Eight and a half years ago, I took a giant leap into an unknown future. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and no knowledge of the new surroundings I’d be thrust into. I placed my bet on love, and I won.
When I made the decision to move across the country to a city and state I knew nothing about, I wasn’t all that afraid. I have no idea why, but I was open to the change. It was fresh, new and exciting. I was in love. In love with a man some would say I barely knew, which was true, in a sense. But I had to take the leap and ‘do life’ with him to see if it was possible.
Eight and half years later and I can say I don’t regret that decision. It was a massive change in my life, both physically and mentally. I’ve learned many lessons along the way…some good, some bad. But all throughout this journey, I had a partner. Someone I could trust and depend on.
We’ve weathered many storms and shared equally as much warmth and sunshine, if not more. And we’re both better for it. He’s listened to me, year after year, whine and moan about my worries and uncertainties regarding my career. A career I adore, but not a job I adore. Never feeling like this job was a permanent place for me and never feeling valued for what I have to offer. I can say all of this now, because last week I gave my two weeks notice.
Change has been a constant in the last few years. And to be honest, I’m not good with change. I like to feel safe. I get comfortable. Why this didn’t ring true when I moved to Michigan, I don’t know. But in every other aspect, I tend to panic at the thought of new situations. I adapt really well, and I know that about myself, but it never seems to halt the initial worry of new adventures.
We’ve had pregnancy, birth, engagement and wedding in the last year. All exciting, and all huge changes! And I’ve loved every minute of it. But for some reason, leaving this job of 8 years frightens me! And sort of in a good way, I suppose, because it’s catapulting me into our future. Again, an unknown future, but likely eons better than the one we were facing just a few months back.
I’ve accepted a job at a new company, in a new city. And I’m excited and hopeful, and trying to channel the 23-year-old me, who took the biggest leap of faith she’s ever known for hope and love, and was 100% confident about it…I’m learning from her that change is good! It has taken me on a journey, the destination is constantly changing, because life is constantly changing, but I’m growing to like it.
Cheers to new adventures. Cheers to C H A N G E…
|From our first week together. This was the last day of the trip in which we first met. It sealed our fates together.
“Change” is the November writing prompt of The Mommy Blogger Collective. In addition to a monthly writing prompt, the collective hosts a monthly blogger featurette. This month we are featuring Erica of To the Sea. A few words from Erica — Hello! My name is Erica and I blog at To the Sea. I have a two-year-old daughter and 5-month old son. I went to school for Geography and travel is my passion. I’m also an attorney, but I’m currently staying at home to raise my kids. I love surfing and punk rock. I write about parenting, fitness, and life around the world. I love being a mommy and am stoked to be a part of the Mommy Blogger Collective! You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.