I think we're all just trying to Get it Right* - the work/life balance, making and sustaining friendships and (hopefully) being the best versions of ourselves we can be; whatever that means for each of us. Moving to a city that is literally the farthest northwestern metropolis in the continental U.S. and what seems like worlds away from my birth state of Michigan, really puts all of these things in perspective. It's also easy to lose sight of your goals and in a way, your true self.
One of the reasons I was so excited to move here - as many transplants and even locals can agree - to experience the thriving and diverse nature surrounding this big, little Emerald City. What a constant reminder that as humans, we are so small and so young compared to the booming grid of trees, as tall as buildings, mountains that loom over the city, always in the distance and in the back of our minds. The beauty of mother nature also contains the unpredictability of mortal danger that stands, patiently waiting, behind her stunning limbs. We take the chance of imminent natural disasters every day we breathe the green air out here. But that doesn't stop the thousands of new people entering the greater Seattle area every month!
So, when we get a little lost and a little too much into a routine that isn't serving us, why not break away from habits or workplaces that aren't propelling us towards our true goals? Take a leap of faith - just like we do every day living in a gorgeous and ominous place - towards the unknown with our original goals in mind. After all, we're all just trying to Get it Right. That perfect formula of fulfillment and happiness.
For me, the value of this idea has been extremely prominent recently. Mostly, because I am willing it to be at the forefront of my mind - challenging myself into deliberate change. Because I think the challenge and outcomes of change are where we, as humans, truly shine. Moving here and finding a position within a local Pacific Northwest company did fulfill my initial financial need and brought upon a change because it was a new experience. However, as many people find (especially in the workplace), what fills the need at first can ebb and flow and sometimes, you have to find yourself moving on without it - in order to reach the potential and goals you envisioned for yourself. It isn't easy but most rewarding things in life are never easy.
I'm in a very interesting spot in my career and for a while there, I wasn't as excited as when we first moved here. I felt I lost a little bit of myself and forgot the strength I own, whether I was to fall or fly towards these goals but have the strength to own all of it. I'm transitioning towards reaching my goals and finding fulfillment in a variety of areas - work/life balance, spending time with my family and getting outside and connecting with the beautiful scenery that nature provides this area of the country. I'm looking forward to again, starting a new chapter with a new breath, an improved outlook, a feeling of closeness to my true self and having the strength and excitement to embrace change.