There are six Shaughnessy siblings and at the point that you’re going to be meeting them, seventeen years has gone since they lost their mother and we see how this still affects who they currently are. Each book will not only introduce you to an individual Shaughnessy as they navigate through their life and eventually find love, you get to spend a lot of time getting to know the rest of the family, as well.
Zoe Dalton, my heroine in Made for Us, has moved to small town coastal North Carolina to get a fresh start. She was born and raised in Arizona, but once she loses her mom to cancer, she decides to take a risk and go someplace to start over. And that’s what we’re talking about today – steps for starting over.
10. Figure out what you want. This is probably one of the most important things. Why are you wanting to start over? What are you hoping to accomplish? What are your dreams? You need a good starting point.
9. Don’t do anything rash. Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is to make this big change as soon as possible, like you’re in a hurry. That’s not always the best way to do it. Really think your decision through so there are no regrets.
8. Do your research. People always say they’re just going to pack up and go, but really, you need to do your research so you’re not continually packing up and moving in hopes of finding the right fit. In this day of technology, go online and research the places your thinking of and find something that fits for what you want.
7. Nurture your relationships. If you’re going to move away, it’s important that you spend time with the people who are currently in your life that mean something to you. When you leave, they’re still going to be a big part of your life – even if it’s long-distance. They are going to be your encouragers, your cheerleaders and just because you’re moving, doesn’t mean you have to cut them out of your life.
6. Make sure all of your things are in order BEFORE you leave. Rent. Bills. Utilities. Anything that you are moving away from should really be taken care of before you go. You don’t want to drag financial baggage with you if you can help it. You’re starting fresh. It’s a lot easier to do when you’re not being pulled back to your previous life with negative things.
5. Stay Motivated. There are going to be times when you are going to want to give up because it’s so hard, but you can’t! Nothing worth having comes easy! Know that you can do it and every day it’s going to get a little easier.
4. Don’t look back. You cannot change your past, but you can change your future. Always look ahead. Simple advice but very true.
3. It’s okay to be scared. You’re moving to a place where you potentially don’t know anyone or where anything is. It can be scary and overwhelming and it’s okay to feel that way. As time goes on, you’ll make new friends and finding your way around will get easier. Embrace the scariness! It will be gone before you know it.
2. Do it for you. Don’t let someone else tell you you have to change. The decision to start fresh and start over should be for no one but yourself. If it’s not, you’re never going to find what you’re looking for.
1. Love yourself. You’re pretty awesome and you deserve to be happy. Give yourself a hug and know that you can succeed at anything you put your mind to.
Made for Us (The Shaughnessy Brothers #1)
by Samantha Chase
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother's untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he'd like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?
She'll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it's not easy to break down walls you've spent years building up. Now there's a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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