I have been living on my own in the big city of Dallas for exactly 1 year 10 months and 6 days. That may not seem like a huge accomplishment to you, but for me, it has been a life changing experience. For those of you who don’t know, I’m from Arkansas, which is really just a hop, skip and jump away from Texas, but it’s far enough to miss home. Like a lot of my peers, I chose to move away after I graduated college. I wanted to try something new, explore outside of my comfort zone and spread my wings. So, I landed in Dallas, got a job, my own apartment, and I’m still here today. To those who are back at home in Arkansas, still dreaming of moving somewhere new, I made it! Or so it seems…
I too, used to see people from my hometown out in the world in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and even New York City and think to myself, “They made it!”. It was as if my being at home in Arkansas, made me a failure. Their social media posts told a story that life was awesome wherever they were, and in my mind, the fact that they moved away from little ole Pine Bluff, Arkansas meant they succeeded at life. I was wrong.
Sure, I relocated from a small town to a big city. I moved out of my mom’s house and into my own place, but that doesn’t mean I made it. I could live in Buford, Wyoming or right off the beach in Miami, Florida and still have the same problems. Financial problems, physical problems and emotional problems won’t disappear just because you move somewhere new. They will pack their bags and follow you along for the ride, which is why I decided to leave my baggage in Arkansas. As I mentioned in a previous post, I moved to Dallas with a only small car full of my belongings; no furniture, no dishes, no decorations. For the first few months I slept on an air mattress with a handmade blanket and a throw pillow. Still think I made it? I didn’t have, and still don’t have a perfect life, a perfect job or a perfect financial situation, but the one thing I have never lacked is faith.
I knew before I moved here, I would be just fine because I prayed about it, and received confirmation. My friends and family thought I was a little crazy when I moved here with no job and only two month’s rent paid on my apartment, but I had faith. Faith got me a job, it paid my bills and it still carries me today. There are days when I want to go back home. There are times when I doubt myself and I get upset about not having accomplished all that I thought I would. I have realized that as long as I’m following God’s plan, I’m good.
No matter where you are right now, don’t doubt yourself and more importantly, don’t compare your situation to others. Just like the rest of us, go for what you want whether it’s here or there, and faith it until you make it.
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