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…