At the end of last year, I talked about setting goals for the upcoming year. I reviewed my goals from the previous year and talked about areas where I came up short (a nice way of saying it was a huge embarrasssing failure) and areas where I was able to get a hold of what I sought). A few weeks after that, I published my goals for 2011.
As I mentioned in the article, there were a few goals that I didn’t publish on the site, mainly because they could have surprised some people who read occasionally (or could potentially become readers). These were some of my bigger goals that were mainly going to be things that I was going to work towards whenever I got a spare moment or whenever I really felt like going after them (even if I was sleepy).
Recently, I was given the opportunity to complete one of those goals. Even though looking at it, it looked like a no brainer, I was still slow to take the leap for in doing it. I had gotten stuck in my current rut, and I wasn’t sure if I should hop out of it or not. I was used to my routine, and even though it would be difficult for me to ever imagine saying this just 3 years ago, I had grown to like my routine. Why would I leave it for something that I was unsure of ?
As I was wavering back and forth between my decisions, I busted out the goals list that I drafted during the last week of 2010 for 2011. Right there at the bottom of my goals list in the “other” section, was this exact goal. Not only was it in that section, but it was directly related to multiple goals in other sections, including savings & debt goals, environmental goals, and health – I was still unsure. The more I thought about it, the only thing holding me back was me. I was comfortable in the place I was at, and that would be what I was giving up.
In the end, the goals sheet won out – I decided to take the opportunity. They say that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, and I feel like that was really the case this time – the grass was greener on the other side, but I knew exactly how the grass on my current side tasted, and exactly how much of it I would be able to have, and how much I could potentially have. I had gotten comfortable, and even though it was a tough decision, it was time for a change.
All that said you awesome readers, I’ve got good news! I got a new job. Not only that, I’ll be able to walk to my new job, and will free up hours of commuting and hundreds of dollars per month in commuting costs (not to mention wear and tear). I’ll be making about the same as I was from my old jobs combined, so now I’ll only have one job, and will be able to make just as much progress on my debt. I’m excited, but it wasn’t an easy decision.
There’s no more commuting, no more long nights, no more putting 1000 miles on my vehicle a week, no more biweekly $50 dollar fill ups at the gas station.