What to Do when you’re missing family!

“Take my breathe away” came on the radio as we made our way to Wilmington, NC and all I remembered was watching a home video of a family party with this song playing in the background.

Ugh.

I won’t lie, the past few weeks have been hard ever since we went back to PA for my baby shower. I guess I’m finally realizing that the distance is becoming too much. I was annoyed that we had to drive so long two weeks ago when we left. I guess it’s probably pregnancy hormones because I’ve never felt like that before. Add that to the fact that I need to pee even more now, so we stopped more often, which delays our arrival time even more.

I guess I’m just sort of sad that my mom can’t come to any doctor appointments, see my pregnant body grow bigger and bigger. I mean, she’s just a phone call away, but it’s not the same thing as in-person. BUT, at the same time like I’ve said over and over again, the north is way too expensive and we could not have purchased a house like we have in the north. We would NEVER be able to afford it. Not to mention, I wasn’t getting any job opportunities in the north, so besides family, there was nothing left for me.

I try not to focus on the fact that family lives so far, but lately, it’s bothered me more than I thought it ever would. And, I know it has to do with pregnancy. I didn’t think I’d have my first child in another state and didn’t think I would be this far while being pregnant, but here we are!

If you’re in the same boat, just keep these aspects in mind:

  1. Technology makes it easier than ever to communicate. Skype, facetime, duo, phone, text, etc. Whichever one you use, it’s become WAY easier to talk to family and friends than before!

  2. Focus on why you moved in the first place. If you had to move due to work, just think of the job you landed! Would you have been able to land that same job in your hometown? If not, focus on that aspect!

  3. Make friends. By making friends, you won’t dwell so much on the fact that family is so far. So, don’t be afraid to reach out to people you’d like to hang with.

  4. Travel. If you’re in a state that has better travel opportunities, take advantage of it!

  5. Go to networking or meet-up groups. Find groups with people you have common interests with. This is an easy way to get to know people + networking may help you in the business world.