It is OK to take a chance
Each year that passes I look back to see the lessons learned or how I grew as a person. The beginning years when I started my business in 2012, it was like a rocket ship! I found an opportunity and ran with it, literally. I was OK with putting most things aside because it was once in a lifetime, and I knew if I could dedicate a few years to it, the rewards would be life-changing.
I learned so much about myself through the process, but what stuck out the most, was it was OK to be different and take chances. It’s scary when you step out on your own and not follow the normal path, but it’s amazing what you can accomplish when you’re willing to put other things aside to accomplish your dreams.
Not everything will continue as planned.. There was something I needed to learn in 2018. It’s OK to take time for yourself from time to time and use hiccups in the road to learn and adjust even when it means it’s time to slow down.
The year of 2018 was a year to remember. It was the year of healing, patience and overcoming. I was running a fast, rewarding race, but it was time to take care of myself. I sat six months on the couch with knee issues that turned into needing a knee replacement in my 40s. As I sat on the couch I realized that this was God’s plan or the universe telling me to slow down, that the control is not always in my own hands. I was having the time of my life, but ignoring minor health issues that cleared up during this time, that wouldn’t have if I kept up the pace I was working.
I also realized that I needed to spend more time with my family, including our boys who had become teenagers overnight. As parents with teenagers, you think this time is when they need you least, but it’s not the case, they need you more.
If you know me at all, you would know that staying in the gym is very important to me, as well as being in good physical shape. It was difficult sitting on the couch, watching the days go by of not being at the gym was extremely challenging and mentally taxing. You could imagine how hard it would be to stay driven with work and travel with the knee being immobilized. So I decided to sit back and not take the lead. I had the opportunity to reflect and learn and grow as a person and spend quality time with my family and for the first time let them take care of me. I did a lot of soul searching during that time and realized big changes were coming.
As we say goodbye to the year 2019, I called it the Year of Listening to the Call, Being Courageous and Adapting to New Beginnings. As hard as it was, I knew that I needed a change, that my family needed a change. I’m all about watching signs, and when things become difficult and not as easy as they once were, it’s time to adjust. This is what I was seeing in Little Rock, Arkansas where we lived for the last 20 years. Little Rock was a great place to start a family, raise children, but neither my husband nor I was from the area. It was time for the Grawers to leave and create space for the next family. It was such a hard decision to make a change, especially when it’s what we knew. The boys were teenagers, one going into his senior year. It was a scary decision to make, but I knew the decision was the right one and a decision that would be a healthy one for all of us.
I’ve always loved Phoenix. I started bringing my mom to a resort every year in the area and when I was here it made my soul feel good. Rick and I had the opportunity to move out here years ago but declined. We have several friends in the area but thought that staying in Little Rock was the right decision. When the opportunity came up again to move to Phoenix, we thought about where we wanted to be 10 years down the road in retirement. This was where we wanted to be. It took being very courageous to make such a move, especially the ages of our boys, but I knew how important it was to show the boys how to adapt and be open-minded. I also knew that for my business, moving to a new market was important and could be instrumental for when the Japan market opens.
Our family loves Phoenix! Sometimes we ask ourselves why we didn’t do it before. It’s a good fit for us and feels like a healthy change. As I was talking to a really good friend today, I realize so many people are too scared to take chances on new beginnings. It’s healthy to step out of the normal path from time to time; it’s also healthy to allow the hard times to be ones that create the adjustments needed in our lives.
As I’m celebrating my eighth year in business, I’m thankful for all of my friends, customers, business partners and the friendships I will always cherish from Little Rock. I’m excited about what’s to come! I want people to realize that stepping into the unknown can be scary but can be the most rewarding decision you ever make. In my experience, I say take the chance! Who knows what can be behind the next door? It may be better than where you are today.
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