This week I made a pretty major life change decision.
There are a few things that brought me to this place. Let’s recap!
I am a major believer that all things happen for a reason. I am about timing. I am about trusting my gut.
After having a couple weeks to reflect on our Mt. Whitney fail (not on our part, but just the overall not happening aspect) I have come to the realization that we were just not meant to be there. The mountain will always be where we left it. Yes, it was severely devastating but…
I believe there was something greater manifesting in that time and it presented itself only a couple days after we left California. No, it’s not quite an epic mountain summit; it is something a little beyond a physical achievement.
Maybe not physically or mentally…but on a greater plane. I’m not great with change (obviously) and I think I am meant to learn from that experience and grow and push myself.
I never posted real updates after day 11 on our trip because honestly, I was in a bad way. I wasn’t feeling excited or inspired anymore. I was let down and exhausted. We drove to Williams, AZ on day 12 and do you know what we did?
We popped the camper, bought a bunch of junk food, watched movies and laid around for an entire day. I ate my feelings and had a pity party and I needed it. The long drives, the strenuous hikes and the early mornings finally caught up to us and after 2 weeks of go, go, go…we vegged hard. It was a great distraction from the disappointment.
The next day, I got a FaceTime call from Scott at Gear Forward. I looked and felt like a disaster but I answered anyway. He let me know he was sorry about our change of plans but quickly voiced that he hoped he could halfway make up for it.
He proceeded to overwhelm me with some feels and then followed up with an offer to be on staff at Gear Forward. Did ya read that?! I am no longer an Ambassador. I am an employee. I cannot express my excitement and gratitude for this opportunity. It’s going to be a growing and learning experience, but I am ready to embrace it.
I have never stepped out of my comfort zone like this…my job of 15 years is all I know.
7 days ago I made the decision to step down from my full-time, 55+ hours per week job in my hair studio to go part-time. To be honest; it felt right. I didn’t think twice.
I am OVER the 12 hour workday. I can’t do it anymore. My back aches, I don’t sleep well and my brain is fogged. I am burnt out. No amount of money is worth my mental and physical health. This girl is done standing on her tired feet all day long. I’m sick of getting home at 8 or 9pm every night and never seeing Turkey until Saturday afternoons when he finally gets off from his 6 day a week job.
Which also brings me to this; I am jumping in to the world of freelance writing. It’s something I have always wanted to do and well, I’m just going to do it. Why not? I speak out about making life count and only having one go and while I mean well by those thoughts, I never truly follow them.
I’m sticking to my guns and getting more out of my life from here on out than just working the grind. I’m mixing it up. I am READY. Starting mid-September I plan to put my blog back on a weekly schedule (what do you like to see/read?!) as well as weekly Epic Social content!
So, that’s my news! I have said since January 1st that Gear Forward was going to have a big year. After LHX I began to shift my thoughts on a career change. Many ideas and doors were opened up on that trip. (But that’s a post for another day.)
Wish me well, friends! I am SO happy.
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