Ah.. my first blog post - how exciting! This post is going to be a little lengthy as I discuss my transition period. Picture this..Going from crazy, anal, type A, scheduling, planning, busy bee, to less crazy, go with the flow, still pretty anal, enlightened me.
If anyone would have told me last year that I would have quit my job, left the country, rescued a dog from Bulgaria, and would be living in Germany with Donovon today, I would have told you that you're full of shit. The way I saw it, the way a lot of us see it is, go to school, get a degree, get a job, and pay back school simultaneously while trying to build and secure a financially stable future, right? - Straying from that path, that predetermined, premeditated, socially acceptable path, that has been taught to us our entire lives, would almost always end in failure. There is only ever a finite percentage of individuals that will find success if going astray from this given path. Well I'm here today to tell you that it's BS.
Sure, that path has exceptional credentials for a plethora of individuals. It doesn't mean that it's the path that will definitely work for everyone. I say this with the notion that it would do no good to follow along, if you're living a life of stress and utter discontent. This life we have is beautiful, precious, and deserves to be full, peaceful, and happy, and that my friend, can only be achieved by one's ability to follow the heart.
Now I'm not saying go into work, quit your job, screw the bills, and start soul searching, that would be complete insanity!! ...but I am saying that it's essential that each of us as individuals take the time to do what makes us happy. If it goes as far as planning a new career path, great! It could be anything really.. take an interesting class, get in a good workout, read a book, build something, honestly anything!
For me, straying far from the preconceived path was exactly what I needed, it's what made a difference and truly opened my eyes. Aside from my work, I loved coaching volleyball, and I loved playing on recreational teams. I also loved being in great shape, having my routine, my planner, and my tight knit schedule, BUT I was still miserable. I had been at my job for five years, and I was just unhappy, feeling like I had no purpose, that I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Though I was doing other things to make me happy, what I was doing just didn't quite feel like enough.... So I jumped... I took a DEEP breath, and a leap of faith, quit my job, and moved to Australia. I'm sure you didn't see that coming!
Donovon had been away for four months playing basketball in Western Australia, the opportunity was right there..... SO I WENT!! & I LOVED IT!! It was so invigorating to hop on a 26-hour flight and head to the other side of the world, talk about outside of my comfort zone! It was beautiful, blissful, and simply unbelievable! I finally let go of being incredibly uptight, and just relaxed. We lived right by the beach... needless to say, I walked there with my coffee every morning, we checked out some wildlife, breweries, and I met some amazing people along the way.
Before we knew it, the basketball season came to an end, and I thought I'd be going back home, refreshed, recharged, with still absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, but by golly I caught the travel bug. All of a sudden we were headed to Germany, where we've been for the last seven months. Now it's one thing to travel to another country and visit for a short while, it's another to continue to live here semi-long term. I was completely unprepared, on the verge of a cold winter, packed entirely for Australia temperatures, oh boy..but guess who didn't freak out!!
I'd be lying if I said me! LOL
I totally freaked out, but what a learning experience it was! This is where the enlightenment sets in. It's unrealistic for me to preach about how easy and wonderful it is living, or simply just being in another country. It's exciting, beautiful, and undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating opportunities to have. I am so grateful, but it's also equally scary and challenging too, and those challenges are exactly what opened my eyes. Overcoming the anxieties and change that came with moving to Germany was an astonishing hurdle for me. No plans, no winter attire, and definitely no clue how to speak the language, but here I am, happy, healthy, exploring, and living. I've learned a lot about myself in this time, and I'm excited for my future and to share all of my amazing adventures from then to now with you all!
Thank you so much for reading!