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How I Got “Unstuck”

I knew I didn’t want to stay in Washington forever from a young age. I can remember discussing it with my boyfriend even back in high school through college and after. But the way I finally said good bye to the scenic views and gloomy weather was different then I imagined. 

I was like many people going through a period where I just felt stuck. I was in a deep rut and unsure of how to get out. I loved my job. The work, the people and the hours. But sitting in that cubicle every day and seeing some of the people around me who’d been in the same place for years, I began seeing my future and… I hated it. I kept telling myself that change was going to come and I was going to do something big. I was waiting for something to happen, an opportunity to arise or a sense of calling on my heart. 

Then I was reminded of this quote. “Destiny is for loser’s. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen, rather than making them happen”. Now I know some of you might recognize this quote from my constant quoting of Gossip Girl, but some of the quotes really resonate. The reason this one made sense to me was because, let’s be honest, it’s true. I asked myself, why was I waiting for something to change my life when all the resources I needed to do so were right in front of me.

When I made the decision to leave my current job to move to a different state without the promise of a job it was scary. I even considered just switching offices. But I know I needed to get out of the field I was in and find something new. 

Luckily within the first week of being here I found exactly that. After a few weeks of being around the people I work with and the meetings, conference calls, and of course actually working in the field I can say that I have never felt more blessed and happy that I made this jump. 

I really hope this post is helpful to someone. Sometimes  you have to go out and get what you want. If it’s not part of your destiny you’ll find out along the way, but at least you can say you got out there and tried. To my cubicle loving friends, I miss you all and hope you are enjoying your casual Friday’s cause I really miss them! 

Always, Ash

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