In 1999 I was living a pretty comfortable life in Washington Dc, well-established in my career and with a wide network of friends and acquaintances. Nevertheless, despite being a fairly risk-averse person, I decided that I wanted to push my own boundaries a bit. And so, I talked the cEO of my company into sending me to Silicon Valley to work more closely with our clients there.
Moving across country to a place where I knew almost no one and had little familiarity with the local business culture was pretty scary. And while I navigated through my new world, I was simultaneously excited by the opportunity and frustrated by how different everything was.
Over time I settled in, but it took a few fits and starts. It involved moving a few times, exploring a variety of ways of meeting new people, trying several different gyms, and completely re-writing my original business plan. By the time things went belly up in the dot-com bust, I found myself broke, overweight, depressed and at wit’s end as to what to do next.
The one thing I knew then was that I had to focus on the things I COULD control and the things I couldn’t. Losing fifty pounds wasn’t a snap, but it was something that I had the power and resources to do. Picking up the pieces was hard, but doable. A tough lesson, but one which has given my life depth and nuance.
So what did I learn? Sometimes you just have a to take a risk and try something, even if it might fail, or turn out completely differently than you had expected. In 1999 I would never have imagined that I’d wind up living in San Francisco with my new partner and my dog in a beautiful condo in a nice neighborhood, starting a brand new career.
Over a year ago, JuJu was kind enough to open up her blog to Jane and me so that we could flex our creative muscles as a team and share a variety of perspectives on weight loss and maintenances. I’ve had so much fun and learned from them and from so many of the readers, that a few weeks ago I began exploring the idea of creating my own blog. Its been an adventure to see if I could teach myself a few things about the design and programming of it, as well as to think through the form and content.
Its called Jack Sprat’s Journey. A work in progress, but something I’m having a lot of fun with, one small step at a time.
Thanks JuJu and Jane! I can’t say where I’ll end up with this, but I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I continue to rely on your wisdom, patience, humor and inspiration.