I am so inspired by people who make positive and bold moves as they answer their question of “what’s next ?”. An old colleague shared her “next” with us and I was so excited for her as well as inspired! With her youngest graduating from high school next month she and her husband are looking at the next phase of their life, being empty nesters. As she tells it, they were watching an HGTV segment about homes in the Appalachian Mountains. It inspired them to look online at properties in this area. They found a house they wanted to take a look at so they jumped in the car and made the drive from Texas to Georgia. After seeing the house in person, they fell in love! While driving home they decided that this house on the river was what was “next” for them. They both have successful careers and work from home so making this move was not only possible, it was practical since this new home had everything they needed and more...including a guest cottage for her mom.
After double checking to make sure it had wifi, they did it…. They put in the offer as they drove home. This will be their “Next”.
Similarly, birthdays (especially as we get older) seem to be times when we naturally spend a bit more time reflecting. Although this next story is way outside of anything that I might personally be considering in my “what’s next”, I could not help but be motivated by a school friend of mine sharing the story of his mother on her 70th birthday skydiving and “showing nearly perfect form” in her tandem jump with the instructor. Ok, I will admit, it is hard to imagine THAT being on my list of considerations for MY what’s next but it was on hers and SHE DID IT! Wow! I am so inspired by her and she is on the top of my list to interview! Go Mrs. Elliott!!!
Considering and defining your “what’s next” doesn’t have to mean a move to a cabin in the woods or a terrifying step out of an airplane mid-flight. Instead, like I found on my journey, it can consists of some short, simple, yet fun challenges that help you to redefine YOUR normal.
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Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!