As I pull onto the freeway, rain beats down on the truck. My brother-in-law, George, is in front of me, driving a 26ft truck with trailer towing my car. I’m following him, driving a 15ft truck. Moving Day is FINALLY here!
Driving through Oklahoma, I have plenty of time to reflect. This move has been a goal for some time, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it feels very surreal. My life has been impacted in so many ways over the past 21 years, I take a moment to give thanks for all it has provided.
Both of my children were born and grew into the wonderful adults they are today in Oklahoma. They are my heart and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to bring them up in a safe, small town environment. I especially value that, because of the opportunities that my life path afforded me, we could experience travel and adventures together.
Although I unfortunately experienced two divorces in Oklahoma, I thank both for my beautiful children, the happy times we had together and the strength I gained as a person during those years. I’ve had my most significant relationships here and they have helped to make me the person I am today.
Professionally, I found a job and with the support of a wonderful work and church family and friends, I grew in confidence, completed two degrees and found a career that I love doing each day. I also was encouraged in the past few years to step out in faith and pursue a dream of helping other discover their passions through helping them organize their lives and spaces.
I met and formed lifelong friendships with some amazing people that for me are more like family. No matter where our lives take us, we know we are always there for each other.
Next to my children, my most significant experience in Oklahoma was my battle with cancer. It was a very difficult time, a scary time but it also changed me in a way I can’t quite express. I became a little less fearful. I learned that you shouldn’t let anything hold you back. Cancer deepened my faith. Cancer gave me the courage to put one foot in front of the other and develop my passion for running and fitness which has been such a driving force and sense of identity for me.
As we cross into Kansas a smile crosses my face. I give a little prayer of thanks to God. Oklahoma, I am glad to be moving on to the next chapter of my life, but you will ALWAYS hold a special loving place in my heart.
About the Author
Mikaela Hicks is a Professional Organizer and Online Coach with Optimal Life Space. By day, she helps people transform their homes, offices, and bodies. When she's not removing clutter, you can find her writing, training for a marathon, working in her flower beds, or spending time with her granddaughter.