Fearing the Unknown

Sometimes the last thing we want to do turns out to be one of the greatest adventures of our lives.

My husband called me from Afghanistan.
"Do you want the good news or the bad news?" he said.
"The good news first."
"I've been offered a position as Instructor."
I am so proud! Being an Instructor is a great position that would only help advance my husband's Army career.
I hold my breath for a beat. "Okay, what's the bad news?"
"The position is in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma."

Now up to this point in our Army career I had only ever heard negative things about Ft. Sill. One woman even went so far as to call it "the armpit of the Army". I really didn't want to go. I had never been to Oklahoma and it certainly wasn't on my bucket list. After all, what was even in Oklahoma? All I could picture were large, open fields and tornadoes.

As it turned out I could not have been more wrong. Yes, there were a lot of open fields and even a few tornadoes but there was also so much more.

Oklahoma turned out to be one of the greatest adventures of my life. My marriage was made stronger. I made wonderful, lifelong friends and I saw some of the most beautiful country. Even my oldest daughter, who was only 1-year-old when we moved out west, still talks about our time together in that lovely state. The day we moved from Ft. Sill tears streamed down my face as I drove away.

Life is like this, isn't it? So often we are afraid to try something because we've heard rumors of how awful it is or we simply fear it because it's new and unfamiliar territory.

Our health and wellness journey can be much the same way. We are creatures of habit and venturing into new territory is scary. For someone who mostly shops the "center aisles" of the grocery store, spending a bit more time in the produce section might be intimidating. The thought of introducing a new vegetable into our diet can be uncomfortable to think about.

What if I don't like it? Or worse, what if I buy it and then have no idea how to prepare it? These thoughts and emotions are real and I certainly relate to them. It wasn't so long ago that I was in this place myself.

I am an advocate for making small changes and I always meet my clients at the point they are at in their journey. Some are ready to make big leaps and others only want to make small changes. Both are okay and both are steps in the right direction.

If you are ready to make some positive, life giving changes in your health and wellness journey I'd be honored to be your coach and cheerleader!

After all, sometimes you just have to get in the vehicle, point the car west and drive. Who knows what you'll discover along the way!

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