Change–doesn’t have to be a four-letter word

Change is not literally a four-letter word but it often comes with curses and dragging feet. Change can bring feelings of uncertainty, fear and hesitation.

I am a Gemini and we are supposed to thrive on change but the reality is that I prefer a quiet corner. I must channel all of my drama into my stories because so long as I have my laptop, coffee, a place to sit in front of said laptop, I am pretty much happy to be a hermit. In order to avoid back problems and an ass the size of Texas, I walk five days a week, and my honey and I take Sundays off to be together and do something fun away from the computers. I love being outside, especially the beach–which is a fluid reminder of change. The waves are constant–reaching for shore and receding…and repeat. I understand in a logical way that in order to grow, there has to be movement.

The reason change is on my mind is because we might be moving. Maybe. The condo we rent has been sold–we think. Nobody is giving us information lol. The lease with the old owner is up March 1. We think we will be able to rent month to month (sending the rent check who knows where) until the smoke clears and the new owner decides if they want to have us sign a new 12 month lease, or maybe a six month lease, or maybe just have us rent month to month until they decide. 

Do you see why I am going a little crazy? This is all change out of my control…we could take the bull by the horns and just rent somewhere else but we are two blocks from the ocean and we have our Pippa, and lots of places don’t allow dogs, even one the size of a rabbit. I have written lists to create pros and cons of moving versus staying…to help with the stress of waiting. I have prepared the best I can with funds and paperwork and checking out properties in our area but I don’t want to waste time (I have multiple deadlines I’m working with)  in case everything falls into place and we stay where we are for another year.

What this means is this: If we have to move, we are getting a dishwasher and a private bathroom, and a place with room for an office 🙂 *om*

I am part of the Unforgettable Valentine boxed set and I’m writing a new By the Sea contemporary romance titled the Sand King. I am also co-writing a mystery with my bestie Patrice Wilton–all while doing my best to embrace CHANGE–what tricks do you have that you can share?


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About Traci Hall

From cozy mysteries to seaside romance, USA Today bestselling author Traci Hall writes stories that captivate her readers. As a hybrid author with over sixty published works, Ms. Hall has a favorite tale for everyone. Mystery lovers, check out her Scottish Shire series, set in the seaside town of Nairn, or the Salem B&B Mystery series, co-written as Traci Wilton. Her latest project is an Irish Castle cozy as Ellie Brannigan. Whether it's her ever-popular By the Sea romances, an Appletree Cove sweet romance, or a fun who-done-it, Traci finds her inspiration in sunny South Florida, living right near the ocean. Traci wants to hear from you!

6 Replies to “Change–doesn’t have to be a four-letter word”

  1. WIshing you the best of luck with to change or not to change, Traci. Personally, I’m not one who embraces changes, but I’m willing to take risks now and again. Just not with my living arrangements. When I had to move in 2015, it nearly broke my heart, Joe and I had 2 houses. He sold his and I sold mine, so we could buy something together, and make it our own, plus we couldn’t afford the mortgage on mine once Joe retired anyway. I was homesick for a year. Hoping you get to stay where you are, 2 blocks fro the beach sounds heavenly indeed. I’d probably wait and see what happens with the new owners and wishing you the best! Hugs!


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