One year ago I was packing up boxes at my desk.
One year ago I was meeting with people to let them know how much their friendships had meant to me over the years.
One year ago I did one most courageous thing I things I’ve ever done…I exchanged a life of routine and predictability for one filled with unknowns.
I left my amazing job of nearly 12 years to help friends plant a church…to start my own communications business…to learn more about myself.
Sounds cushy, right? Nope.
Crazy. Lost. Weak. Dense. Alone.
That’s how I’ve felt throughout the past year.
Stretched. Grateful. Loved. Fulfilled. Found.
That’s also how I’ve felt.
You see, courage doesn’t exist without risk.
Walking a path of unpredictability is hard. You end up tripping over yourself more than anything else. You doubt yourself. Question your decisions. You wonder who you are. And then you remember that it’s part of the ride. The courageous ride. The ride that shows promise of something great on the other side, even if you can’t see clearly what it is in the moment.
And, when you stop to remember the purpose, the ride becomes euphoric. It has meaning. You just need to put yourself in a place where you can see goodness and promise even in those dim moments.
My point? Opportunity is not painless. Even when it is what you know that you’re supposed to be doing. Even when you’re pursuing your passion and standing in your truth.
A year later, I’d make the same choice 1000 times over…even knowing all I’d feel. Because I’d also know the purpose found on the other side. The purpose to Bloom.
Consider this a thank you note of sorts. A thank you to Best Buy and all of my amazing colleagues…for all you plant in your people…for all I learned…for all of your encouragement…and, dare I say, all your love. A year later I still feel it. And, it helped me discover purpose. I am forever grateful.