One of the greatest things I ever did was get out of Atlanta.
Don’t get me wrong, there really is not place like home. Atlanta is where I came to Christ, where I met my sweetheart, where I made my dancing debut, where I obtained my first byline, where I became a big sister, a high school and college graduate. Yet in the midst of all of my accomplishments and everything home has given me, I’m so happy I “left the safety net.”
Growing up, my mom instilled in me rather quickly, the desire to travel. So naturally, as I got older it never stopped. But as I got older, I had a stronger desire to not only just travel, but to really get out and experience the world. I wanted to live in different places and explore the world outside of Atlanta, Georgia. While living in Georgia was great, I knew that I really wanted to see what else was out there…and man have I.
Since graduating in 2009, I’ve lived in 4 states, traveled numerous times abroad and met people that I otherwise would not have met had I stayed in Atl. Sure there are times where I see pictures of my friends and linesisters catching a ball game, going to brunch on a random Sunday and miss it, but I remind myself of all that I’ve neem fortunate enough to experience as a result of me being obedient and moving. Because of my travels, because of me getting out of my comfort zone, I’ve fostered relationships that have pushed me professionally and grown me personally. To be perfectly honest, Sachel Samone Photography probably wouldn’t even exist, had I chosen to just exist and stay in my comfort zone.
I’ll admit…being uncomfortable is scary. Leaving what feels “safe” can be a little daunting. But if being “safe” is your way of life, are you really living? Are your dreams big enough if they aren’t a little scary?
Being temporarily uncomfortable is how we grow. Stepping out on faith, trusting God and moving when He tells us to move is how we experience the free flowing of His blessings. This week, I encourage us all to not be afraid to get a little uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to move forward and press toward your dreams…even if it does mean getting out of a familiar place and trying something new.
Take it from someone who has been there…that uncomfortable feeling…well, it may just be the best thing to ever happen to you. 🙂