Life Unfolding

Where to next?

Where to next?

In my very first blog post, I shared some very personal dreams and goals of mine. Some of them have changed, and some have remained the same. Some are coming to fruition and some are very far away from being realized.

I wanted to give an update on that first post lest I forget: lest I forget that when we see an overnight success, chances are this person put in years of work that no one ever saw or acknowledged. I’m at the beginning of my journey and some of my goals seem so far away. These first steps are exciting and scary, but this is where everyone begins. Why should I be an exception?

I’ve left my full-time job as a teacher at a school that I went to as a child, worked at in college, and taught at for the last nine years. It’s a place that felt like home to me filled with people I consider family, but sometimes we have to leave home to grow.

I’ve left Miami, the place where I spent my elementary school years and the last 18 years of my life. I feel so blessed for the time I’ve spent there: a multicultural mecca of warm weather and beautiful beaches, but I long to experience more of America, meet new people, and create new adventures.

I know I had to take those two steps NOW. I was afraid that if I didn’t, then I never would. I might have gotten too comfortable, scared, and complacent, sentenced to a life of “what-ifs”. I knew that even if I had to go vagabonding, I had to go.

Those were the easy decisions for me, the “no-brainers” so to speak. The hard part is knowing which path to take next. I’ve been lucky to encounter few naysayers and many positive supporters who reassure me that my fantasy CAN become a reality; I CAN earn a living as a writer. I CAN realize my dream of working remotely, for myself, doing what I love!

I still believe this, but this is where the trial and error begins. The unlimited advice and avenues I could take are as expansive as the Internet itself. While I’m so grateful to live in this information era, it’s left me in a tailspin not knowing where to begin.

I’m learning that the trick may be this: begin anyway. Pick an option and start. Write.Every. Day. Adjust course as needed, but just begin.

It’s hard to commit to building my future life when I have to focus on making a living today, but I’ve got to make time to figure it out little by little, day by day. Sometimes I get scared that I don’t have what it takes, but I know I have to find out.

 

7 Comments

  • Renee Marie says:

    Gina, this is awesome! Congrats on the move. I’d like to tell you that you’ve inspired me more than you know. When I came to the U.S. many years ago I fell in love with South Florida. It’s all I knew even though I traveled elsewhere my heart would always lead me back to Miami. I left Florida 3 years ago when I joined the military and I always assumed that I’d be heading right back to my comfort zone once I got done. It’s almost time for my discharge and I’m starting to think outside the “Miami” box. It hurts to think that I can enjoy life away from home but I had to open up myself to the possibility that maybe there is life outside what I’m use to. So hearing your words confirmed for me that I can indeed take that leap of faith and open my mind to something new.
    I wish you the best with your new endeavors. I think you’d make (already doing it) an excellent writer. Your work is impeccable (coming from a communications major) so keep striving and keep us informed of your adventures.

  • admin says:

    Thank you so much, Renee! That means the world to me! May you find another place that you love! I’m excited for you! There are so many possibilities! We’ll keep each other posted!

  • Mary says:

    Wow Gena! Powerful words. Although i miss you like crazy, im cheering for you inside. You have made really hard decisions to follow your dreams and heart. That is so brave and difficult to do. I am proud of you and your writing… and you DO have what it takes!!!! You will always have a sister…friend in me. Keep on going.

  • Lisa H says:

    I am so happy to see your goals coming to fruition Gena!
    You are one of the most talented writers ever…. as if your words have soul and melody and I am so happy I get to read them and watch your unique and magnificent journey unfold!
    XOXO

  • Maggie says:

    Gena, as always, your words are honest, heartfelt, and inspiring. I wish you all best. Enjoy your journey and keep me posted. Lots of love!

  • admin says:

    Lots of love coming from three of my favorite people! Thank you for your love and support! xoxo

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