Hello friends! As Audra mentioned, we’re back! It was a crazy spring for me with all my preparation for and then actually being out the country for five weeks, but I’m back and finally settled into my usual routine again. There’s definitely no place like home – and having a steady schedule and routine again feels good.
To put it simply, my time Down Under was absolutely amazing. The Rotary Group Study Exchange to Australia I participated in was a spectacular opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone personally and professionally. I didn’t know who I was going to meet, where I was going to go, what I would learn, what I would miss back home, etc. etc. I had to let go of the steering wheel and go with the flow. Initially, I thought it would be fairly easy and I’d have no issues whatsoever. I was wrong, but that’s okay. The payoff for the mix of sadness, sickness, exhaustion, excitement, anxiety, laughter, sometimes awkward moments, and sleepless nights was worth it. I’m now more confident in all facets of my life. Work life is great – I’ve been able to apply so much of my experiences vocationally and culturally into my daily design doings. Personally, things are spectacular too. While my time away from my hubby wasn’t needed, it sparked another level of appreciation and love for one another.
Ultimately, I’ve been inspired in so many ways…
- to travel and see/do even more new things (next time with my husband)
- to speak and present more confidently
- to be even more globally in-tune with news, events, issues and more
- to give back more to my family, friends, colleagues and community
- to take a chance … especially if I’m nervous or afraid
I love the fact that I have developed so many wonderful professional connections and life-long personal relationships and friends on the other side of the world.
All that being shared, I challenge each of you to take a step – however big or small you can manage – outside of your comfort zone. I’m not suggesting everyone needs to skip town for 5 weeks and head to Australia by any means (although its a beautiful country). Just make an attempt to mix things up a bit. Take a chance. The reward(s) will be worth it in the end.