I have often been asked how I mustered up the courage to move from Pittsburgh, PA to Dallas, TX. I had no idea what this move would entail. I was leaving all of my family & friends behind to encounter the unknown. My answer is always so simple – I just did it. Early on in my life, I was always the type to “overextend” myself, and live my life based off of what others thought I needed to do, act, or think.

During my college years, I began to realize that everyone acted and did things based off of their own selfish needs. It was then that I knew I wasn’t doing anything, but hurting myself. I was used to standing down and always biting the bullet for everyone else, ultimately only hurting myself in the end. It was clear that if I didn’t start making decisions and being selfish, I would remain stagnant. Without self-repositioning, I would always feel as if I was there for everyone else, but never receiving the same in return. I took a leap of faith and a personal risk when I moved to Dallas. I needed to see if I could start from scratch, and thrive in the unknown by making new friends and fostering new relationships in a city that I knew very little of.

When I received the call that I landed a job in Texas, I was shocked! It was for a company that I was recruited for and had never initially applied to. Without thinking twice, I accepted the offer immediately. I knew I had prayed about how I wanted my life to play out after graduating college and I felt like this was God’s way of saying, “Here is your opportunity to do all that you said you wanted to do. You just won’t have the luxury of your family or best friends there to help you feel comfortable while REPOSITIONING FOR CHANGE.” I saw it as a test of my faith and a test to see if I could survive on my own, start from scratch, just God and I.

I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t afraid, but I knew that God had brought me this opportunity for a reason and that he would ultimately reveal the answer. It was just on me to accept where he was trying to take me and what he wanted to show me. I also knew that I wanted more out of life and it wouldn’t come without separating myself and making some tough decisions.

This is what I told my “inner-me” and came to terms with when I knew I had to prepare to reposition myself for change:

1. You sense you’re settling.

2. You resist unexpected opportunities out of fear of the unknown or what others will say.

3. You often find your mind drifting off into better ways of “being”.

One thing I always tell people, is that if you never take the risk, you will never know what you are capable of achieving. If you continue to be afraid of change, being alone and outside of your comfort zone, you will stay in the same cycle of always wishing or hoping that you could do more, when in reality, you can, you just make the decision not to.

I have grown so much since my big move, and permitted myself to be “REPOSITIONED FOR CHANGE”. I truly thank God for giving me the opportunity to not only grow more than I ever imagined, but to startle myself at my personal capabilities in the process. The result has been a much needed CHANGE & eye opener.

If you are struggling with the fear/hesitation of allowing God to REPOSITION YOU FOR CHANGE, I urge you to pray about it, be sure it is God approved and then just take the “faith leap”!

P.S. This is my first post. I’ve never really been a writer, but am open to letting God use me in whatever way he sees fit, so here I am. If there is anything specific you would like for me to post/talk about, have any questions, or are simply in need of prayer, don’t hesitate to message me or comment below. Even if just ONE of you are inspired or grow closer to God from any of this, it is ALL worth it! <3

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