Come on an adventure with me, will you?! 🚲 It was 3 years ago on this exact day (March 29, 2017) that I pulled out of the driveway and started my drive down here, to move to San Diego, CA from Walla Walla, WA. My first time living in a new state after spending the first 30 years in wonderful WA. I love where I grew up, and I do sometimes miss the lush, green, dense (but soft) grass, and beautiful evergreen trees 🌲 but moving to San Diego has been the best decision of my life!
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After finally accepting that I didn’t like where I was living, wanted to move to San Diego, and had the ability to change my circumstances, I took a moment of courage on February 17, 2017 and announced to a very small group of people that I was going to move to San Diego by April 1, 2017. And while I hadn’t explicitly said this was “for their ears only” 👂 at the time, it was during my final weekend of leadership training, and everything shared there was supposed to stay there. I guess not everyone got that memo, and it wasn’t 24 hours later that I had a post on my public Facebook page, congratulating me on this new adventure. While her sentiments were sweet, I was a bit miffed, if I’m being honest 😑 Why couldn’t she have just sent me a private message? It was NOT her place to tell the world my personal plans! And now it was out there for the world to see 😟
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I hadn’t yet shared with my own family that I was moving. Partly concerned of disappointing them (although my mind was already made up that I was for sure moving…and, they were wonderfully supportive!) – and partly the fact that I had just come back from a very intense/long weekend and I hadn’t acclimated back into my life yet. As it turns out, her post was indeed how they found out 🤦‍♀️
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This was supposed to be such a huge, brave, fun adventure, and, from the start, it didn’t go exactly as planned. It wasn’t as smooth as I envisioned. And it happened quicker than I thought, involving a few unexpected people. Isn’t that just so often the case though? We can make plans, and plan how it’s going to look, and plan how we’re going share it with others, and plan this, and plan that, and plan some more….and then the simplest thing (or a huge curve ball) can totally knock us off track or discourage us.
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BUT, it’s still up to us to keep showing up, even when things don’t go as planned. Even when we don’t know the how. I saw a sign the other day that said “stubborn on the vision, flexible on the path” and it stuck with me! Let us be stubborn to stick to our vision, and flexible to know it can happen in a multitude of ways!
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It may not have gone how I thought, but I’m HERE, and I’m loving it! AND, I did indeed drive into town on April 1, 2017. It’s been an incredible 3 years! What’s something you’ve been wanting? What if you could look back in 3 years and say “I’m so glad I did that thing!”? Go for it!! Now’s the time!
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