I'm thrilled to be a new contributor, so I thought I'd crack the proverbial champagne bottle with a list of crazy things I've done that changed my life for the way-better.
1. Flew solo at the lunch table in 7th grade. Yes, that's right. I realized that the "friends" I had weren't friends at all and turned myself into a temporary outcast by choice. However I soon befriended much better, kinder schoolmates, and I'm positive that this ballsy move inspired self-confidence and a sense of personal ethics that have served me well ever since.
2. Went to a small college in Nashville, Tennessee, where I knew basically nobody. Yeah, this decision was touch and go for the first year what with me being a city girl transplanted in the land of Country, but I was determined to step out and give it a real shot (see item #1). I ended up with some wonderful friendships, incredible professors and, best of all, I met my husband there.
3. Moving to North Carolina with said husband after college. My family was still in Chicago at the time, and I'm incredibly close with them, but I had a feeling that N.C. (his home state) was the best choice for us. Four years later, we own our own home, can get by on way less moolah than in a bigger city, and my fam just moved here to boot!
4. Supporting the mister's career change. Three years ago my wildly academic husband—he studied Greek and Hebrew in college—went from being a youth minister to a police officer in just a few short months. Sure there's danger, and we've been privy to our fair share of tragedies, but he's helping people and growing into his own skin in ways we couldn't have anticipated. The uniform is an added bonus.
5. Quitting my day job. About that...I found gainful employement (in my field!) pretty much right away after moving to N.C., but I just resigned to stay home with my baby boy who's about to turn two, focus on getting my master's degree, and chase a longtime creative dream. The proof isn't in the pudding yet, but I can feel that this choice is gonna lead to all kinds of awesome.
How about you? Done anything nutty that turned out great?
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