We've been in a packing and goodbye-saying frenzy lately. It's such a strange feeling. This past three + years of my life have been very impactful upon who I am. We moved here so I could start my first "real job" after college. This job instantly and forcefully overtook my life in my ways. More than I've ever known anything else to. I arrived at this place as a starry-eyed, enthusiastic and naively optimistic 22 year old. I'm leaving here a bit jaded, hardened, tired and stressed out almost 26 year old ready to have her old self back. The amount I've learned in the past three years is incredible. I've learned SO much. Changed so much. I know I still have more learning and growing to do but honestly that part never ends.
This turning point in our lives is pretty big. I feel it's going to start to define who we are as individuals and as a couple. We're going to find our place in the world and that is pretty exciting. Just because the past few years of my career weren't "my place" in the world, doesn't mean that it didn't help get me there.
That job taught me who I am and who I am not.
It taught me what I want and what I do not.
It taught me about relationships with others and about the one with myself.
It gave me a new outlook on money, and "things" and "stuff"...and how much of all that I actually want or need.
It taught me how to push through difficulty, frustration and exhaustion.
It taught me about my limits and when to stop once I've pushed past them.
It taught me when to follow my brain and when to follow my HEART.
I'm excited about this change because I'm making the rare decision to follow, not my brain, but my heart. Taking a leap of faith takes a lot. We're going to prove to ourselves that it's not impossible to take dreams and turn them into reality.