Getting Gutsy in 2013

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals. I’m participating in Jessica Lawlor’s #GetGutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details.

One year ago I rang in 2013 as any 24 year old would, in Atlantic City at a loud concert and bougey night club. I had a blast and I let go of any angst that I created for myself in 2012. That’s the whole point of the New Year, am I right? Out with the old, in with the new. Little did I know, that 2013 was going to be a 12 month transition year for me and I unexpectedly got REALLY gutsy.

“The right man for you will move mountains to be with you, he won’t hide behind them.” – Mandy Hale

Let’s start from the beginning, who remembers my blog post about what dating is really like for a twenty-something in Philadelphia? I’m sure most people felt the same way about dating like I did, however no one was talking about it. So one morning, Carrying Chairs in Heels went live and thankfully it got a great response and is the #1 viewed blog post on my site to this day. On the flip side, what I wasn’t ready to admit was that I was online dating.

I knew in my head that I was ready to meet someone however working crazy hours and training for my first big run was not allowing that to ever happen. So I put myself out there on the internet and out of sheer luck the guy I thought was super cute messaged me back. After a few snow storms, my friends crashing our first date and many craft beers, Scott asked me to be his girlfriend. After 10 months, I have found my best friend, person, and number 1 supporter of everything that I do. As corny as that sounds, I just don’t care. Scott and I met at pivotal moments in our lives, I was looking for a new job/possible career switch and he was applying to doctoral programs. We knew going into our relationship that we had to be completely honest and open in communication for us to succeed in our goals and to be a part of each other’s lives. Its one of the best choices I have ever made.

Scott's MFT Graduation

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted” – David Bly

Speaking of a career change, I did get a new job in 2013. I guess all of those years working in retail came back full circle because I took a marketing position at The Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia. Its amazing, I love being able to plan events with non-profits, Philadelphia sports teams, signature events in the Philadelphia Collection and plan our first Tree Lighting Ceremony. I geek out that I have gotten our social media platforms to have over 1,000 followers on each AND I loved installing a new website and contracting a new provider for the company. Marketing geek? You got it. However, it was scary to leave my previous job of two years and head over to a new job where I was being trained to make all of the marketing decisions for the facility. My first week of work felt like I had been at The Shops for a month, I went right to work, voiced my opinion in meetings, took meetings on my own and executed our signature events in the summer. Its an amazing feeling to have a boss that believes in you and trusts your opinions. It was the best switch for my career growth and I’m thrilled that I was gutsy enough to take it.

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“You better run all day and run all night” – Pink Floyd

I got way out of my comfort zone again in 2013 by signing up for a charity bib through Back on My Feet to run in the 2013 Broad Street Run. Me, a runner? Ha, that was a big joke for many years of my life, but at the great age of 24, I didn’t think I had anything to lose. Of course, the mental training for Broad Street Run is something that I think needs to be discussed a little bit further in health & fitness blogs. I was so nervous for the race. Even though I was going to the gym and running, everyone just kept saying to me “Don’t worry, if you run 2.5 miles, you can definitely run 10 miles.” 2.5 miles < 10 miles?! I wasn’t too sure how that was going to correlate during the race, but I nervously put together a playlist the night before Broad Street and went to the race with my friend Alexandria. Well, 10 miles later I finished! I have my Broad Street Run medal hanging in my room and it reminds me that anything is possible and that its possible for me to push myself to new levels of athleticism. I’m happy to say that in 2014 I will begin training for my first half marathon as well!

Broad Street Run 2013

2013 was a great year and I think getting gutsy worked out pretty well if I don’t say so myself.