Going. Going. Gone.

Yesterday, I packed up what was left of my life in California.

In between errands and goodbyes, I stole an hour with my friend Jennie {yes, I reposted a guest post I did for her yesterday} and her husband Zac. They like many, asked how my transition has been, what I’m leaving behind and what I took away from this season.

Unpacking it all with them, I could see God’s hand woven throughout my zig-zagging story {no one ever said He only works in straight lines and wants us to take the easiest route from point A to point B}. Thought I’d take the time to document as much for me as for those of you who choose to follow along.

How has the transition been? 

The transition has been good.


Crazy but peaceful.

Candidly, I am pretty worn out and can not wait for the day when I get to get dressed by choosing clothes from a closet instead of a suitcase. I’ve been traveling A LOT. When I have been in Nashville, I’ve been fortunate to have an incredibly welcoming friend open her house to me and the pup and make sure we felt right at home.

The new job, well it’s perfect…perfect for me I mean. 

Most of my goodbyes were said weeks ago so I was surprised at the rush of emotions that tracked me down on this quick trip back to Orange County to close up shop. I suspect grief, joy, and fear will continue to sneak up on me from time to time. It’s just part of it, just part of transition.

What am I leaving behind? 

Dear friends. The good news is that it is really just a “see you later” instead of a “goodbye.” And in many cases trips to Nashville are already on the books. But I would be kidding myself to think that those relationships won’t evolve and that the distance won’t make doing life together day-in-and-day-out difficult.

The ocean and just-about-perfect weather. The good news is that I’ll get to visit from time to time and on those trips I’ll soak them up. {In the meantime, I’ll try to keep my complaining about the Nashville heat and humidity to a minimum.}

Fish tacos. No good news on this one folks!

 What did I take away from this season?  

Looking back, my time in California was…necessary. I didn’t know it at the time but it seems obvious now.

2011 was a tough year for me personally.

There was a lot of loss…aching loss. Moving away gave me distance and allowed me to enter a season of rest, reflection and ultimately restoration.

People say that time heals all wounds. I believe distance helps accelerate the healing process.

So hopefully sooner rather than later, I can settle back into Nashville, a world that I LOVE, with a joyful and expectant heart, stronger, more focused, and more equipped to tackle what God sets before me next.

What have you taken away from the season you are in? 

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dogs Molly and Maisy, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club.

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  • this is powerful, lind’z. praying for you as the dust begins to settle on this transition. Nashville is welcoming you back with excited, loving arms–as am I!

    • lindseynobles

      thanks alece! 

  • I guess we are glad to have you here… jk. I think I need to make you guys my famous french toast and attempt at some machiatos. Huh @gritandglory:disqus @Alliworthington?

    • lindseynobles

      Just tell me when. 

    • we can make Brinner! breakfast for dinner! 

  • Love these thoughts, friend. Right now, I think I’m seeing how God has woven a few areas of my life together- like I’m seeing some of the purpose in why things worked out the way they did. I’m sitting back in awe.

    • lindseynobles

      Cool, huh? 

  • Life Lived Fully

    … discovering your blog. love the honesty from one zig-zaggety, frayed at the edges life to another. being in His hands is scary, but ever the sweet spot of life. and yes, here in nashvegas the heat will put you a new gratitude in your heart for air conditioning:)…but at least the people  here make up for the soaring temps, right? good words to feast on for the day…. best, lindsay

    • lindseynobles

      The people definitely make up for the heat! 

  • Thank you for sharing your inner thoughts on this time of transition. I know how difficult moving can be, although most of the time it is bittersweet. Sadness for the friends and community you are leaving, but excitement for a new adventure.  Good luck in your new journey!  I will still follow your blog. God Bless!! =)

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks Julie!

  • I clearly and late to the party knowing you are back in Nashvegas.  We’ve never met, but I love following your blog and twitter.  Somehow I feel we are kindred spirits.  I’m going thru a season of healing and refreshment and understand your words so much.  As one of my favorite quotes go…”All who wander are not aimless”….welcome back to the heat and humidity! (I’m in Louisville, I get it 🙂

    • lindseynobles

      I love that quote! And thank you.

  • Congrats. I believe that God’s plan for us is never that straight line that we expect. Excited for you.

    • lindseynobles

      Thanks Tammy!

  • Congrats! Excited to see where life’s adventures take you. Blessings on your future.

  • Love processing with you friend and watching God write awesome stories with your little available life. Look forward to the next few chapters and hope to be zig zagging beside you!