Last spring I was on a career path. I had graduated a semester early from college, was earning my masters degree in sports management, and had a job that most people would die for. I had an amazing boss who wanted me to be successful, and a co-worker who had become one of my best friends.
But they say hindsight is always 20/20 right?
Since the day I left Charlotte, I was so focused on getting back, that I couldn't see how blessed I truly was.
I forgot that I had worked so hard during my college years to get exactly where I was. I already had my dream job.
Last March I wrote this post, announcing that I was leaving NASCAR (the first real job I'd ever had and the only sport I'd ever worked in) for a new opportunity in Houston.
Last night I was reading this email that my mom sent me after I took the job, and she was so right. Aren't they always?
If anything, this move has taught me exactly this.
I've learned what I love and know exactly who I am. I'm a girl who gains so much fulfillment out of my career. I love the sports industry, and I truly believe that no amount of money will ever be greater than doing what you love.
If I never would have left, I might have never been able to appreciate it.
The opportunity in Houston has been great, anyone would be lucky to have the job that I do. I've been able to enjoy some time with my family, from sleepovers with my little brother, to home cooked meals with my parents, and girls nights with my sisters-in-law, and for that I'll be forever grateful. If I'm honest with myself though, I didn't listen to my heart when I decided to make this move.
So, yesterday I resigned from my job and decided to move back to Charlotte. My heart is in the Carolina's and I have a passion for racing. It's the most amazing industry to work in, and people often don't realize what a huge business is behind the sport.
I don't have a job yet, and it's scary.
For the first time in a long time I'm not the one with a grand plan, I don't have it all together, or my next steps mapped out, but it's okay. I'm learning to listen to my heart, and I've never felt happier. From the second I made my decision I've felt a sense of relief, like it's exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. I don't think that God would put a desire in our heart, if he didn't have a plan, and I'm learning to trust him.
A buddy sent me this verse last night, it's one of my favorites. I don't know how he knew, but it was exactly what I needed to hear.