I go. In every city, there are always events and weddings to be planned. The second most asked question is “Will you continue to have clients in Atlanta”. The answer is “Definitely, Yes!”. As I mentioned earlier, I have formed a great network of industry colleagues and vendors that I can call upon when needed. Plus, airplanes fly everywhere and I’m only going to be a 3 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta. I currently plan destination events and provide the same great customer care as I do to my local clients so nothing will change.
The military provides packers and movers to help “ease” the process of our move. If you are brave you can do a DITY move which means the military will pay you to pack and move your own household goods. No, thank you! We did that in 1998 for our move to Washington, DC. It almost resulted in our divorce. LOL! Anyway, I digressed….sometimes the “help to move” can be even more stressful! Today is day one of three (Yes, we have that much junk….ahem….household items!) that the packers will be here. Day four is the day they will transport our stuff away and also the day I start praying that I see my household goods again and all are in tact.
Some of my duties while they are here, I have to double check the garbage cans to make sure the trash is empty (they’ll pack the trash in the garbage can), I have to wonder from room-to-room to assure all is going well, if you know what I mean. And, as a nice incentive, I like to provide lunch for the packers, just maybe, they’ll treat my household goods with care.
I would love for you to follow our journey to our next duty station and beyond. You can check us out here on the blog and follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook.
And, you wonder where we will be living for the next few years…….Ft. Jackson, South Carolina (Columbia area). We were headed to Germany, then Italy and the final decision from Uncle Sam is South Carolina. So, there you have it, our journey begins…
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