July 09, 2012

{via Michelle Koechle Photography}

I started a new job today.

Five years ago come August, I moved to Arizona for a job. I have only known this place with that certain job, the people, the atmosphere. I have met others along the way, but it has always been my footing.

And then, six months ago, I realized I needed a change for no other reason except I was in a different place than when I first drove into this dusty, sunny city that summer day in August. I have grown, stretched, learned and questioned these last five years. I have become someone much different than the twenty-two year old who landed here with a trunk full of luggage, yet I am so much the same person. 

I am a person who welcomes change because I've experienced enough change to know it is all going to be just fine in the end.

But I am also the person who questions every decision because sometimes my head and my heart don't differentiate too much. I am the person who holds onto people and places because they are comfortable. I am the person who takes change personally.

But I know change is needed to move forward.

So today, I started a new job. It is so much different than the one I've committed to the last several years, but I would not be where I am today without my first job. And for that, I am so very thankful to the people who trusted me, yet were supportive when I told them it was time for me to go. At some point, it's time for us all to go and embrace the next chapter in our lives.

When I initially moved here, I made several new friends. One of them, Rachel, moved back home just last year. As she was contemplating the decision, I came across this quote:

Saying goodbye is never easy, but sometimes it's necessary. We all have thoughts, things, people, places that keep us in a place we weren't meant to stay in. They may have served their time, their purpose, but its time or purpose is no longer. And while your heart, mind, and soul may long for that very comfort, you must find a way to say goodbye. And sometimes you have to say it again and again but say it, you must. I've never been good at letting go. When my heart latches, it holds. But I know God's plan is bigger and better than what I grasp here in my heart, head, and hands. And when I finally loosen my grip and let go, there is always incredible freedom beyond.

Saying goodbye is never easy, but sometimes it's necessary. Right now, change is needed. Change is welcomed.

And change is coming, ready or not.

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  1. Congratulations!! I hope you have a great first week!

  2. Good luck Jordan! I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job!

  3. Congratulations, Jordan! Good luck in your new job!

  4. So excited to hear about your new adventure! I remember this was brewing in you the last time I saw you :-) I'm a lot like you --there is a part of me that longs for change (new opportunities, new growth in myself, new ways of seeing God at work) but at the same time, I find great comfort in things or people or places that I am reluctant to let go of..... Praying you can sense the familiar, comforting hand of God, as He carries you into new and exciting things!

  5. Thank you so much! This means I'll see you at Thanksgiving. :)

  6. So, so excited for you, friend! I cannot wait to hear all about it and am so looking forward to some much needed catch up time soon! I promise I haven't forgotten!!

  7. Yes! Can't wait! Lots to catch up on.

  8. Congratulations on your new job!

  9. I'm so excited for your new adventure. The quote you gave me is so perfect for change and really helped me deal with saying goodbye and starting new.


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