This Fourth of July, I set off some fireworks of my own. Rather than cozying up on a blanket and watching the sky light up with friends, I spent my evening packing up my Nissan Altima and sending out those final “I’ll see you soon!” texts. The next morning I crawled out of bed, made a massive cup of coffee, hopped in the car, and off I drove! As I saw the 1,023 feet of the Bank of America Plaza fading away in my rearview mirror, I looked down at my GPS smiling, and it read: “762 mi” to Philadelphia.
My new home is located within a mile of the McDAY headquarters, just a stone’s throw from City Hall. Nestled in the quaint neighborhood of South Philly, I have begun my journey on this next phase of life and career and I cannot wait to see what’s behind the next door of opportunity.
Similar to fireworks, my move ignited vivacious color and heightened senses, as I have long yearned for vibrant, new scenery in my world. Not only was I looking to shake things up in my life, but I was ready to stretch and grow myself – and I fully believe that happens when you get out of your comfort zone. I often say, if you’re not challenging yourself, you can’t change yourself. And I certainly viewed this move through that same lens.
Change is required not only to grow as an individual, but to change the world we live in. We change and learn through our experiences and we adapt to the world around us. If that environment stayed the same forever, our world would never grow. There would be no innovation and quite possibly, no advancement in technology, creativity and ingenuity of people, and/or solving problems that we didn’t know we had.
I have made a personal commitment to self-care, exploration, and growth this year. Making the decision to move out of the city that I spent 23 years in, was a major cornerstone of achieving this personal goal. And I will say, it has been very scary – it is definitely not all rainbows and butterflies. Coupled with some out-of-control logistical nightmares, there has certainly been the expected emotional stressors that come with leaving your community/network and loved ones behind. But at the same time – I am wildly supported and everyone I have kept close to me is also rooting for my achievement.
Whether you’re witnessing firework formations light up the sky or experiencing a real shift in your own patterns, it’s all beautiful and it’s all magical. I’m sharing my personal story because I’m hopeful that somebody might read this, perhaps relate, and feel comforted and/or inspired to take a leap of their own. This has – for a matter of fact – been absolutely challenging and absolutely scary – but it has been absolutely worth it.