3.5 years ago I boarded a plane. I was leaving the known for the unknown. I was leaving friends, family, familiarity. I was on a plane for New York City with 2 suitcases, knowing no one, with no job and no place to live.
Why? Because I wanted to spread my wings, test myself, experience more and be more. I had a burning desire to push my boundaries, to go to a country where I believed more opportunity awaited me...
I had exactly 90 days to make my vision a reality. 90 days to make new friends, find a job and find a place to call home. 90 days because that was all my visa would allow me to stay in America. 90 days because that was all the money I had saved for the new journey to last me.
People tell me I was brave. Was I? Perhaps. What does brave mean? Is it taking risks, it is making the tough decisions, is it having a vision and following it? I didn't feel brave. I felt terrified. I felt excited. I felt like if I didn't go, I wouldn't be allowing myself to fully live - and that was more terrifying.
So, brave or not. I HAD to do it. Past experience had shown me that if I didn't take risks, if I played safe, if I worried about the what if's....I would stay small. The pay off was far greater to DO IT.
This is what I do know. Boarding that plane, was the best decision of my life. I have learned so much about life, myself, people and the universe in the past 3.5 years that if someone had told me what was ahead of me, I probably would've said they're crazy!
It took me 92 days to get a job (I got offered 2), it took me 21 days to make some of the best friends of my life and it took 169 days to find a place I now call home. In the past 3.5 years I have got a job, lost a job, started a business, got married and adopted a dog. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Has it all been easy - heck no. Would I change anything - heck no. Has it all been worth it, heck - YES!
Why am I telling you this? Because, that nagging, niggling voice in your heart is telling you you should do something life changing. And that nagging, niggling, screeching voice in your head is telling you - DO NOT DO IT. So go DO IT! Forget the why nots, the what ifs, the excuses, the panic, the fear, what people are saying. There is only one reason you are not doing what you are meant to be doing - fear.
Follow your heart, speak your truth, spread your wings. Don't wait for someone to tell you it's ok. Board that plane and watch how you fly!