Saturday, August 17, 2013


We're having a lovely summer here. Just a few days over 90, most in the 80s. I've really been noticing my OCD, unfortunately. I find that I can make myself sit with anxiety, and when I do, it goes down. But I'm also finding a lot of new general anxiety categories cropping up.

I've decided I'd like to move to a neighborhood about 5 miles south of where I currently live. I'd be much closer to my sister, and that's an objectively reasonable choice. My current house is also too big and I'm a slob, so it's too much to keep up with.

BUT, I also made this choice because of stress about my neighbor and worry about earthquake risks.

I think the best approach is to continue with a plan to move, but to make myself wait until a house I'm certain is the right choice (not in an OCD way, though :) ) comes along. I have an urge to move ASAP, but very few houses that meet my requirements come up for sale, so it could take a while. That ramps my anxiety right up, and that's the piece that I know is OCD. Patience is hard!


  1. Looks like there'a always a new thing to feel anxious about, doesn't it? It's that way with me.

    Patience is very hard for me, too. I hope that a house that is right for you comes along sooner rather than later.

  2. Sounds like a great plan. Over the years, I have rushed into so many poor decisions because of anxiety. When you recognize anxiety, but don't let it dictate your actions, that is a huge win. Really proud of you, Ann!

  3. Oh why do these decisions have to be so complicated? Good luck on your search and I hope you find what you are looking for!