Why We Need To Take Chances For Success

The past couple of weeks has been bitter-sweet. I was recently offered a position in Atlanta, GA that was an offer that I could not pass up. I have struggled with numerous situations over the past year. Between a child custody case, my income, and my living situation, it was finally time for a change. But I needed to take chances. I have always been the kind of person who has been afraid of the “what if’s”. And it has always taken me down with horrible outcomes. This time, it was different. I have never moved out of state without either one of my parents living there so moving to Atlanta was a huge “big girl” step for me. This was something that I absolutely knew I had to do. I’m not sad nor am I happy about the move because at the same time I feel as if I’m leaving everything behind. But that’s where my “what if’s” happen. I started thinking for a few days that if I keep worrying about the “what if’s”, I’m never going to change. I will never get out of the situations that I’m in. Especially if this move means opportunity for both my son and myself.

The “What If’s”

Yes! Finally, I got over the “What If’s” but that doesn’t mean that I still think about it now and then. It still bothers me to no-end. But! If I continue wondering about “what if… I don’t like my new job?” and I miss out on the great opportunity of more income. Which is something that I really could use. Yes, Atlanta’s pricing is slightly higher than Nashville, BUT I’m still making a lot more money than what I’m getting. I was so used to my work family. I truly adore them. They are all men and women of God and have shown nothing but, compassion and love to me. Really, just being afraid that no one can really compare. Thus, my new work family will be as admirable as they are. It’s taking those chances. So we can’t just keep looking at the “What If’s”. Atlanta has so much opportunity for everyone. I was so afraid when I went to court that they weren’t going to come down to an agreement. I worried endlessly, all to be on the stand and tell them the truth. Even though there was so much more to it, I neglected my mental thoughts because of the “What If’s”.  Really, there isn’t a reason for it. No reason to stress and worry yourself over something you can not control. Especially, if you already antagonized yourself a plan for either option. So you’re giving yourself those “What If’s” an answer. Ease your mind a little and let go of it. Because with the negative mindset, you will stay where you’re at. Success comes with chances.

Walter Chitwood DDS. Lunch Celebration at CJ’s in Murfreesboro, TN

Just Do IT!

I’ve always been this person where I have to contemplate on the situation before I come up with whether or not I’m going to do it. I have never been that person to climb the cliff and go cliff diving. I was always afraid. After realizing that I wanted so much more out of mine and my son’s life that, I needed to just go for it. I’ve always enjoyed writing and I’ve always enjoyed photography. I had always given up a lot and put off all the things I loved doing. Because I was always afraid. Afraid of the outcome and never just allowing me to do it for myself. So finally, I did it. I stepped out of my box. A little step at a time and I’m still building. I researched all the valuable content to write about and I started up my blog. I started out with my dinky Samsung Note 5 camera quality and I just made my first purchase of my new Sony A6000. I contemplated for weeks whether or not if this is what I wanted to do. But you know what!? I did it. And I’m glad that I did. Or else I would be sitting here crying over why I didn’t get a new camera for myself and putting off my dreams of success. Just do it! If it means that much to you for you to succeed in life. Then go for it. It’s all about chances.

What happens when we don’t take chances.

We fall in regret. Sometimes, more than we expect. We become in a constant questioning of “What If’s”. We continue on with our regular 9-5 job and just hoping that everything will plan out the way we thought it was. Constantly wondering how your life would have been if you would have just taken that leap. Next thing you know, 10 years down the line and you’re contemplating the same thoughts you had on whether or not you should just go for it again. This time, actually doing it.

Listening to others will ruin your chances for success

It’s time to just stop questioning, and actually, start doing. Stop asking yourself if this is something that you should do when you know you already NEED to be doing it. If we don’t take these leaps in life we will never be where we want to be. Stop being like everyone else and be you. Do what you think is best for you. If we continue to let others dictate our life we will never be our own person and never land that point of success in our lives. Live your life the way you plan to and don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. Because you can. It’s those who tell us that we can’t, be the reason that we CAN. I’ve seen so many people be where they don’t want to be in life because they’re caught up in what other’s tell them. That their ideas are stupid and that they themselves are lame for even thinking that they can. Don’t let other people tell you that you can’t do something. Just do it. And it’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve made to listen to myself in the 26 years of my life. Because I’ve now been given an opportunity to actually LIVE. Live the way I am supposed to.

This has to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made for me and my son. The thing about it, is my motive is only to be successful in the end. I wouldn’t have it any other way. That should be the only way that it should ever be. I’m excited for what Atlanta has to offer for us. If you’ve come across some tough decisions in your life drop a few lines below, we’d love to hear about your success story.

 

Beach Trip in a Day; To Savannah, GA

With recent events, my fiance and I were able to take a quick day trip with our son. What better place to take a day trip that was 3 hours East of our home in Atlanta, GA. Upon our great adventure, we decided to take our 3 hour East coast trip to beautiful Savannah, GA & Tybee Island, GA.

I’m used to driving 3 and half hours every weekend, driving from Tennessee to Georgia. But driving from Atlanta to Savannah really felt worth the trip. Mainly because we were able to switch out my Toyota Camry for my soon-to-be mother in laws’ Toyota Sienna. I must have to say, that the drive was so smooth. I felt like I was literally gliding across the interstate. The amount of comfort that Sienna has is unreal. It is absolutely spacious in all aspects of the vehicle. Which had its pro’s and con’s for us. Because with us, more space, more places to put things, and the more cluttered things got. Although, it was perfect for Aston and his car seat. Aston’s Recaro car seat is huge as is and takes up so much space in my little Camry. I hate taking it in and out of my car because we have to twist and turn it to get it out.

But when it was in the Sienna. It was perfect. He wasn’t kicking my chair and wasn’t fussing or fighting with not being able to see anything. It was quite nice actually. For both him and myself. My Fiance, on the other hand, enjoyed the ride in the Sienna a little bit too much. He’s capable of falling asleep in the car regardless but he wouldn’t budge when he did fall asleep in the Sienna.

The Children’s Museum in Savannah, GA

We were able to make our first stop in Savannah, GA to The Children’s Railroad Museum. We’ve been to The Children’s Museum in Atlanta, GA, which happens to be one of Aston’s favorite places to be at other than the Georgia Aquarium. This Children’s Museum was an outdoor Museum, which allowed Aston to run freely. With all of the stress, this little 2 year old had, it was pure bliss for him. They have different activities for different age groups. The entire scenery was beautiful because the Railroad Museum gives it a historical touch.

Savannah, GA Children’s Museum & Railroad Museum

 

Aston found his love for playing down the slide with this ginormous ball. I thought was hilarious because he would walk up at least 20 stair steps, get to the top, let the ball roll down the slide, and come down the slide himself. He just loved to see the ball go down the slide. The things toddlers do. The Children’s Museum was absolutely wonderful for Aston. He had such a rough week with his new transition in visitations. It was nice to see him smile again after a rough few days. The museum also had a small garden area that Aston enjoyed. We had fun chasing after bee’s and looking at all the gorgeous flowers. There is also a small watering hose and sprinklers that the kids can play in the water with, so bring extra pairs of clothes for the tikes!

 

These building blocks were the cutest. Aston and I got to enjoy some time in the sun playing with these giant blocks building a huge tower and then knocking them over. Well, at least Aston knocked them over. Thus, The Children’s Museum was fun, we made the trip short and made our way to the beach. If you’re looking for something cheap and fun to do with the little kiddo’s, I suggest the Children’s Museum and Railroad Museum. The tickets were dirt cheap and their website also has some discount tickets. Groupon also carries some discount tickets if you’re in the area or locate the area for The Children’s Museum. We purchased our tickets on site for a whopping $7.50 per person 18 mo & older. Even though the museum is outdoors, the museum itself is gated and will require a code for during the time of purchase.

Tybee Island, GA

Tybee Island was roughly 45 minutes away from Savannah. Which wasn’t so bad at all. We stopped in for some gas right outside of Tybee Island that sold fresh produce. I wish I was able to stop in a take a quick snap of photos because it really was a cute place, but the little guy was falling asleep. The drive was absolutely scenic. We drove over the canal to Tybee Island and drove into a little seafood shake which was packed! So we decided to take lunch to the beach. We made it to our destination roughly around 2:30 PM. This still gave us plenty of time before sunset. I was able to pack 2 extra pairs of clothes for each of us and also some swimming trunks for the boys. We went to grab a few bites to eat at the Oyster House, which is a small pub on the strip of Tybee Island.

As I mentioned earlier, our son was having some visitation transitions so he was an absolute catastrophe during lunch. He needed a nap, but he wanted to play and not eat. So photography had to wait.  We managed to get him to settle a little bit and eat some popcorn shrimp and fries. (Read more on our food experience in our Foodie.) After lunch we walked our way down to the beach where I sensed Aston was loosening up a little more and felt a little more relaxed.

We spent a good 3 hours at the beach and on the pier. The boys got to spend some time in the water because the water was way too cold for me I got to sit back and enjoy the beauty of my 2 favorite people. Tybee Island, had it’s ups and down’s as far as beach wise. The area was crowded and it really was because it was around spring break for many college students. But we still had a blast. Just be out at the beach felt amazing and having a different perspective on life for a second. We live in the city where everything is so fast paced. While we were on the beach it felt like everything kind of just stood still. And I think sometimes we kind of need that in our lives. Especially for the little ones. Our trip was still spectacular even if it was for a few hours. Those few hours were cherished and to be able to see our son’s smile light up. If you’re looking for a small break away from the city or from your crazy hectic life, take a small day trip. It’ll relax the mind and ease your body a little. Life get’s too chaotic and you and the little ones just need a break. Take it out to Tybee. I wouldn’t have had it any other way for our day trip.

Have some other places that you may recommend for day trips? Drop a line or two in our comments because we’d love to hear about it and your experiences!

Why I started blogging

There are times when I have thought back to why I started blogging. There were a series of answers that really convoluted my mind. Because when I began writing, I didn’t just start writing because I had to. I wrote because it was my creative outlet. During my chaotic life the past year, I found a reason to why I got behind the keyboard to start typing.

I finally figured that one day, I was going to travel the world with my son. Take on new adventures every day and enjoy the blissful moments. I was motivated in every aspect of my life that would allow me to keep writing. I was in awe by every inch of life that I touched. Traveling was one the biggest reasons why I decided to start blogging.

 

Aston at Children’s Museum of Savannah, GA

Peace & Happiness to Travel

Traveling and writing would allow me to enjoy everything I loved to do and still make it my income source. Whether if it was to be at home and writing a short article, or be on an airplane to God knows where. Regardless, I had complete freedom. I would be able to stay with my son and watch him grow with every chance I received. I’d be able to enjoy all the prospects of traveling around the world. Seeing different odds of the world and enjoying the time shared with my son. I wanted to be able to film and photograph the luxary of our beautiful world. Be able to show others the life outside of our materialistic ways. Just to be able to grab my backpack and slip a few items in there and walk around let me live a little. Later, to be able to reiterate my visions and thoughts to those who aren’t able to see what I saw. It put another perspective on me to write even more.

My Sons’ prosperous life and future

My son has always been the reason why I have strived so hard in my life. In the past year, we have been through pretty much hell. It’s something I probably wouldn’t want to go through again. But blogging helped me throughout this past year with my crazy and stressful life. I was able to see my son grow this past year and get into photography and writing these new memories we cherished together. These memories shortly became art. An art that recited our new life.

Aston at South City Kitchen Midtown Atlanta, GA

When I started writing, I was fresh out of an overly mentally abusive relationship. My mind was clustered in thoughts and the best way for me to let go of somethings was to write. And I never once thought that I was going to be doing it as an income source until it was brought to my attention that I could make it a source of income. Not just a part time thing, but full-time financial freedom. I started reading multiple other blog posts and how to start your own blog. And I fell in love with writing 20 times more. Believe it or not, you are capable of making money doing the things you love to do.

Educational Expectations

I would never have thought that blogging was going to allow so many great things in our life. Until it opened up new doors for me in every aspect. I would be able to pick and choose my times of when I decided to work and when I decided I wanted to go to school. I was able to focus primarily on school, my son, and family, because writing did all the income for me. As soon as I started writing I put in my application to Georgia State University as a Biology major. I would soon be focusing on becoming a surgeon. And that was the best part about it. Was because For once in my life, I wasn’t worried about my next paycheck while going to school. It made things so much easier for me to just focus on my goals and dreams.

 I feel as if everyones reason’s are different. Different as to why they started writing. It takes dedication and strength to do what you love everyday. And everyday is an even stronger effort. What made you decide to get behind the keyboard and blog?

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