Yesterday I moved into my new office in downtown Vancouver. A colleague and dear friend of mine have had this move in the works for sometime now as we had a clear vision of finding a space with two offices and a waiting area. Our collaborative dream in just the right location; and we found it. What has been baffling to me though was the amount of stress leading up to yesterday’s move, which I did not expect. We all know moving is one of the top ten stressors in life I just forgot to apply this to an office move. In some ways more so because of the coordination of not just myself but of all my clients. Not to mention the headache of combining two people’s different tastes as to what the waiting room will be decorated as, making sure all my clients know when and where to go, and making sure I tell each and every one of them about my colleague’s dog who is in training to be a therapy dog (and; of course, I did forget to tell one of my clients. Do not worry… She now knows!). The movers were late and the whole thing took a lot longer that I had anticipated. Oh, did I mention it also rained. So very stressful. I did, however, do all the usual things one is supposed to do to combat and minimize the effects of this stressful event leading up to the move. Exercise. Lots and lots of fruits and vegetables. Getting enough rest and sleep. But the most helpful was to up the self-care that I talk to my clients about on a daily basis. Being with myself and paying lots and lots of gentle caring attention. Noticing and listening to me. Turning inward and nurturing all my thoughts and emotions around this move. What a gift to give to myself as each time I do this I can feel the tension in my muscles relax and that felt sense of calm come over me as I tell myself, my body, we are safe and okay. This transformation then allows the up side to this move in that I feel excited, elated, and hopeful that this new journey and all the future has to hold in my new space will be prosperous in growth for me and my clients.