Change Becomes My Comfort Zone

You’ve probably heard this quote: “Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’m not one who typically embraces change.😬 Instead, I stand back and evaluate all potential ❌hazards along the path while steering safely between the guardrails. Change can feel like driving off a cliff. I don’t like cliffs. Yet, I find myself headed straight for the edge of a big one. At the end of this school year, I will retire from teaching. 😊My years in the classroom have been exhilarating but exhausting.🥰 Uplifting, yet soul-crushing. 🥰Incredible and so worth it! 💯I’ve loved my career in the classroom, but it’s time for me to leave.

Here’s the weirdest part of this change- I am running toward it.🏃🏻‍♀️ It’s not frightening. It holds 🤩new opportunities, 🤩fresh outlooks, 🤩significant challenges, and 🤩new faces. And I’m ready for all of it!🥳

People like me who see the big picture don’t usually choose to walk away without a 📝game plan. So it’s kind of crazy that I am giddy about figuring out my next chapter. Many folks hear the word retire and think it means to slow down. To lounge on the porch with a good 📚book. To travel the 🌎world. Maybe someday for me- but not yet. I want a second act. 🙋🏻‍♀️I want a fresh adventure.🙋🏻‍♀️ I want to learn something new. 🙋🏻‍♀️What will it be? Who knows! I am investigating every avenue right now- taking away those guardrails and allowing myself to explore paths that I never had time to examine before. I’m loving the idea of working remotely, but no road is closed. There’s construction ahead with welcome detours.

So, bring on your good wishes, contacts, suggestions, and job offers. Send ’em all! I’ll take each one!😍 I don’t know where this path will lead, but I’m confident it’s taking me right where I’m supposed to land. I’m hanging out the OPEN sign as I count down to closing one 🚪door and ushering in a whole new life. What if…change becomes my comfort zone? It could happen, you know. In a few short months, I’m going to find out. 💖

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