Yes, EUROPE ! Life has a funny way of mapping things out, literally. I received so many questions and the most common question, “Why Europe?” Truth is, Ive always wanted to live in Europe, but never took the leap of faith, until an opportunity presented itself that I simply could not pass up. If someone told me a year ago that I would pause the life I had in Houston, pack my bags and relocate, I would probably think they were out of their mind, yet here I am, lol! There is something about just taking a chance and fully immersing myself into the idea of it all. I also received questions asking how I knew this was the best decision and what steps were taken in finalizing the ultimate decision. Beyond researching Europe, packing and placing my life in storage, Ive listed 3 key factors + feels used to make the decision a little bit easier!
1.Make a Pro's and Con's list
Although my pro’s and con’s list was short and sweet, it was crucial to the first step! Its always good to see your thoughts on paper, especially when you have second thoughts and need to review for reassurance. As I looked at my list I realized that my cons were not major deal breakers, so it was a go for me.
My Pros and Cons List:
- Pros: Embrace a new Culture // Adopt a fresh mindset // Travel
- Cons: Language Barrier // Will miss Friends and Family //Leave my Houston Lifestyle behind
2. Evaluate your reality and what initiated the thought of making a change
I kept telling myself “My life is good as it is”, which could have been the fear of change talking. But after careful evaluation and digging deeper, I realized that mentally, I was stagnant in my career in the corporate industry, uninspired and had no clue what the next chapter in my life would look like. I was freaking out and all over the place. It was time to compartmentalize all of the things that were revealed. In conclusion, I knew I was long overdue for change, and not just something new and fun, but something with substance and purpose.
3. Just do it!
Easier said than done, right?! Truth be told, I’m an over thinker, its just who I am, I over analyze, to the degree that some things get placed on the back burner until I am forced to make a decision. After revisiting old journal entries, vision boards and re-caping the last 10 years of my life, I noticed that I accomplished so much, but did I do the things I said I would do? Was I living life to the fullest? Living out my full potential? and if I were to look back at this year and opportunity, would there be regret? There are so many questions and what if’s but, you will never know unless you indulge in the things that are a little scary and unfamiliar. In conclusion, I had to just do it, whats the best that can happen?!
Need more? If you are looking for a good read and need a clear guide to shift your mindset, I recommend
The Invisible Chameleon
by Michelle Smith
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I hope you enjoyed reading my latest blog entry! I’d love to hear your stories and the steps you take or have taken when faced with changing areas of your life! Please feel free to share your questions and comments below.