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I Guess I’m Driving Across America

There’s a well-circulated mantra that encourages people to do one thing every day that scares them. That sounds like a terrifying life. I thought about, when 2018 hit, writing a Sunday Series about one scary action a week but I didn’t want to focus on the dramatic. I wanted to focus on little actions that would push me out of my comfort zone. I wanted it to be simple and attainable. That’s why I created the “Things I Wouldn’t Do” Challenge Series.

I started with Karaoke Night. I wore makeup every day for a week; I tried coffee; I changed a tire with a stranded stranger in my neighborhood; I went to the ballet. It wasn’t anything remarkable. But then I quit my job.

What was supposed to be a year of simple life changes turned into a life 180. Yesterday, I packed my Ford Focus rental car, put decorative magnets on the side, and hit the road.

To say I was terrified in the days leading up to June 23rd would be an understatement. Having lived in New York City for two and a half years, driving hadn’t been a skill I was as versed in. I drove through high school and college but driving across the country? That was a totally different beast.

I have no idea what these next 50+ days will look like. I’m scared and excited. This may be the biggest challenge I’ve taken on. But I believe in The Smile Project, I believe in kindness, and most importantly, I believe in people.

When I told my former boss about the trip and leaving my job, she gave me a reassuring smile and said, “I don’t think choosing adventure is ever the wrong decision.”

Here’s to adventure.

Love always,

Liz

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