It has been so long since my last blog post. 102 days ago to be exact :O Holy shit. That is insane to me because since I’ve launched this blog in June 2016 I’ve been active weekly. It’s also such a testament to how FAST life goes. It can pass you by in the blink of an eye. I’ve had an immense amount of life changes this year, and throughout it all I have kept the mantra of “living in the moment” engrained in my head so not to miss opportunities, gifts and lessons life brings each day. Because of this, I haven’t made time for blogging.
I thought 2016 was the year full of the biggest life changes for me. Little did I know my transformation was just getting started. I left my full-time corporate job in 2016 (which seems like no big deal to me now) but at the time it was a heavy decision. It was a complete emotional journey to get to the place where I found the courage to leave a stable job with a good income and to go into the unknown with zero knowledge of where my next paycheck would come from. Fast forward almost a year later, and trusting the Universe is playing out well so far. I got used to life outside of the 9-5 immediately (shocker) and have never looked back. I trusted my gut, worked really hard, and took a lot of risks. I’ve started my own business, have grown my blog, left a relationship and have challenged myself in new ways. I am forever grateful that my intuition lead me on this path and that I got the courage to take a step into this side of life. I learned that I had to be comfortable with being uncomfortable in order to get to places I wanted to be. Personal growth requires changes and circumstances that may not make sense, but powering through is the only way we will transform into the best version of ourselves.
In March of this year I took a trip to St. John in the USVI. I had previously gone on a week vacation there in July 2016 and fell in love. I’ve been blessed with seeing many places around the world, but there is something special about this island that I recognized almost immediately upon arriving. The landscape, lifestyle and culture sucked me in and left me wanting more. Since I can remember I had the urge to see the world and live life outside of the box. To adventure seek, experience new things, people and places. I finally decided to do something about it: during my March trip I bought a one way ticket back to St John. The decision came with excitement, curiosity, thrill and a surprisingly calmness.
I booked the ticket for September, giving me six months to prepare. I decided to move to the Jersey Shore and work at a restaurant to save extra cash for my move. Between a new job, running my own business, completing my health coach certification and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, while balancing a social life in a new location and taking care of my mental and physical health, I had to put blogging on the back burner for a while. I learned that in order to focus on my goal of moving, I had to pause my passion for blogging. I could have given up other things, or burned myself out trying to do it all, but I trusted my intuition that it was okay to take a break. We often force ourselves to do things instead of doing them because we want to which leaves us feeling drained and unhappy. I blog because I enjoy it, but not because I have to. There is a difference between discipline and obligation. The reason I love writing is because I only write when I feel like it. When words flow naturally and it is enjoyable. I do it when I feel inspired and creative. With the amount of things I had going on this summer, those times were few and far between. Instead of viewing this as a step back in my “blogging career” and creative journey, I’ve looked at it as an opportunity to rest, take care of business and enter back into the blogging world refreshed. I take comfort in knowing that I trust myself and my decisions when it comes to “work”.
I really did miss blogging and plan to start up again now that summer is coming to an end. I am excited to share my journey of moving with you all and can’t wait to see where my life decisions take me. I plan to add my “St. John diary” to the personal development and health aspects of buddha and bananas and think it’s going to be awesome 🙂 If you want to keep in touch while I’m island living, sign up to be updated on my new posts! Stay true to yourselves, my friends, and life will reward you tenfold. Until next time.