Over the weekend, my husband and I drove from our home in Charleston, South Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee. His company is launching a new market there, and I was his trophy wife right hand girl during a client party at Hard Rock Cafe. My job was to greet the guests as they arrived. It was nice to get out of town, sit in a car for nine hours, listen to music and to talk without the echo of “mommy, mommy, daddy, daddy” in the background. Sweet sounds of heaven, most of the time. But it’s nice to have to adult time every now and then, to focus on our roles as professionals and as a couple.
I made that same drive up I-26 to I-40 to Nashville a little more than eight years ago, when Shawn and I left our jobs at a local television station to explore the green grass of Portland, Oregon. Shawn was moving cross country for a new job. A new opportunity. A new experience.
I was going for my own reasons. Mainly, I was running. I was running from a ton of things I wasn’t ready to face. Nashville was the first stop on what was about to be a very long journey—away from home and back to myself. I’m always amazed at how life brings us full circle—taking us round and round until we learn what we need to learn.
I spend a lot of time thinking about my life purpose. I don’t believe we get to know everything… we don’t always see the ripple effects of our time here. But the writer and the storyteller in me will always seek meaning in my experiences. What we learn on our individual journeys, no matter how big or small can inspire others on theirs.
So what are some important life lessons you have learned? Have you ever traveled full circle?