“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Roy T Bennett
My big move is about 5 days away and I’m still in this conflicting mood. I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on my life, specifically my nursing career. I can’t believe I have been practicing as a nurse for 4 years now, wow. Anyway, I truly believed my most recent job was divine intervention.
This job provided a comfort zone that I desperatelyneeded when I started in 2016. I was ready to give up on nursing and seriously considering career changes. Not only did it expose me to my Endoscopy specialty, but it also brought life long friends and two exceptional women into my life that now serve as my unofficial mentors. It gave me time to feel rejuvenated and excited about my career again.
Despite all of these great aspects, I knew at the end of summer 2018 my exit was approaching. While I have enjoyed this time in my comfort zone, I became stagnant. I knew I wasn’t living up to my full potential and my career alone wasn’t giving me enough purpose. Not to mention the intense desire to relocate out of Chicago. I needed more; I craved it, but I was unsure about which direction to go.
My mom and unofficial mentors suggested travel nursing. At first I thought they were absolutely insane and ignored their suggestions. Honestly, it just made sense. I am not 100% sure where I will settle, potentially Texas, but who knows. These temporary contracts will allow me to live and explore like a local without the serious commitment and responsibilities of moving.
I’ve done so much research and followed so many travel nurses on social media for inspiration, but that can only take me so far. No amount of knowledge can replace actual experience. While, it’s beautiful to see other people living out their dreams, living vicariously through others is not living. No more “I wish I could do that” or “I wish that was my life.” It can and it will be my reality.
My spirit is so excited for new beginnings. I’m well aware that there will be challenges I’ve never encountered; regardless I have finally found the courage to step into the unknown. Out of all my accomplishments, this is what I am now most proud of. Taking a leap of faith and embarking on this uncertain journey.
I challenge anyone who reads this to step outside of their comfort zone in some way. Whether it’s trying new genres to binge watch on Netflix, traveling abroad, trying food from different ethnicities or a positive major life decision. DO IT. Put material things aside, what do you really have to lose?