Living the Love

Scene from Vienna
Scene from Vienna

As many of you know, I had the opportunity to visit Vienna for 2 weeks a little over a year ago.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  I loved it.

I went into the experience not only expecting to love it, but determined to love it.  I anticipated I would face some difficulties, but my mindset was that everything that happened would be a learning experience that would enrich me as a person.  Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

As I was watching So you Think You Can Dance, one of the contestants, Jaja, said something very similar.  She said that she went into each dance rehearsal with the idea that she was going to love each dance, and entering rehearsals with that concept helped her to push herself until she actually began to love everything that she faced.

I needed her reminder.

Embarking on a new career continually pushes me past the boundaries of comfort.  I’m traveling in the territory of challenge every single day, and each day my challenges are new. Some are easier to face than others, but each challenge is an opportunity to become a better person.

I love to learn and grow and develop, but sometimes it hurts.  And in the days when I’m feeling squeezed and pushed, I’ll have to remember the lesson of Jaja and Vienna.

I just need to live the love.


  1. Wow. This is what I needed to read today. I just started a new job in July. I’m a supervisor now and some parts of the job are very difficult for me. I took the job specifically *for* those parts – I wanted to improve in those areas. Maybe going into those moments determined to love it will help. Thanks!

    • I’m with you. Part of the reason I took this new job was so that I could be challenged in new ways. Now that I’m being thusly challenged, it’s easy, so so easy, to look back at my previous job with rose-colored glasses. Don’t get me wrong; it was a good job. But on days when I’m feeling pressed to my limits, it’s easy to look back and think that perhaps I didn’t really need this new challenge.

      It’s nice to know I’m not in this boat alone, and it’s nice to know that my words are finding homes where they can be helpful.

      Thank you!

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