I have several unknowns, but for now I'll focus on telling you about my biggest one.
It's what you see right in front of you - Thrill of the Unknown.
It's more than just a website and business though. It's part of a larger dream. To keep challenging and pushing myself into uncertain and unchartered waters. To wake up nearly every morning excited about what I'm doing with my life.
And the greatest obstacle to that dream is me.
Thrill of the Unknown is an idea that started with a series of questions I began asking myself several years ago:
How do I get out of my own way?
How do I push through my anxiety?
How do I learn to transform my "fear" of the unknown into "thrill" of the unknown?
Eventually I came to the realization that I was spending too much time thinking about it and not enough action.
There are certain times in life where I believe you have a choice: play it "safe" or take a leap into the dark abyss. There's no right or wrong answer - although people have their opinions.
You, and you alone, must decide what's the best choice.
I took my time making that choice. I'm not a proponent for rash decisions.
After coming to a decision, and having multiple discussions with my husband to ensure he was on board too, we set ourselves on a course of action. We paid off all our debt and saved up a healthy emergency fund (over a year's worth of expenses). I then quit my safe and stable job to pursue Thrill of the Unknown full-time.
I chose to leap into the dark abyss and I have no doubts that it was the right path for me.
I don't know where this will eventually take me. But that's the point. I wouldn't want my life to be any other way.
MY #1 BELIEF
The following is my top guiding belief. The primary filter through which I see and interpret the world. This will probably give you more insight into who I am than anything else I can write about myself (e.g. introvert, bookworm, etc.).
So, without further ado: I always have a choice.
At any given moment, I can completely change the trajectory of my life. I can go to an airport and buy a one-way ticket to somewhere else in the world. I can choose to walk away and leave everything in my life behind.
Yes, there are consequences to my actions. Yes, I may not like those consequences. But it’s still my choice.
And even in the face of circumstances outside of my control (such as war, natural disaster, death, illness, etc.), I choose how I respond to and interpret those events.
Life. Death. Relationships. Possessions. Money. The future. The past. Work. Accomplishments. Failures and mistakes. None of it has any meaning except what I choose to give it.
There are numerous possibilities as to what these things can mean. And it’s utterly fascinating to see and hear all the varying perspectives. But, ultimately, I choose the meaning for me. And if that meaning no longer works (for whatever reason), I can always change it.
Since I always have a choice that means I must also take full responsibility and ownership for my choices. Both the good and the bad. No excuses allowed.
Because I can only change myself. I choose to heed (or not) the various advice, suggestions and opinions of others on how the go about changing myself and learning from my mistakes. And I am the only one that can actually do the necessary work.
It’s all my choice.
I choose to believe I’m not powerless. I choose to believe I’m not a victim of my circumstances.