“Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
~ David Lloyd George
When I was ready to move to warmer climate, I was really ready. Stick-me-with-a-fork-I’m-done kind of ready.
Winter had just begun in Iowa (October of 2010) & yet, I was already sick of the cold. I decided at that moment it would be my last winter in a cold climate.
Now that I’ve been in Phoenix for 7 months & feel a bit more settled, I’ve had time to reflect on all the changes that have transpired in my life.
One thing I noticed is how long it took me to actually make the move. A move I’d talked about on & off for about a decade. There’s no doubt, that leaving friends & family played a part in slowing me down.
But I also came to realize there was something else holding me back. Fear.
Previously I was looking only at safe ways to make the move – i.e. have a job lined up prior to moving. Like the quote above says, I was trying to cross a chasm in 2 jumps.
I chose to accept uncertainty & have faith that all would work out as it should. Once I decided on that approach, everything related to the move accelerated.
I was looking for part-time income to keep me afloat as I built up my business. Within a few weeks of arriving, I was offered a part-time teaching position.
What at first looked to me like years of failing to make the move, was something else entirely. It was an opportunity for me learn. I learned 2 things.
First, how to be shoulder-to-shoulder with the fear & not run the other way. Second, to take that leap of faith & trust that all would work out as it should. And it has.