Starting something new?

Starting something new?

This morning I woke up to a text from my mom telling me that my brother's girlfriend starts her new job today (yay!) but that she hasn't found an apartment yet, she's feeling those first day nerves, and that I should send her one of my "inspiring calming notes." 

(Here's a picture of the 3 of us a few months ago on a family vacation in Annapolis)

As you know, I normally share motivational notes and encourage you to set goals and think ahead - but let's take a step back today and talk about what it's like to start something new.

I've got an analogy for you... my husband and I bought our first house in 2014 (it was the house his grandparents built in the 50s and we remodeled it and made it our own). Then come 2016 we decided to sell it! Everyone (at least it seemed like everyone) was like, "what!? why would you do that!? your house is perfect!"

We found a newer house out in the suburbs and have spent the past 2 years making it our own... and guess what!? We put it on the market in June. Again, all the responses were, "what!? why would you do that!? your house is perfect!"

When you start something new or make a big change in your life, without fail - others will question your decision (or maybe it's that voice in your head telling you that you can't do it).

Everyone thought our first house was "the one" and now they think our suburb house is our "forever house." Helpful, right!? Not so much.

This is where the hard part comes in. You have to shut all of that feedback out. Is it hard? Hell yeah. Leaving what's comfortable to start something unknown!? Something newer and bigger? It's not supposed to be easy! But only you know what's best for you and if your intuition is telling you it's time to sell the house and find the next, or to take that new job in a different city, do it!

You also have to realize that the "you can't" comments others tell you - or that you tell yourself - aren't meant to hurt you, but to keep you safe in your comfort zone! Why change something if you don't have to, right? Well, how else are you going to grow?

So... to V (and you too, for any new venture you might be starting)...

You got this! You know you do!

This job will help you grow stronger and allow you to make an impact on those around you.

You don't know everything today on day one.

You don't know where this opportunity will lead you.

You don't know where to live (haha ok, sorry, but I was once there too so I can joke).

You're not supposed to have all the answers right now. 

Take it one day at a time.

You were hired because they saw something special in you, so show up every day as that amazing person you are and see where it takes you.

I promise you, it'll be a great adventure.


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