The Most Important Lesson I've Learned

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.
It's taking a lot of strength and courage, but I'm trusting that God has a perfect plan for me, I just need to be patient.


ifs ands & Butts said...

Good luck! I'm sure you made the right decision and you're off for an exciting adventure!

Lindsey said... are so brave. I applaud you for that decision...i wish you the best in Charlotte. I loved it there!

Empirically Erin said...

Wow Bri! I'm so excited for you! This is a huge decision and I'm so glad you're following your heart. I did this once too with New York. I left and moved to Vermont but knew that my heart wasn't there. My heart was in New York City. So I went back and didn't leave again until I absolutely knew it was right. I'm sure you'll have no problem finding a job again and everything will work itself out.

Kait said...

I love this post, because as a fellow sports industry girl it spoke right to my heart. I did the same thing and left a sports franchise in Detroit, to take a more lucrative job at home in Pennsylvania. That was back in February and I STILL miss it. Don't get me wrong, being close to home is amazing..but not the same. You're so right--there's no pricetag on loving your job.


Ashley said...

Good luck!!

Boy, I can certainly relate to ya on this one. A year ago this past August I made the biggest decision eveerr. I moved from North Carolina to PA for a job. My time being away from family and I had just ended a 10 year long relationship. This move has taught me A LOT and strengthen my relationship with God. I prayed for years to be closer to him and this move was just what I needed. Just me and Him. I recently got a promotion with the same company which allows me to work from wherever since I'll be traveling so much. God certainly has a funny way of answering our prayers in his timing.

Alex said...

Best of luck to you, Bri! I know it's scary, but I have no doubt you'll be successful in this move back to Charlotte :)

Katie said...

Wow what a big step but I know you can do it! I understand how you are feeling and hope that God brings you a great job and a sense of peace and comfort!

Alyx said...

1. I LOVE that quote from your mama.
2. You are amazing, you'll succeed no matter where you go, it's just a matter of time (a very short matter of time)
3. If you ever need anything, I'm here for ya! Good luck with the job hunt, and go you for following your heart. Things will work out.

tara said...

good luck, girl! i just know that everything will work out for you!

Meg O. said...

It really take a lot of guts and heart to do what you're doing. I think it's amazing that you are really following your heart without any reservation. God is definitely going to put you where you need to be. Of course I'll be selfish and say I will miss seeing you, but I am so happy to hear how this journey will go for you!

Darby Hawley said...

Oh Bri! Of course I will miss you so much, but I am so thrilled for you and the next phase you're about to enter. I know that He has a great plan for you in Charlotte!

Meg {henninglove} said...

good for you for trusting God and letting Him choose your path for you, that is something that will never be regretted, no one has ever said man i wish i had picked my own path rather than God's, his way is always best!

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