I realized last night that I moved to my city five years ago this week. My move was a big deal for me. I was moving completely out of my comfort zone, and moving more than an hour away from everyone and everything I had ever known. I was engaged to my current husband and the boys and I were moving into his condo. He owned in a lousy real estate market, so we packed up for a fresh start and this renter moved and was ready to experience a new challenge in a new area.
The move was filled with drama, as my family members weren’t happy that I was moving. I took a lot of heat for the move over that summer, but I had to have faith that I was making the right decision. It was hard at first. I needed Mapquest directions to get to the pediatrician and I remember missing a turn the first time I went to Target by myself. I had to learn my way around and make new friends. But I can honestly say that, five years later, it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Getting out of my comfort zone was hard, but I think it’s something we all should do from time to time. Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and trust that we are making a good decision, no matter how out of the box it seems.
I can say the same thing about going back to school. I felt really uncomfortable and unsure of going back to school as a 35-year-old mom, but now I can’t imagine not making the decision to go back. I know I’ll be a more comfortable student this September than I was last September!
And by the way–my husband jokes that I now know my way around our city better than he does! I got comfortable quickly!