Taking My Own Advice

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


14 thoughts on “Taking My Own Advice

  1. I find that people usually get so caught up what they’re doing they forget to stop and breathe, looking at your own advice is what can really help keep track of what’s important, refocus their message, and grow to new levels!

  2. HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS?! Maybe cause it was published during rodeo week? We all know what was going on that week (wink, wink). I am so thrilled I was able to push you along. I mean, I was really doing it for my own selfish reasons- I LOVE your blog and I want more reading material. I am thrilled to follow you along on your journey, and I am thrilled to call you my friend. So glad we connected, so stoked for what you are about to embark upon.

  3. That’s a brave move Katie – all power to You. You’re doing what most people dream about, some people talk about and the tiny minority get off their backsides and make happen. Good luck and let me support you in every and any way I can. 🙂

  4. or just write what ever you would like to be doing … my blog is a random selection of my days here in Dublin and I am astonished that people read it … but then I read yours too and enjoyed it

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