Sitting in heavy traffic during a snowstorm. Well that’s where I was the moment I decided to join Lynn on her worldwide journey – halfway between work and home on a very cold Dallas January day. Her question ringing in my brain, “What if we went an entire year without winter?” How delightful that sounded as I sat in bumper-to-bumper traffic bundled up in my parka. It was that exact moment I was all in, no turning back; I was committed to a year of summer!
I DID WHAT … I COMMITTED!!! Oh how scary! I did not sleep a wink. Every fearful thought raced through my mind – What if [insert thought]. It was letting go of every safety net I had put in place: no income, no job, no benefits, no super comfy bed, no upgrades to first class (yes, I did say that). There’s something to say about a comfortable life, where you worry more about getting into a top-notch restaurant and great tickets for a show versus hoping that the hostels you book have more than one toilet facility or resemble a Turkish prison (which are not uncommon in some countries I have learned through much research supplied by Lynn).
But when doubt crept in, crazy events would take place. For example, this past June I was sent to a ‘Women in Leadership’ class in the lovely Hartford airport. Truth be told, I did not belong. It was like being an 8th grader in a Senior Calculus class. These women are SMART, and have done amazing things with their lives. But the class wasn’t about brain aptitude (thank you universe). It was about becoming comfortable with uncertainty, embracing vulnerability, getting off the sidelines and being part of the game. In other words, it was a wake-up call to shut down the fear. By the end of day two, every woman was rooting for me to take the plunge … and to stop “should-ing” all over myself.
Why am I telling you all this? It’s not a decision that I took lightly. It’s not a decision that was about “finding myself.” (I can seriously do that in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.) This is a new chapter in my life, a chapter that is completely open-ended. All I know is that I have a plane ticket headed to New Zealand where this journey will begin.
So “awayward” we go into a year of summer … come join us!14