Today is the two year anniversary of my move to San Diego. It’s been two years since I packed all my belongings in the back of my Pontiac, buckled my dog in the front seat next to me, and pulled out of my parents’ driveway, my mom and sister waving tearfully from the curb to see me off – two years since I hurled myself out of my comfort zone – two years since I embraced this new adventure with open arms and an open heart.
I remember how nervous I was to leave home. Always indecisive, I tortured myself with the decision to go for weeks. I was anxious, irritable, and unsettled. I had come to a crossroads, a point in my life where I knew I needed to push myself, to stretch and to grow. I knew it would be a mistake to stay in Colorado, and yet I had so much fear and resistance to leaving.
But looking back, I can say with confidence that making the move to the unfamiliar and beautiful city of San Diego was one of the best decisions of my life! I’ve gained so much in the last two years, and the move shaped my life in ways I could never have anticipated.
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I think we all know what it feels like to watch someone else really go for their dream, while saying quietly to ourselves, “great for them, but I could never do that.” And yet, the move to my dream city of San Diego – a place where I had no close friends or family and had visited only briefly – energized me, empowered me, and made me realize that I did do that, and I can do it again!
Oftentimes our most worthwhile aspirations are lofty and intimidating. They may require us to take big risks and to get uncomfortable, but it is in this space that we find strength and confidence.
I am the author of my own story.
Every story has a setting, a time and place in which the main character’s life unfolds. I was born and raised a Colorado girl, but that doesn’t mean I am required to stay, or necessarily that Colorado is the best place for me to thrive. There is something incredibly empowering and exhilarating about choosing my setting. After all, this is my story, and I have the capacity and responsibility to create for myself a life that sets my soul on fire!
Vulnerability looks good on me.
I’ll admit, I am still working on being more open and vulnerable. But there is really nothing like being in a new place, without the tried and true convenience of reaching out to my parents or sisters when I’m in need of help or craving company. San Diego helped me to open myself to new people and experiences, ask for help from acquaintances, and cultivate curiosity.
Without a little bit of faith and vulnerability, I wouldn’t have met and become friends with so many amazing people here in San Diego. I now know the potential for new friends and incredible memories is limitless, so long as I remain open and willing to possibility.
Have you taken a leap of faith by moving or making another big life change? Share your story in the comments below, I love to hear from you!
Wishing you health and happiness,