About 18 months ago, my husband and I decided to shift from our career focused and slightly isolated lives in Florida, to a more family focused life back in our home state of Wisconsin. We made the move to Madison 6 months ago. I found that once we moved I was immediately free from any of the self-prescribed labels I had within the 14 years we lived in Florida. What an amazing opportunity.
If you know me well, then you know that I am no stranger to self-reflection. I thought I already had a very deep understanding of myself, and the things that brought me joy…. but since our move, I have been on a journey that even I would never have expected. One of my closest friends somewhat jokingly wrote to me: “Florida had you all wrong”. I think the truth is that for the 14 years that I was in Florida, I grew and transitioned many times. Each transition brought me closer and closer to my authentic self. This latest transition is just another step. The key is staying open to the opportunities that change can bring.
The question is: Who would you be if you moved across the country to a city where no one knew you? What would you do with your life without the expectations of others (and yourself) hovering over you?