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The Unknown {29/52}

I think a natural feeling that we all share is fear of the unknown. I've had a lot of personal experience with this fear, but by overcoming it, my life changed in ways that I could never have imagined. 

In 2008, just a few weeks before the market crashed, I quit my job and made plans to move to Orlando. After living in Charlotte my entire life, the thought of moving to another city was terrifying, and became even more terrifying on moving day when the market crashed. My heart sank as I watched those numbers plummet, but it was too late to change my mind. The truck was loaded and ready to go, so I took a leap of faith and moved to another city during the brink of the greatest economic meltdown since the great depression. I had no job prospects and only a modest amount of savings to help get me through until I found work.

It was scary as hell, but I learned a lot about myself during that time. I learned that I'm a survivor and I should always follow my heart, no matter how daunting the situation may seem. I eventually found a job and lived there for a year before taking a leap of faith again by moving to Charleston. I didn't intend to move here though, it actually happened by accident. The moving truck was loaded up once again and I was on my way back to Charlotte when my heart told me to stop in Charleston for the night. I fell in love this city and somehow managed to find a place to live and a job, so I stayed. And I will probably never leave.

I didn't know that things would work out, but they did. I didn't know that I would find a job or a place to live, but I did. I didn't know that by taking a leap of faith to explore the unknown would change who I am forever, but it did. If I hadn't taken that leap, if I hadn't faced my fears, then I would never have met my best friend and husband. I would never have discovered this new found passion for creating art. I would never have made all the wonderful friends that I'm so blessed to have in my life. And most importantly, I would not have become the person I am today. 

So, if you are starring into the abyss with no idea what lies on the other side and your heart is telling you to leap... have courage and trust your heart. There is a reason why we have intuition, but most of us don't listen to it. Have faith in yourself. If you embrace life and have the courage to let go of fear then a whole new world will open up for you. It's a scary thing, I know, but as long as you believe in yourself, then there is nothing you can't handle.

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