“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” -Paulo Coelho
July marked one year since I packed everything in my Nissan Versa and cried half way down I-16 while headed to Macon. Dramatic…I know, but it’s the truth. Earlier that year I made a vow to “pick a horse and ride it” instead of waiting on things to happen… and throughout the year I did just that. I interviewed in Nashville had several phone interviews…door after door was closed in my face and in the end I took an offer in Macon. Honestly, at the moment Macon just felt like the right move. My interview was right after my birthday, it wasn’t far from home, at the time–the station was drenched in my favorite color (purple) and I would have the opportunity to start as a producer.
The two weeks after I accepted the job flew by and when it was time for me to hit the road, I realized how much I dread change and fear the unknown. Macon was a risk for me…and although I would have the opportunity to grow and learn…I was starting to realize how much life would change. Once I got to work and in the swing of things it all started to make sense. My questions of why I was in Central Georgia started to fade as I was becoming comfortable in my environment.
At this point… I get to wake up every morning and prepare for my day knowing that I get to do the very thing I love to do. Even on the days I am annoyed and easily irritated–I end the day with a smile on my face knowing that somebody’s life is better because of information we gave them…down to the stories about pet adoptions!
Throughout the year, I’ve learned so much on both a professional and personal level. I’ve made mistakes, but for every time I fell–the fight to get back up was so much stronger. I know I say this often: “He always knows the plans…” but for me it is just a reminder that you can’t even dream up half the things he already has in store for your life.
Looking back–it was so necessary for me to pick up and move…sometimes you honestly have to face your fears and laugh at your anxiety. Change is uncomfortable, it’s frightening, it’s everything that you don’t want. However, sometimes discomfort is just what you need in order to become the person you were designed to be.I truly believe that I am where I’m supposed to be at this moment and it’s all because I took the leap of faith, fought my fears and trusted that His plan was greater than mine.
I’m in the heart of Georgia for a reason…and I’m so grateful to be here.
Face your fears, laugh at your anxiety… and if you fall just know that nothing beats experience! Trust His plan.