It was December 31, 2003 and I was saying “See ya later” to my mom. I was leaving my mom’s home for good to live on my own. That was the day that I moved to Atlanta. I wanted to be in Atlanta when the clock struck 12 a.m. on January 1, 2004. You know the saying “whatever you are doing when the new year comes in is what you will be doing the rest of the year” and I wanted to be in Atlanta for the rest of the year. I had a plan almost. I didn’t have a job yet but this is when I was more carefree and didn’t have any major bills and when being an adult wasn’t that important to me. Let’s be clear I have never wanted to be an adult. Some things about it looked fun but most things about it never appealed to me so I have never been here for it. Since the 9th grade I have always wanted to live in Atlanta, “The City”, is what I would always say. I never dreamed of leaving near home or anywhere else. I used to spend time down here during the summers with my Aunt and I fell in love. Atlanta is the city that there is so much going on but you don’t have to be a part of it all. I am a homebody for the most part but the fact that I can go somewhere at any given time has always appealed to me. The city doesn’t completely shut down. I wish the pictures that I have posted had dates on them but this is just a glimpse of how I set my goals and made them happen.
I moved to Atlanta and knew NOTHING about being an adult. I had to learn sort of quick but I am still learning every day. I have been in Atlanta trying to find my way for so many years and I have finally found myself although it will be a process that evolves for the rest of my life. I left my mom’s home with no idea of who I was as a woman or who I was destined to become. I had an idea of what I wanted to do but not who I wanted to be. I just knew that I didn’t want to live in the country for the rest of my life. I wanted to be a city girl with a country heart and background. I quickly started to learn what I didn’t like about being an adult and I don’t care to count the many times that I wanted to and threatened myself to move back home to my mom. But I am a pretty stubborn lady and I have been determined to make it happen for myself down here and it hasn’t changed. Set back after set back has come but progress has always been made and every time I think it is time to give up God shows me just why it isn’t time for me to quit. I have always been in a transition. I used to ask the question most of you are asking now “what is my purpose on this earth?”. It finally set in that I am here to help others move through the transitions of life and live their purpose in the best way possible. This didn’t finally click completely until this year. I had the idea a couple of years ago and of course started putting the plan into action last year but it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that it finally became super real and clear to me. God has a funny way of saying be still and see what I am trying to show you.
I have always been the one who wants to learn my lessons through others. I don’t like for experience to be my teacher but I will learn from others experiences all day long. But I had to sit down and really think about everything that I have been through since I have started this journey of becoming an adult and God said it is time for you to share. So this is the beginning of me becoming more open with you guys and taking you back to the beginning of my journey in Atlanta and becoming an adult. This will show you why I am qualified to help you on your path to setting goals and living your greatest purpose in life. I hope that you will stick around and relive this ride with me as I look back at my journal entries and walk back through my journey.
Until next time live life simply while making it extraordinary.