A few months ago I was reading over the “The Gutsy Girl’s Guide to Success”, from Molly Mahar of Stratejoy and listening to the radio. Suddenly I registered what song was on – it was Rihanna’s “Right now”. When I finally tuned in I heard “Tomorrow way too far away, And we can’t get back yesterday, But we young right now, We got right now, So get up right now, Cause all we got is Right Now”. It was one of those moments I know the universe is giving me a little kick in the pants.
See, when I graduated from college at 23 with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree (slight bit overachiever, yes) many of my friends went straight off to get their careers started so they could pay off all those pesky loans they had accumulated. With two degrees already I also had tons of loans, so what did I decide to do? Move to London of course! Without any contacts or job prospects, I got a 6 month work visa and bought a one-way ticket. It was my first big Gutsy Girl move and it was a-MA-zing!
When my work visa ended there, I took another journey east to teach English in Ukraine. This time I took a flight and hopped a train by myself to make my home there for 5 months. After those grand adventures, life kind of took over. I couldn’t defer my loans any longer so I had to get one of those “real jobs” that pays the bills and start working on all that grown-up jive. Several years of the kind of life where you only live to work, worn me down to a terrible kind of survival mode.
But this year is different, as I mentioned in my last post. I’m emerging from my cocoon of survival to become the beautiful butterfly form of my middle-thirties. I’m Reclaiming my Gutsy-Girl-ness and so can you!
My problem really began when I started to buy in to all that talk that the “real world” had rules and you need to follow them in order to get anywhere. Kind of like that old board game LIFE, where you had a certain couple paths you could take and you couldn’t really veer off them after you choose. There was college, job, marriage, kids; all piling in to that little (pink or blue!) car. Wow. How symbolic is that?!
Well now even that old board game got a revamp and there are other paths you can take. Don’t want to go to college? No problem! Take a gap year to explore the world. Don’t want a heterosexual marriage? Easy-peasy, have a same-sex marriage instead! The world has most definitely changed since my parent’s and grandparent’s generation. It’s cliché for sure, but cliché for a reason. Somewhere along the line, I got lost on the path to my own personal success and joy but no longer.
I’ve come out of the dark and reclaiming my light again. I can’t say I’m moving back to Europe for my third time yet, but by starting my own business I’m venturing out on a path that’s all my own and embarking on a journey no less terrifying and excited as traveling across Eastern Europe by train (remind me to tell you about the interesting border crossings).
What about you? What are you doing to reclaim your Gutsy Girl-ness? Leave a comment below to let me know!
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