Six months ago, I started a new journey. I walked away from my job and made a pact with myself – I would write my novel, start traveling and develop as an artist. And then I decided to share that journey with you.
That’s been the best part in some ways, sharing this experience with other people who totally get it. Which is also probably the reason I put off writing this post for so long. What can I say? I’m having a little separation anxiety.
Actually, I’ve been having a lot of separation anxiety lately. Two weeks ago, I uprooted myself from Pasadena to start a new life in the Seattle area. I arrived in the Pacific Northwest after a freaking long yet somehow amazing road trip, and the reality of leaving my friends behind hit me. Then I realized I’d also moved incredibly far from my family in Las Vegas. Everyone is so far away.
These days, I remind myself of this: when one chapter ends, another begins.
So, long story short, this is my last official Stratejoy post. Personally, the fact that six months have passed since this all began, well, I can’t believe it. Can you? I seriously had to look at the calendar and count the months to be sure. (Not even kidding about that.) I left my job six months ago. I started writing for Stratejoy six months ago. I set out to work on myself and my dreams, yep, six months ago.
Looking back at where I started, I think I’ve done pretty well. It has, by no means, been a perfect journey. But I made an absolutely amazing start. And for me, for where I am right now in this moment, it actually is perfect. Because what I’ve realized is this — where I am at any moment in time, that’s exactly where I should be.
I finished the first draft of my novel. I haven’t started traveling yet (unless you count a three-day, six state road trip through the western U.S. and moving out of state), but I am making plans to take an international trip before the year is out. Writing a novel sort of took over my life, leaving my art on the back burner. I did, however, join a group for mixed-media collage artists, and I can’t wait to meet the group in August. I went rock climbing and hiking and spent more time outdoors. And I found a great language institute where I’ll sign up for French classes in the fall.
All in all, not a bad ride. And it’s only just begun. That’s the beauty in all of this. The years may be short, but the days are long. And I plan to pack as much life into each day as I possibly can.
I invite you to continue following my journey — the likely maddening experience of revising a novel, the joy of meeting new friends, the sadness of missing old ones, the love, the wins, the fails and my attempt to break all the rules. Send me an email. Leave me a comment. Tweet me. (And I may just resort to begging Molly to let me guest post on occasion.) Also, if you’re ever in the Seattle area (maybe you already are), I’d love to meet you!
Here’s how to find me:
My Blog — In Search of Squid
Twitter — @insearchofsquid
There’s a song lyric that I love. “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
And so, I’m signing off. I’m thinking of it as a new beginning. A new beginning for the next group of sure-to-be-amazing Stratejoy bloggers. And a new beginning for me, as I embark on this next chapter.
[Note from the Editor: Okay, Heather Rae, I’m totally crying over here. When I think back to your journey, the immense of amount of bravery, ups and downs, and grace in the face of some BIG changes- I get all choked up. You’re the epitome of a gutsy girl and I’m incredibly grateful that you shared it all with us. Thank you from all of us. Seriously, sunshine- You are INSPIRING. I can’t wait to say I knew you when…
And I’m ridiculously excited for our long, long lunch next Monday. To thank you in person, to give you a great big hug, to welcome you to this next part of your journey here in Seattle. I wish you all the best in the world- adventures, love, learning, and success served up exactly as you’d like it. I’m thrilled that we’re going to be fast friends here in the Northwest. Can’t you just feel it? Love x 30, Molly]