Fall is quickly approaching, and I could not be happier about it. Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I love the crispness in the air, and the fact that I can wear jeans and booties again! I adore all things pumpkin and basically, everything about this season. But this year, it seems a little sweeter. It was ten years ago this month that I made the cross-country trek to Southern California to start a new life. When I reflect on all that has happened in this past decade, I am blown away. God’s goodness is overwhelming.
So much fear and uncertainty surrounded my decision to move. But I had these words spoken over me and I hang onto them tightly to this day:
“Fear does not come from Me. Confusion does not come from Me.”
I had been craving healthy change and a new church community at the time. But what if it didn’t work out? Well…I could simply return to the Midwest. It really wasn’t that risky in reality. And so I went.
Once I settled into my life in LA, I knew there would be no going back. I felt like in some ways I was made for this. Beach bonfires and mountain views. The ocean any day that I want. A constant lightness in the air and a cool breeze at night. Sunshine most days of the year. Year-round outdoor dining experiences. Unparalleled beauty surrounding me. There’s so much I’ve explored, yet so many other amazing things to see. Not a day goes by that I don’t feel grateful to live here.
But I think the real reason this “anniversary” means so much is that I see how it parallels my current journey in so many ways. When I let doubt or fear creep in, I am reminded of what got me out here in the first place: a giant leap of faith. Instead of always wondering, I made it happen. What could have been is now my actual reality.
And so it is true with my present goals. They may seem lofty or so far from where I currently am, but you have to start somewhere. Nothing that is worthwhile happens overnight. I did not move to Los Angeles and instantly fall in love or make deep friendships or land the job of my dreams. But I started making connections and I worked hard at my job and was promoted twice. And after awhile, I met my future husband. Everything took time, and by time, i mean years.
But today I have the perspective of looking back. I have met so many incredible people along the way. I did end up with a job I absolutely loved. And I married a man who is by far the best of the best.
There is risk in any big decision – but there really is so much to be gained on the other side. So I am reminded today to keep on moving. To forge ahead with my dreams, passions and goals. They have been planted in my heart for a reason, and it takes time to see the fruits of any labor.