By: Abbey Clark, Regular Contributor
My older sister listens to the Elvis Duran show on the radio every morning. When I was in college, to be honest, I didn’t understand the obsession with what she described as “the best part of her morning routine,” but now that I’m a young professional, commuting almost an hour every day to work, I understand.
Moreover, it’s inspiring how many average people, taking part in their ordinarily extraordinary mornings, call in and share. The hot topics speak to me and relate to my life (or just make me laugh incessantly and look like a crazy person to the person next to me in their car). When they’re not talking about how koala bears fighting sounds like the beginning to the Ariana Grande song “Problem,” (seriously, look it up), they’re talking about real, raw, relatable topics. Which naturally ignites my heart.
The other day, Elvis and company were talking humorously about how each of them need to branch out and stop limiting themselves by being in the same “bubble.” Everyone has been in a bubble at some point with the same friends, the same opinions, and the same places. It got me thinking. While nothing in my “bubble” was harmful to my lifestyle, it was like they were validating recent decisions in my life. I had branched out, and not even known it. As I was stuck in horrendous gridlock traffic, it was as if the universe was sending me a nod of approval that I was on the right road after all.
Recently, I started a new job, and decided to move in with three girls that I didn’t know prior to living with. My family, friends from home, and friends from college were all super supportive, and as a naturally outgoing person, I wasn’t too worried. I got great vibes from the beginning, but it was also very new to me, and I was nervous with all these post-grad changes. I kept telling myself that it was all meant to be, but now I actually believe it myself. I couldn’t be more proud to branch out, and start this new chapter in my life. It’s been an adventure, and the best part of the adventure is that it’s just beginning!
I will always value, respect, and be grateful for my oldest of friendships, but sometimes taking risks, moving to a new place, starting a new job, meeting new people, and living in a new space are decisions we all must make to branch out, grow, and take control of who we’re becoming and who we will be.
Can you related to Abbey's story? Tell us about a time that you took the plunge, branched out, or gave yourself a gentle, loving push out of your comfort zone!
Abbey recently graduated from Boston College where she received bachelors degrees in both English and Human Development. She is a certified yoga instructor, and a strong believer in the daily morning cup of coffee. She is obsessed with all things marketing and social, and has loved creative writing as long as she can remember. She loves shoes, vegan baking, traveling, and trying new things. She is an advocate of healthy living, real beauty, and is so proud to be part of such a beautiful organization that is changing the world for women and girls!