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May was a big month. It was six months ago that I celebrated my birthday, quit my job, moved out of my apartment, and embarked on my travels. A lot has happened since then. What in the world will happen in the next six?

During a job search, you’re forced to define what you want, or what you don’t want. You have to decide – what is your craft? Ie: what are you good at? what do you enjoy doing? From there, you can make choices about where you want to be with that craft and how to get there. It’s been an interesting and necessary process for me. Laying the groundwork in this way helps me feel not so much in control of what happens, but like I’m participating in it. It’s not random and chaotic; it has purpose and direction.

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” -William H. Johnsen

“Forrest Gump” is one of my favorite movies and the feather motif is so poignant, conveying the theme that life is a little bit of destiny and a little bit of us “floating around accidental-like on a breeze,” as Forrest says. I cry every time because it feels so true.

I don’t yet know what life will look like in six months. Like Forrest, I don’t know what my destiny is. I don’t know where the wind will blow me. What I do know is that I’m going to hustle every day. I do know that I can make choices. I do know that I have the support of my own Bubba’s and Lt. Dan’s and Mama’s – a beloved circle of family and friends that will be with me along the way.

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