I feel like it would be rude not to introduce myself; I’m Rachel, also known as “his Sheila”. I’m 24 and from North-East England. I’ll hopefully be posting often, most likely it will be food related posts… You will come to learn that I am a bit of a foodie (understatement of the year).
I always tend to think I’ve led a very ordinary life with extraordinary hopes and dreams. Don’t get me wrong, I have the most wonderful and supportive family, and my best friends are 10x cooler than your best friends. However I have never been one for taking risks, I occasionally do something a little rash/outside the box (I did a sky dive once…), but once it’s over, the fire in my belly extinguishes and things go back to normal, and I settle back to my ordinary life and my “okay” job and life goes on.
Why did I settle? Because “okay” is comfortable. It pays the bills, gives us a roof over our heads and lets us go out on Friday pay day to enjoy happy hour and such like.
However, I decided to step out of my comfort zone 9 months ago, and decided to meet this guy I’d been talking to online (there is a bit of background, but I’ll go into that another time), and this guy made me realise everything that “okay” isn’t; “okay” isn’t exciting or thrilling, it isn’t the reason you want to get out of bed in the morning.
Since I met Craig (“this guy” has a name), my eyes have been opened. All of a sudden there is a world of opportunity out there, and I… no, we, can seize these opportunities.
So I hand in my notice at my “okay” job, put myself out there and take a risk (or two). I now have an amazing job as a project contractor that has opened a lot of doors, and me and Craig are both going to pack in everything, hop on a plane and travel South East Asia and Australia, leaving from Manchester on the 18th April 2017 (4 months this Sunday! He thinks it’s dragging, I think the time is flying by.)
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, look around you and inside yourself. How many people do you think are settling? I’ll tell you. A lot, and I mean a lot of people.
But take it from me, “okay” or “settling” will never be the reason that you risk absolutely everything, for the smallest chance that something extraordinary could happen.
If I could give any advice, it would be to follow your dreams, and never stop trying to surprise yourself.
I’ll hopefully do another post before Christmas, however I’m very busy with work and spending infinite amounts of money on Christmas presents. If not, I hope you all have a magical Christmas.