Do the BIG SCARY THING…It isn’t that scary!

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Wow! It’s been a minute.

In the past couple months, I’ve been prepping to move 1700 miles across the United States for grad school. This meant spending time and saying goodbyes to my closest friends and trying to get ready for the unknown.

The reason I started this blog, which you can see in my first post, was to document my life. Nearly a year ago, I wrote a post about making huge decisions that would affect my future. Ultimately, I’m following my dreams but that doesn’t mean I’m without fear of the future. Will I do well? Do I have the knowledge base I need? How will it be to be so far from my friends and family? All valid questions that I asked myself in the last 11 months.

So now I’ve been in Colorado for nearly a month and I’m realizing that yeah, it was a huge change and not without risks but what I’m realizing more so is that it’s not as scary as I thought it would be. Huh? Wait, what? It’s not as dramatic and life-altering as your brain made it seem? Lol @ me.

Honestly, it’s been a breath of fresh air! I’m meeting new people, experiencing and exploring a new, beautiful place (holla at FoCo), and I’m enjoying this freedom to finally, truly pursue my dreams. Am I completely without stress and anxiety? Hell no! I worry about finances as being a grad student isn’t cheap. I worry about finding a job in a place I love afterwards. I worry about how well I’ll do in my classes, when others seemingly have more background knowledge than me. But I think it’s so important to remind myself that I have a valuable skill set, I’m open-minded, I’m flexible, and I’m f*cking brave! I mean hell, I uprooted my life to pursue my dreams, so I’ll be damned if I’m not going to succeed!

I want to leave you with this…if something doesn’t scare you, at least a little, it might not be for you. I want to encourage you to not let fear prevent you from pursuing what your heart desires. Fear is a nasty, little bugger and it likes to make mountains out of mole hills, so if something really sets your heart and soul on fire, even if it scares the hell out of you, go do it! I mean, be reasonable and think it through, but do it. Experience life and don’t hold yourself back! I don’t know how long I would be stuck in a job that I didn’t love or feel fulfilled in if I didn’t just take a leap. So leap on!

As always, Stay Inspired!

Love,

Ashley

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