I’ve been moving and shaking since I was 5 years old. If you ask me what my hometown is I’ll tell you every city I’ve lived in but you’ll forget because there’s too many. These days, I am an Austinite.
When I graduated college I wanted to go to NY and I wanted to move to CA but nothing was falling into place. Once Mariel landed a job in Austin I followed suit and everything has been falling into place for the both of us since. Right now we don’t own much. In our “we’re moving out of state” frenzy we had a moving sale and sold everything we’ve ever owned. We held onto the memory boxes and computers but mostly everything else is gone as you can see here in our living room.
Our undies are in a suitcase, we’re sleeping on a blow up mattress that we have to re-inflate every few days and we can make eggs on our pan but not spaghetti because we have no pots. In a month I’ll be 28 years old. If you’d have asked me where I saw myself at 28 back when I was 21, I’d have painted a very different picture than the one I’m living now.
But you know what? I’m happier now with no possessions than I’ve ever been. EVER. It took a lot of sacrifice to finish college, I took a lot of risks, I’ve been unemployed for many months holding out for something that I’ll actually like instead of just something that provides me with a paycheck.
I’ve been highly criticized and doubted but I persevered. I knew things would fall into place for me eventually so I saved my money wisely, spent it frugally and kept applying like a mad dog. Finding a job was my full time job. But most of all, Mariel stood by me every step of the way. When I’d get rejection email after rejection email and I broke down thinking I was going to be a loser for life, she’d tell me she knew I had what it took and that she believed in me. She said it with fear in her eyes but that was all it took for me to keep pressing forward.
The thing is, I have big ambitions. If you have them too you know what it’s like to risk everything to move towards your dream. I knew I would be successful because losing wasn’t an option for me.
I refuse to live anything less than my passion. I am passionate about media be it print, radio, television, digital, etc. In case you don’t know, it’s a highly competitive field and you don’t make it into the industry unless you’re relentless.
Anyway, here’s to following your passion. I gave up a lot, but this experience has been humbling for me. I’ve gone from being very financially comfortable to having my 21 year old girlfriend work two jobs to support us and my big dream (In case you’re wondering, I’ve found work now and Mariel has just one job).
What have you risked to follow your passion? I want to hear your story so comment below ↓↓↓