I hemmed and hawed for a good long time about moving to Portland. I knew that I wanted out of small town Idaho and to experience something new and exciting. I knew that I wanted to pursue art and creativity and individualism in a city where all that is celebrated. I knew I wanted to get lost on purpose, as often as possible, and discover new joys while finding my way back to familiar territory. I knew all that, yet I was denying myself the opportunity.
On May 1st, 2012 I packed up my car and drove away. I didn't have a job lined up, and my grandma's floor was going to be my home until I could arrange something more permanent, but I didn't care. I was finally moving on with my life and embracing a life of design rather than default.
I have grown in many ways over the past 6 months, and most in ways I didn't expect, but all in ways I choose to embrace. These past 6 months I have felt more at peace, more humbled and more centered than I have experienced in the prior 30 years of my life. Portland isn't the reason for this growth, it just happens to be a catalyst for change.
I'm the reason.
I chose to let go of the control I thought I had over my life. I chose to move to a new place and open myself to whatever opportunity and experience comes my way.
I chose to live.
And of this, I am quite proud.
What is something YOU are proud of?
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