I MADE IT TO ARIZONA…the land of sunshine, blue skies, good vibes, and no daylight savings time! YES PLEASE! My new home on the west coast is absolutely everything I could’ve imagined it to be and more. My heart has truly never felt so happy! (probably because there’s literally a palm tree in my backyard now)
In my 22 years of life, I’ve been around a place or two. Born on a naval air station in California, grew up in a smalltown in Missouri, experienced a year of city life in North Carolina…and now here I am. AZ. Finally! It truly feels like HOME.
Ever since 2017, when Mitchell and I met, we’ve always talked about our “ONE DAY” dreams. ONE DAY we will live in the same time zone. ONE DAY we won’t be states apart. ONE DAY we’ll wake up next to each other and live in a cute house. Always knowing that’s what we wanted, but never knowing when or how we’d get there…
After many years of ups and downs, highs and lows, what-ifs and should-wes, it happened! We worked our asses off, we made sacrifices for each other, we did anything we had to do to finally reach our ONE DAY. To no longer have the 1,200+ miles between us and to know that we truly deserve this life is just so incredible! We didn’t give up on the end goal, and we didn’t give up on each other. It was all worth it!
Now enough about me and my sappy story… Let’s talk about YOU! Are you happy? Like truly/deeply/genuinely happy? The kind of happy that makes your face glow, your heart skip a beat, your friends notice and comment on, you sleep better and you wake up excited for each day!? THAT is what I’m talking about. If not, what can you do differently to get there?
I’ll be honest, I was not unhappy back home in MO. I didn’t hate my routine and dread the slow vibe of the town. I just felt stuck. I knew there was more. I knew the world was bigger and the sky was the limit! I just had to decide what to do about it–so I moved! In a matter of weeks, I packed everything I owned into my SUV…I said goodbye to my closest friends and family…I quit my jobs and I LEFT. Not one time looking back or doubting my choices.
Starting over and getting a fresh start was EXACTLY what I needed. My enneagram 7 heart can’t stay in one place too long. I can’t sit back and watch others live their life while I know that there’s more for me somewhere else. I refuse to be the one who settles and acts content with things when I know I could have so much more. Making this choice to leave home and begin on my own was hands down the easiest decision I’ve ever made. All I want is to encourage YOU to do something similar.
I understand that moving halfway across the country isn’t for everyone. I know so many people who love where they’re from and have no desire to leave. But if that’s not YOU, and you’re ready for a change… You’re tired of the same mundane life you’ve lived since high school… You don’t love your job or the city you’re in… I want to ask WHY? Why haven’t you tried something new? What’s holding you back from living the dream life YOU deserve?
Of course it won’t be easy; I’ll be the first to say that. It will be rocky at first, there will be things that test you and your limits, you might even feel nervous along the way. But sometimes painful endings bring along the best beginnings! John Green said in Paper Towns, “It’s so hard to leave–until you leave. Then it’s the easiest goddamned thing in the world.” He knew what he was talking about. Once you see how many opportunities are out there, ready for you, your eyes will be opened and you’ll be more in love with the world than ever before!
Don’t worry about the people who aren’t happy for you. They probably aren’t happy for themselves either… It’s time to write a new story; YOUR story! I’m telling you, my skin is so much clearer, my mind is more at ease, my stress and anxiety is low, and my heart is beyond full! I never knew a life this good existed for me, but I took the risk and went for it. Just like I know YOU can too. Life is short, and if there was ever a perfect moment to follow your heart and do what makes you happy, that moment is NOW.
Unit next time,
Stay moving forward, darling!