This is a great time of the year. Autumn is all about change, the leaves on the trees, the weather, the sunsets and the holidays. You can’t help but to look ahead. I’m looking forward to next year and not just speculating on what the year holds. I’ve actually already began making plans for 2013. To some of you that’s no big deal, you’ve already got your calendar half filled with conferences, speaking engagements and vacations. That’s part of the reason why I started making my own plans. I don’t want to be late again, yes again. As 2011 closed out, I started looking at the New Year and to my surprise many of things I wanted to be involved with were unavailable; booked up, sold out…you get the picture. So this time I started early, and I already have some big things going on in 2013.
As we roll into this holiday season, I’m excited and a little nervous about what’s to come. I know I will have a new zip code in 2013, not sure exactly where yet, but it’s time to branch out. See, I feel like I’ve given my current location all I can. I’ve networked, I’ve reached out, I’ve helped others, I’ve applied myself and still nothing exciting to report. So I know it’s time. This will be the 2nd time I’ve left Memphis and I know this time is it. Sometimes no matter how many ties you have to something or someone you just got to know when it’s not working and you have to be brave enough to make the hard decision to move on.
I will miss my family and friends but I’m just not happy here anymore.
I’ve reached a lot of goals this year personally, physically and professionally and I have to build on that going forward.
I’m going to enjoy this holiday season (if I’m around) with my nieces (3 of them) and nephews (2 of them) and my siblings. I’ve enjoyed watching the kids grow up, they are probably the reason I’ve stayed for so long; the kids.
I’ll miss the mild weather too.
I won’t miss how divided this city is though. Most everyone is struggling, especially minorities, we are barely getting by-just barely.
I really wrestled with what to write about, but this has been on my mind a lot lately. I can just feel it, my life is about to change over the next few months. I’m a little nervous about it but not scared. I’m ready.
To steal a line from Jay Kuhns, “How about you?” Are you stuck? Are you about to make some major changes? Are you happy? Are you afraid of anything? I hope not, and if you are, I hope you make plans to change.
Let’s see where this goes.