This morning my husband and I were talking about the choices we made to consciously work to live, rather than live to work. He remembered telling a friend when he was just out of high school, "If you don't like your life, change it. You don't have to be stuck in something you hate forever."
This is the choice he and I have made over and over again, independently and together. But making a better life isn't always easy. It comes with a fair amount of risk, it requires more courage than is comfortable and feels safer when faith comes along for the ride.
I had a friend, a single mom, who felt a strong call to move from Washington state to Atlanta, GA. She had some friends there and *almost* made the move years prior. It was calling her again, but it didn't make sense to her. Why leave a job she loved? Why uproot her daughter like that? Why risk everything you know for the unknown?
She and I had long conversations about this calling to move to Atlanta. She talked. I listened. I've certainly heard calls like that before, and I've learned to trust them. Yes, it's hard. Yes, it's scary. Yes, there's a lot of unknowns. But when something calls you like that, it's best to answer.
My friend wanted to take the leap and I encouraged her to do so. Not because that's what I wanted, but because that's what she wanted. It was the calling on her life, not mine. Sometimes we need help to answer those calls.
My friend ended up moving to Atlanta and, after a few bumps in the road, settled into her new life. She's getting married next month to the man of her dreams. She said to me, "I didn't know why I wanted to move, other than I wanted a change. Now I know why."
You can't make this stuff up, folks.
We don't always understand until after we pick up the phone, until after we make the leap. Creating Boundaries for the Holidays was one of those calls. It woke me up (literally) and asked to be created. I took a leap. I didn't know how I was going to do it. I leaned on friends and mentorship, especially from the great Jen McFarland.
This work stirred up more in me than I could have ever anticipated. Fear reared its head more often than I care to admit. But I'm still answering the call.
I don't know what waits on the other side, but I know I'll soon find out.
Class begins tomorrow.
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If this is calling to you, now's the time to answer.