And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
-Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
You may be wondering why me (Brazilian born and Florida raised) and Mike (Pennsylvania born and raised) decided to say BYE to the sunshine state and head over to the ever green state. Well to start, Mike was offered an amazing promotion which would require us to move to the west coast – something we’ve always wanted to do. So yes, it is job related, but it is SO much more than that. At the end of the day, we made the decision based on these three reasons…
1. I’ve lived in Florida most of my life.
The most I’ve lived apart from my family was for 6 months when I studied abroad in Barcelona. I’m ready for a change and a new experience.Most of my family is in Florida and/or Brazil so moving to Seattle is probably the FURTHEST I could get from my comfort zone. The world is wayy to big to only live in one place.
2. We knew NOTHING about Seattle, and that’s what intrigued us the most.
We were given the amazing opportunity to literally start a new chapter in our lives together. We’re young and in love and it’s an experience I wouldn’t want to do with anyone else by my side. To get to explore not only a new city together but an entirely different coast is so exciting. We visited Seattle once (after we were committed to going) and spent the all 3 days just apartment shopping – so we still know NOTHING about Seattle.
3. I read 2 books that CHANGED ME.
The first one is “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” and the other is “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing”. Basically fear is stupid. Live your life based on what YOU want and not what is expected of you. Have the courage to live a life you love and let yourself be truly happy by following your dreams and your heart. I knew that I would regret staying in Orlando, in the norm and comfort than taking a risk of the unknown and just doing it.
Yes, moving is always scary but moving to the COMPLETE OPPOSITE side of the country is a entirely different “scary”. Mike and I are not only opening up to this change with open arms but we are completely ready to embrace all the new change and new lifestyle of the pacific north west.
If you’ve ever been to Seattle – please share any tips/suggestions in the comments below…
FYI: Mike and his dad are currently in route to Seattle by car (to bring the dog), and I will be flying out on Feb 20 to meet them there!