In front of me sat Britney’s latest commercial script waiting to be reviewed, next to it was an expense report from my four-week trip in Buenos Aires, and a personalized note from the president of Nintendo. I took a deep breath and looked up to watch the sail boats in the San Francisco bay from my sunny office window. What did I have to complain about, right? But in my head all I could think was, “I’ve got to get out of here.”
I was miserable; I had been for a while, and each day a feeling of guilt, confusion, and bitterness grew inside me, and it was starting to overflow.
I had started out loving advertising, but somewhere along the way I had changed, and what I wanted out of life had changed too. There was an internal force pushing me to do something different, something drastic and bold, but I was stuck.
I was paralyzed by the fear of not knowing what was next, fear of being stranded on the island of “wow – you made a giant, giant mistake you can’t take back.”
So one night after a long draining day at the office, and a few too many tears, I decided that standing still just couldn’t be an option for me anymore.
I had to find the courage to go after the life that I wanted.
And that’s exactly what I did.
I wish I could tell you I quit my job the very next day – but I didn’t. I started small, and I went from there. But oh how those small moments turned into big ones.
Before I knew it I was traveling the world … from London to Bulgaria and everywhere in-between. I started a new job that filled my need for connection, freedom, and success. I fell madly in love, and married a man who taught me how to trust and laugh again, and I did this all within one year. Pepper in some tears, laughter, mistakes, and memories – and you start to get an idea of where I am today.
From everyone, and everywhere, and everything I learned something new.
The biggest thing I learned?
Our lives are fuller when we’re brave.
And not just full of anything, I mean full of the really great stuff like love, opportunity, experiences, excitement, confidence, peace, and genuine happiness.
And it turns out that finding courage in the SMALL MOMENTS is what makes all the difference.
It’s not always the big giant leaps of faith that take us where we need to be, but often the small baby steps of bravery that show us the way.
It’s recognizing your intuition on those nights when your gut is telling you there is more for you out there.
So how will you be brave today?
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