You know how people say “It will happen when you least expect it”? And half the time you walk away thinking it will happen to everyone else but yourself? Or wondering how you will stop expecting whatever it is that you want? I’ve been there a few times over the years and have come to the conclusion these things just happen to other people. Until a few weeks ago – when I received a phone call that flipped my life upside down.
For the past 24 months or so, I had been making efforts to change my work life: from looking for new opportunities to challenging myself to be more professional by working on emotional intelligence. There was a period where I was trying my hardest to find a new job in order to remove myself from some unhealthy (mentally) situations. I went through circumstances that allowed me to have some experience and growth, but it seemed I was being kept in the same spot. This allowed me to have the courage to stand up for myself and challenge some misconceptions people had about me and many of my situations changed for the better. Relationships were improved or repaired, and I felt I was “content” in my work situation. However, it’s amazing how life can change your perspectives. Even though I was in a good place, I was now aware that I would be open to other opportunities if they became available.
Then came a phone call a few weeks ago. A long-time friend of mine from the industry gave me a ring and wanted to know if I would come work with him. In a place which will allow me to grow and learn more about the industry, while giving me opportunities I have only dreamed about. To his surprise and mine, I said I was interested. To make a very long story short, I accepted the position and will be moving in a few weeks to go out west. To work. And live. In Colorado. Colorado!!!
These past few weeks of being pursued, interviewing, analyzing options, and making a thousand decisions a day, have been challenging and exciting. I can’t turn my brain off – it is so used to planning and coordinating things, and this will be the biggest event I’ve ever attempted. It has to be one of the most mentally exhausting things I’ve experienced, but it is so fun to make new plans in an exciting new place.
There will be so many opportunities for me to learn and grow, both personally and professionally – I am so looking forward to it. There will be difficult days ahead I know – but I am dwelling on the new places I’ll be able to experience and the people I will meet.
Want to know one of the best things about this? It is something I have always wanted to do and never had the courage to do it alone. Living in a gorgeous place and working for someone who is willing to port me across the country to do so? Sign me up please! There have been times where I was thinking I could do this, but with someone at my side, along for the ride. But I’m here in the now and that’s not the case. And you know what? It’s a good thing. I’m not scared, I’m excited. I can do this because I am single. Because I have mobility. Because it’s an adventure I want to go on.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is to not be afraid to do something because you are single. Because you think you are alone. You’re actually surrounded by more friends and support than you’ve realized. You can do it. Go experience life. It may or may not work out. Who knows? I may be wishing for East Coast life. But you know what I won’t have? Regret. That I didn’t try it. That I didn’t have this experience and the new ones ahead. Because I did do it. I did try. I am going to experience more of what life has to offer.
Each step of this situation has been a leap of faith. And each step is working out in ways I could only imagine. In a way that is giving me the peace and assurance that is the right step for me. I can’t wait to see what is next, even though I have no idea what it may be. And that is why this is the epic adventure.