A year ago today I moved into my new apartment in Austin. Dang. Where did the time go?
It feels like an entire lifetime ago that I was packing up all of my worldly possessions and leaving the only place I had ever lived in. A few days shy of a year ago, I was driving a U-Haul from the Bay Area to Austin, through some of the most extreme conditions I've ever experienced (looking at you, Phoenix heat and New Mexico freak downpour), and starting a new chapter in my life. About a month shy of a year ago, I left a dead-end job with no prospects and no opportunity for growth. A job so unfulfilling and soul-sucking, even I don't know how I survived it.
What a difference a year makes!
I've spent the last 5 months of my new life here in Austin in the most amazing job I could have ever asked for. I have a future now in the industry I love. Every moment of my days is filled with something new to learn, an interesting challenge, an opportunity to prove myself. I'm surrounded by people who are so passionate about what they do. I have a chance to grow in ways I never imagined I would have. I end my days feeling utterly fulfilled.
Was it hard to leave (almost) everything/one I love? Yes. Was it scary? Absolutely. Would I do it again? In a heart beat.
Stepping out on a limb and taking the plunge like I did a year ago was the best thing I could have done. Only by challenging ourselves do we truly grow. Only by trying something new do we figure out who we are and what we want to be. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to pick up and try my fortune elsewhere, and so thankful for the support I've received from so many.
It may feel impossible to get out of your rut and your anxieties will fight you every step of the way, but you should try it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Where do you want to be in a year? What will it take to get there?