The Edge

This month I celebrate nine years freelancing with our local newspaper with my column, The Home of the Week.   What you probably don’t know is that I almost didn’t take the job.  When a friend alerted me to the opening, my initial instinct was to run the other direction.  Staying where it was comfortable instead of taking a plunge into the unknown. This opportunity propelled me to a point in my life that has opened a lot of doors for me.  Grateful, I didn’t ignore the chance.

It is true that the most life-changing choices are the ones that make you work the hardest.  They demand that you show up!   It takes courage to step out into the unknown, but I can’t imagine my life any other way.    I didn’t think I was good enough to write on a public forum for a large metropolitan newspaper, but here I am.   The people that I have met and the community outreach that I have been able to do because of this platform has been uplifting and extremely gratifying.

So, in the spirit of being grateful, I extend that to my job.  The job that allows me to work from home, have an extremely flexible schedule, and the incredible people that I am honored to meet, work with, and who challenge me to a higher standard.   It is a dream job.  To think that I almost made a decision based on fear or thinking that I am not good enough.   Instead, I took the plunge and what a ride it has been.

Those moments or opportunities that are presented to us don’t linger.  They dissolve if not grabbed.   So, I don’t want to close myself off because I am unwilling to be a little frightened or unsure in the process.   Be open to the possibilities that great things happen when you step outside of your comfort zone.

 

 

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