“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
A few months ago, Matt Cheuvront, over at Life Without Pants wrote a blog post about running out of your comfort zone. Matt said, “You can do whatever you set out to once you’re ready and believe in yourself. Usually, to get there, you have to step outside your comfort zone – you have to throw away being content and rock the boat a bit until you figure things out. You have to experiment and try new things – sometimes without a back up plan. It’s not easy, it can’t always be calculated and strategic – but causing a riff every now and then and introducing a little “chaos” into your lifestyle is sometimes the only way to get things done.
That post always rang true to me and hit close to home. So close, in fact, that I’ve put on my running shoes and by the time I’m done running, those shoes will for sure be worn out! (And, P.S., if you haven’t checked out Life Without Pants, you totally should! It’s one of my favorite blogs!)
So, here’s my big news (and also the reason why I’ve neglected my blog for over a month now – I hope she forgives me): I’m moving to Las Vegas!!
I have been offered (and accepted!) and position with MGM MIRAGE Public Relations. MGM MIRAGE owns ten properties on the Las Vegas strip and I’ll be working on the hotel team, which means we’ll cover all media requests for guest rooms and suites, spas, attractions, etc. for all ten properties. It’s an awesome position and extremely different than what I’m doing now, but that’s one of the things that I’m so excited about!
By accepting this position, I’m shaking up and rocking the boat a little in my life (okay, I’m rocking it A LOT!). I’ve lived in Florida now for 23 years and I’ve had an amazing first year out of college. I’ve had a great job where I’ve been able to learn from one of the best in the public relations industry, I’ve made some amazing friends (and missed my best friends from college) and, most importantly, I’ve learned so much about myself and what I want for my future.
I’d be lying to you if I said that I wasn’t scared, nervous and excited – I’m all of those things (and pretty much any other emotion you can think of!). I’m moving to Vegas knowing only my older brother and I’ve already begun thinking about ways to meet new, likeminded friends, including Church activities, Rotary or Kiwanis organizations, volunteering opportunities, etc.
I wanted to share my news with all of you to prove that, even though it is scary, you can run out of your comfort zone and it’s really important, too. You’ll never get to where you truly want to be if you don’t. And who wants to look back on life and wonder, “What if I had done that?”
I hope all of you will share in my journey with me. My hope is to continue this blog, but in a bit of a different manner. I’ll hopefully be rebranding it and making it more about loving life in Las Vegas. I’ve also decided to start a “What not to Wear in Las Vegas” segment… I’m sure I’ll be able to find a lot of awesome (and scary) examples from tourists … so stay tuned.
And, to wrap it up, here are a few things I’m going to miss the most about Florida (besides my family and friends – they’re a given):
- The smell of fresh cut grass. Uh, Nevada is the desert, so we won’t have grass in our yard, but rather stones.
- The word “ya’ll.” And, please don’t argue with me because ya’ll in definitely a word and I suppose that I can’t take it to Vegas with me.
- Florida State Football! It’s going to be weird to not drive by Doak Campbell everyday and remember how proud I am to be a Florida State alumnus and to not be in Tallahassee to support my team on gamedays! But, you best believe I’ll be watching on TV and supporting my team from Vegas!
- Publix Sweet Tea! Publix doesn’t exist in Vegas and I’m going to have to find another brand or something to help me get over my sweet tea addiction. Or, one of my friends can just ship me some (yes, it can be done – I’ve shipped Publix Sweet tea from Tallahassee to New York before). J
- And, finally, what I’m going to miss most is Chick-fil-a!!! Seriously, I’ve been eating Chick-fil-a like crazy the past few weeks knowing it’s about to be ripped out of my life. It’s a sad story, but one of the things I’ll look forward to the most when I return to Florida for visits!
So, there you have it. I join in with Matt and encourage all of you to take that next step to rock the boat in your life. No one gets anywhere in their life or career by sticking to some old routine everyday. Have faith in yourself and good luck!