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Here’s to Embracing Change

3 Things by Carissa Rogers, Good N Crazy

3 Things by Carissa Rogers, Good N Crazy


My husband and I like change. There I said it. Out. Loud.

In our married life, we have lived in six different apartments or houses over the past 19 years. And we have bought and/or sold three homes. (About to buy our fourth!)

And surprise! We are moving across the country. Again.

Coast to Coast. Again.

This time West to East — Charlotte, NC bound!

It’s refreshing to finally realize we just aren’t the type of people to settle in, put down roots and live in the same neighborhood for 20 years. But I’m sure it comes as a surprise to no one that moving is just plain exhausting.

Our three kids on the other hand, aren’t little anymore. Moving again is not a happy thing for them. We convinced them the schools will have more to offer, the shopping will be NORMAL and yes… we bribed them with promises of their own rooms for the first time in their lives!

As for me? I know from experience: I will miss the people I love. There are plenty of things I will miss about rural Oregon, but I know it’s the people that will fill my heart and my memory over anything else.

Moving is exhausting, change is exhausting — but if we hadn’t moved this many times, there’s no way we would have met so many amazing people. Here’s to meeting more new and amazing friends, again.

Here’s to embracing change.

Carissa Rogers Coos Bay The Mill Resort & Casino[1]


A moving tip—of course.

Skip the garage sale.

I know, you’re gasping a little right now. But stay with me. I’ll make your move a snap!

1. De-clutter year round. As often as monthly: give out-grown, out-fashioned clothing away, take a box of rarely used items to secondhand stores — and take a hard look at the most cluttered areas of your home: garage, storage rooms/sheds, craft closet and for me… the kitchen.

2. When it’s time to pack up and move, do not pack anything you don’t LOVE. If it has value; sell it. If it’s particle board; donate it. If it’s a plastic container you’ve had since college, gently and lovingly say goodbye and recycle it!

3. Hold an un-garage-sale. First, list your items on Facebook and see which local friend wants to buy your stuff. Second, list your items on a local sales site like Anything that doesn’t sell… DONATE!

You’ll make more money when people want a specific item than the pennies from a garage sale on the same items. And when it’s all over, use $50 from your sales and get a massage — you’ll need it after all the packing and moving!


With all the crazy of getting ready to move, I want to share a fabulous book I recently read: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

I don’t give out a lot of 5 stars. THIS. Is worth it. In fact, parts were painful to read since it felt like Moriarty was describing my life — and I didn’t like what I saw.

I’m 39, I have 3 kids, and my husband is in the middle of the crazy part of his career and travels a ton. I can’t seem to say no to anything — volunteering at school, church, scouts you name it. And lately I’m going slightly insane with it all.

Yeah… all points are the same for Alice.

Unlike Alice, I didn’t hit my head and forget the last ten years of my life — and so far I’m keeping my marriage together – but it sure makes ya think twice. What Alice Forgot makes me want to remember to become a better person by the time I’m 49.

Read my whole review on Goodreads.


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  • shelly May 17, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Lived in Charlotte forever. LOVE IT and welcome.

  • Carissa May 17, 2013 at 9:56 am

    HooRAY! thanks Shelly! We are super excited about living in the Charlotte area! :)

  • Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay May 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Neat. I live in southwestern Virginia. Charlotte is about 2-2.5 hours away from me. Good luck with the move.

  • Judy King May 17, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Hi….wow we have about the same story! We moved from Ohio with a 20 month old and a 2 month old to Kansas…..then 4 years later to Virginia…11 months later to Indiana…loved it but that was 2008 when the economy tanked..then to PA for 2 years (added 2 more boys to the fold)….to Florida for 8 months….to TX for 9 months and now to OHIO for the same job he left 10 and a half years ago! Took a while around the mountain and back but we like you are thankful for the friends and experiences we encounter alond the way! Makes a family rely on Jesus for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is able and willing if we just listen and obey!! Thank you for sharing your story…most people think we are CRAZY and I felt right at home with your post! LOL Judy

  • Carissa Rogers May 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Yay!! Happy to find new ‘neighbors’!

  • Carissa Rogers May 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Ha! Amen Judy!!

  • Connie May 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Embracing change is not my strong suit!! Funny how I’m so much the opposite. I married and rasied my four children and spent 20 years in the same house and neighborhood! Who would have thought that at 41 I’d start a new career and at 44 start moving every few months. Now, once more after I thought I’d settled in I find myself changing jobs again. Considering that we are Sisters you do seem to be much more flexible than I when it comes to change.