This chapter of my life is coming to an end, actually, there are only 25 pages (days) left. I am moving away from the town that has been home for the past 24 years in order to find my next Youtopia. Actually, I have lived here longer than anywhere else. This is the place I have spent all but 4 years of my adult life! Wow, that is a long damn time. Where am I going? The first 21 days are planned, but after that, who knows. A Christmas gift to my self opened doors to move to the Wild West and explore with an open mind and heart.
24 years ago, I came to Danville, VA. A new Occupational Therapist with bright eyes and big dreams of a family and career. All of those dreams came true, just not in the way I planned. My road to having a family and career took many unexpected turns, much like life does for all of us. This town gave me friendship, love, marriage, a baby, divorce, a blended family, career expansion, divorce, loss of friendships, yoga, an incredible career, trail running, and the love of tree-hugging along with so much more. The greatest thing I learned in this chapter is that I HAVE to love myself fully as I am right now and set myself up for emotional success. Life has a way of working itself out once I get out of my own way.
The Christmas gift to my self was licensure to practice OT in all of the states that made my heart sing while on my Tree Hugging Tour in 2015. After that epic road trip, I returned to treating patients rather than managing people. Much to my surprise, treating people reminded me how much I love this work. So now, I can nurture myself while exploring the Wild West doing something that brings me purpose and joy; traveling Occupational Therapy.
I am excited and terrified at the same time. It feels like I may puke joy! I hit the road with Journey, my beloved four-legged companion, on Good Friday as I March into the next chapter of my life. I invite you to follow me on this Womanly Journey! Literally and figuratively, it would be great to have you with me. I will share pictures and blog posts as this new chapter unfolds for both of us. I am on the ledge and it is time to jump with the faith that one of three things will happen:
- The net will appear
- I will learn how to fly or
- My baggage will turn into a parachute
No matter what happens, it will be an adventure! Those of you who know me well understand that not planning is out of my comfort zone, to say the least. I understand that the magic of life is right outside of my comfort zone, and that is where I want to be; in the magic of this life! This is not a reckless trek across the country; it is just an open-ended life opportunity without a defined plan.
I thank you, Danville! You have been an amazing teacher. I am grateful for all of the tears and love that you have given me and will carry you with me forever. You are irreplaceable, comfortable, known and the keeper of 24 years of my life. I bow out gracefully while admiring your growth over the past 2 decades. I will visit so we can share stories of the good old days and compare adventures!