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Moving? Pack an emotional first aid kit

from Making the Big Move: how to transform relocation into a creative life transition.

For a wilderness trek, you pack sunscreen, bandages, and insect repellent. When you relocate to a new home or a new job, you face loneliness and upheaval, not alligators or killer mosquitoes.

Here's what to include in your emotional first aid kit.

Coping phrases for frazzled moments.

"There is time to do whatever I need."
"I will always have options."
"No matter what happens, I know I can cope."


Phone numbers of friends and family who will laugh or cry with you.

Photos of family, friends, special places, and pets;

Tapes of meditation, inspiration and visualization.

DON'T pack:

Wet blankets: Leave behind the "friends" who share horror stories. They'll smother your dreams.

Expensive treats: A maxed-out credit card creates stress. Think of small ways to reward yourself.

Things you always meant to do (you probably won't read War and Peace while waiting for the moving van to arrive).

Pack seasick tablets and you'll probably walk through a storm. Prepare for the worst and you'll probably wonder why you worried.

Bon voyage!

From Making the Big Move: How to transform relocation into a creative life transition (New Harbinger 1999).

When you're getting ready to move, you are probably reluctant to spend time and money on a book, let alone coaching. However, this investment can save you hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars.

Ever try to unload a house because you made a mistake? Get out of a rental agreement? Can you put a price on being miserable for a few years while you try to get out of a bad relocation decision?

No one knows more about the stress and hassles of moving than -- the Moving Lady! You can sign up here.

Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D. is an author, career coach, and speaker. She works with mid-career professionals who want to make a fast move to career freedom. Visit her site http://www.movinglady.com or call 505-534-4294.


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