The minute you make the ultimate decision to step out of your comfort zone, your life will change forever. So, we took a bold step. We packed up and moved countries, continents, and hemispheres. It is safe to say it was a huge move. We decided it was time to shake things up and get uncomfortable. This move was supposed to happen in 2020 when the pandemic hit. I was looking for a way out back then because I was not ready to leave behind everything we had built. I hid behind the pandemic for two years, and the idea came up again.
Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone Requires Careful Planning
Brent and I sat, worked out all the permutations and combinations we could think of, and then decided. He was shocked when I agreed, and up to now, I cannot say precisely why I did, but it felt right. I was ready this time around; I did not feel forced. Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” I heard this saying about ten years ago, which never resonated until I decided to step outside the comfort space we carefully curated for ourselves.
The first step was getting me on board; the next step was telling the kids. They, too, would have to step out of their comfort zones to make all this possible. The kids had recently started in-person school in September and had made many friendships, and they did not want to leave them behind. But thankfully, they realized they could stay in touch with their old friends due to technology, and they would have the opportunity of meeting new friends.
Now that all essential parties were on-board, the next step was the actual move. We were displaced and uncomfortable, but we kept looking forward. The most significant sacrifices produce the most effective rewards; we used this as our mantra as we pushed through.
It’s Not Going To Be Easy But It Will Be Worth It
So, here we are with our four children navigating an entirely new situation. And even though Brent and I are both Guyanese, it still feels foreign. We have not lived in Guyana in over 13 years, and it will take some getting used to. The kids have never spent more than three weeks at a time on holiday. Once the children get enrolled in schools and extracurricular activities, they will be distracted, and once our projects get off the ground, so will we. We have support from our core group of family and friends, making the transition much more manageable. The benefits of our move outweigh everything we think we are leaving behind. It’s a few short years of sacrifice that should change our trajectory in life.
If you are sitting on the fence about stepping out of your comfort zone to achieve something huge this year, I would advise getting started. The sooner you get started, the closer you are to achieving your goals and ultimately improving your life. By the way, did I mention we will finally have a four-legged family member? The kids are over the moon; they have wanted a dog for the longest while. But now that we live in a warm country and the dog can have his own space, we have agreed to a dog. So now our biggest fight is what breed, what gender, and what name to consider.
Step outside your comfort zone and witness your life change forever.