For the past few weeks I’ve been a mix of emotions. I have been stressed, nervous, excited, scared, sad, happy, you name it! Every time I go to write a blog, I just sit there and stare at blank screen (talk about productivity at its finest). I have so much to write, but couldn’t seem to get my thoughts out. I’m a college graduate now, and I can’t even write a blog. What is wrong with me?!
But, alas, I found some saving grace. Last night I finally had the opportunity to meet Kristin Stith (I emphasize the finally because between our two crazy schedules it was like trying to set up a meeting between Lil’ Wayne and the President of the United States). Kristin, who is equally as cool as Lil’ Wayne, is a graduate student at the University of Nevada. We first connected via social media and knew we had to meet each other. We have a lot in common in that social media has done wonders for the both of us, and not to mention she is from So Cal, where I am moving in a few short weeks. While we were eating our delicious gnocchi and baby octopus (yeah… that was my first reaction too) at Campo, I was soaking up all the wisdom and knowledge she could give me.
It was at dinner that I realized I need to start taking my own advice. Here I am, freaking out about moving to a new place, leaving a job I absolutely love, and entering a whole new type of career. If I was another person giving me advice, I’d probably slap myself for being such a sissy.
Of course, it is scary to pick up and move from the place you have lived your entire life. I will undoubtedly miss my friends and family, and I’ll even miss this Biggest Little City too. However, I know that the changes I am about to make will open the doors to something great. For some people, coasting through life doing the same thing day after day is a perfectly fine way of living. For others, life involves risk-taking and dedication to move forward and upward. To each their own, but for me, I’m more of the latter.
I spent four years of my college career working my way through school at a huge company, climbing the corporate ladder and playing it “safe.” I worked hard, I got promotions, and I did whatever I could to make the management happy. A light bulb came on for me when I studied abroad in Spain last year. For five months I lived off savings and loans, traveled my heart out, and met the most amazing people. When I came back to the states, I went back to work within a week, and it was like I never left. Except this time around, I knew I needed to make some changes. I wasn’t passionate about my work; I was just going through the cycle. About 9 months ago, I found an opportunity to work for the company I am with now, and my life was changed once again. Never did I think I could work for a place with so much unity and purpose. Although I am leaving them to follow my own passion, I will take away so much from the experience I have had here.
Decisions aren’t always easy to make. Let’s face it, life isn’t always easy in general. But the hardest decisions and the most difficult obstacles create a feeling of accomplishment that no easy task can give you. From here on out, I’m going to take a piece of my own advice. I’ll stop wondering what if things go not-so-according-to-plan, and instead look forward to what will happen if I put my mind to it and follow my dreams. I hope you will follow along for my journey, as I write about my move, my new job, and anything else I can conjure up a blog about.
“To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.” – Wilson Mizner