Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A New Day, A New Year, A New Look for Jane

My Colorado Family in a Nutshell
It's funny how anniversaries sneak up on you. Shouldn't you see those coming?

I've been hearing my parents and grandparents say that time flies for years. It wasn't until recently, though, that I've started learning how fast it does actually move, no matter if it's often mistaken for a cliche. Is it because my concept of time is different than it was as a child? Is there an age that we start realizing how short life can be, and how often we can take things, even memories, for granted? I'm not sure, but I do know that I spend more time reflecting on the memories that can be packed into a short amount of time. This last year in particular.

Today officially marks the day that I arrived in Colorado a year ago. After saying goodbye to family and friends, I embarked on a roadtrip out to this state in pursuit of a new job and a dream I'd been crafting for years. After being privilege to countless adventures, meeting some amazing new friends and colleagues, and even falling on my face a few times, I can say without reservation that every day has been worth it.

It seems fitting then, that on the day of this "new year," that What Would Jane Do gets a bit of a facelift as well. Having had this space for almost two years--in which I've been able to dispense advice as I've learned it, and rave about every new tea I've tried--there have been lots of changes over time that I think are better reflected in this new update.

As I sit here writing this on the porch of my home, it's quieter than to be expected for a place so close to the university. It's an old house, complete with hardwood floors, a clawfoot bathtub, and a linoleum kitchen floor that has seen better days. It's as quirky as only old houses can be, but it's home. And if there is anything I've truly learned in the last year, it's these kind of moments we have to make time for; otherwise, they slip by unnoticed. 

I've been lucky enough in my job with and my life in Colorado, that I try not to forget this. I know myself well enough to realize that even with my "itchy feet" syndrome in wanting to explore the world, that my time in Colorado has been especially meaningful. It's as if for the first time in my life, I'm not looking five steps ahead, trying to figure out every detail, or streamline a specific plan. I still have many hopes and goals for the future, but I'm also more inclined to let life lead me down unexpected paths. Perhaps it's because I so enjoy the work I get to do for GoAbroad, the places I get to see, and the people I work with who are more like family. It's probably a combination of all these factors.

At the end of day, I believe that if you aren't happy with your circumstances, it's up to you and no one else to change them. Light that fire, and let yourself be inspired! If you're at the opposite end of the spectrum, and are content, don't ever take that situation for granted. We each have someone, or many someones, to thank for where we're at. Life can be maddeningly fickle, and who is to say what may happen next? Hold on to your dreams with both hands and don't ever let anyone tell you that "you can't." Because you can.

To all those who've been a part of my own journey, you know who you are. And I hope you realize how much the companionship, the feedback, and the support has meant. For all the memories and experiences I've accumulated over this year in Colorado, I have you all to thank for pushing me to put one foot in front of the other. Let's bring on the next year!