About 10 years ago I decided to pick up and move to New York. With two suitcases I came to New York and stayed with a friend who was nice enough to let me crash. The thought of moving to New York at that time was thrilling yet incredibly scary. Besides knowing 3 people, I knew absolutely nothing about New York and didn’t really care because I was young and I thought: “well, I’ll figure it out when I’m there.”
Well, I figured some things out…I figured out that Craigslist would become my best friend in finding roommates. I figured out that roommates you find on Craigslist might not give you your deposit money back. I figured out that New York can be really cold; literally and figuratively. I figured out that when it rains it really does pour because your $5 umbrella will be in shambles in about 5 minutes…and you will be soaked to the bones on a day where you just got laid off. I figured out that taking risks can be scary, (because you wouldn’t call it “taking a risk” if you knew what was waiting for you on the other side; it would be call “walking down the same old road”) but so worth it because in the process, you learn in so many ways.
Because of all those things that I figured out, I also figured out that it’s not easy to make it on your own; but when you do the feeling of accomplishment is incomparable. I figured out that New York is a place with some very warm people but unfortunately very smelly summers. I figured out that if you feel stuck, then it’s time to make a change or take some risks.
About a year ago I woke up, feeling stuck and uninspired. I remember thinking, what happened to you? Why are you so scared…of everything? With that, I decided to leave my job of 8 1/2 years, a place where I’ve learned so much and met some amazing people who I’m sure will remain friends for life. I didn’t know what the next step in my career would be, but I did know that I needed to have some time for myself and have a little fun. So I took some time off to do the things I love: travel, eat, read, drink lots of wine and relax.
It was a much needed time to refocus and think. It gave me time to reflect on life, career and also a meaningful way to move forward. And now here we are—Chalk Talk Consulting! In the month and a half that we’ve been opened, I’ve learned so much and couldn’t be more happy with the choice to start Chalk Talk. Do I wake up some days thinking holy guacamole what am I doing?! Absolutely. Do I have mini panic attacks once in a while? Definitely. But is it worth it? Undoubtedly yes.
So next time you’re feeling a little scared and a little stuck, make a change. And just maybe, the first day of spring is a good day to start…