New Year, New Home, New Intentions
You’re experiencing something new with me. This is the first time I’m using dictation to “write”. It isn’t the easiest process to use, but definitely works when I have something on my mind and no means to actually write it down. I think I’ll start using this more. The only question that remains: Is it still writing if all the words are spoken or is this something entirely different?
Stream of consciousness = done. Now to the meat and potatoes.
As many of you know, I just moved to Boston five days ago. It would be a lie if I said this transition was easy and another one if I said it was difficult. All I’m left with is something in the middle. I’m holding so many moments close to my heart right now. I still want to experience them and feel all the emotions so one day soon I can capture them with words, or at least pay some homage. These memories are from my last weeks in Kentucky, which were overflowing with friends and family, but at this moment, I can’t make myself express them yet. It’s almost as if once they are out on paper they are gone from my heart or maybe not as close to it, and I’m not ready. Suffice it to say those memories are full of love, joy, laughter, dancing and a little bit of sorrow layered in between. My family is special to me. I miss them in ways words can’t describe.
But Boston, I’m really starting to fall for you. The challenge of living in a new city, the daily discovery of something new, and the butterflies of anticipation for the unknown motivate and inspire me. I already feel ownership when I see the beautiful lights of that skyline across the harbor. Chris and I are finding some favorite little places like coffee shops and our replacement El Mundo. It’s not quite “home” like Kentucky, but it’s getting closer.
My deepest concern right now is making friends. We had such a great support system in Louisville, and we doubt anything will compare. We’re hoping for a few close friends, though. Since I work from home, the ability to befriend coworkers isn’t an option. I have plans to start visiting coworking spaces next week, but it’s not quite the same. I’ve even struck up a conversation with a lady on Bumble BFF, so I’ll keep you posted on my experience in the world of “online friend dating”. I continue to remind myself:
Meghan, it’s only been five days. Close friends don’t develop over night. You have to put yourself out there. Be vulnerable. Ask questions. Smile at strangers. Friendships will surely come.
Obviously I’m rambling, but my intention is to be honest and to inspire. If you’re scared of something new, then that means you should probably move forward with it. Of course I don’t mean that in a “wrong-side-of-town” kind of way. What I mean is this: if something that you’re doing brings you nervous excitement and fear, if you think that it might be impossible, if it gets you out of something that is comfortable and familiar, then you’re probably traveling down the right path. I’m reminded of this blog’s them, “The Short Life” — life is too short to pass on dreams, challenges, goals and inspiration. Try something new today; get out of your comfort zone. This will only result in growth, or at least a funny story you can share.
I know some days on this journey are going to be incredibly difficult and others will bring great joy. I promise to explore these feelings, these highs and lows with you because embarking on this kind of “adventure” isn’t always beautiful. Life is never predictable. It’s magical that way. Never wish away the unpredictability for predictability. Complacency often accompanies that journey. I’m ready to explore, to learn, and dive head-first into 2017. For me, this means cultivating my already existing friendships, germinating/growing new ones, exercising my writing muscle, following through on promises and breathing through all of it with an established yoga practice. I’ll continue to share my stories, be a little creative and as “real” as a blog post and social media will allow. What are you some of your 2017 resolution? What are some of the things you’re most excited about in this upcoming year? And what are some of the things you’re doing to get out of your comfort zone?