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Taking a Leap; Building My Wings

This is one of the scariest posts I’ve ever written. But I do it, and share it, with faith and belief that big things are ahead for me and my family.

After 11 years in Orlando, and more than 7 working full time with the absolutely incredible team at Growing Bolder, things are a changing.

The Widrick family is on the move.

Geographically, we’re not going all that far. My husband works for Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, and he’s been offered a great opportunity in a new role with the company. Up until now, he’s been able to do all of his work in Orlando, but this change requires him to be at the home base in Tampa. So, we’re packing up our rag-tag bunch — two adults, a toddler, an old dog and a grumpy cat — and moving two hours south.

It is exciting. Thrilling, if I’m honest. I have had a wonderful life in Orlando, but never expected this to be my forever home. This move gets us closer to the water, gives us a chance to adventure in a new city, gives me a built-in friend base (hi Kat, Meghann, and so many more!) and is a blank slate family/lifestyle moment that gives me happy butterflies in my stomach.

It is also scary. Terrifying, if I’m honest. We have a house that we’re going to rent out to strangers. I’m no longer able to work in the same office with colleagues at a company that I helped build and have so much love for (but scroll down — there is BIG news on that front*). I have a little girl who will be uprooted. I’m not sure how quickly I’ll be able to build back my fitness classes.

Moment to moment, I feel happy and sad about this change, but for me the bottom line is: it’s the right thing for our family. Whatever comes will come, and I will follow Ray Bradbury’s advice:

Build Your Wings

*I have to take a moment and say how THANKFUL and lucky I feel that my boss is embracing this change with me. I was incredibly nervous to tell him — he is not just my colleague but my great friend — but he is working with me to use this move as a really exciting step forward for our company.

I will be working remotely for Growing Bolder, doing the job that I have loved for so long, and helping to expand our efforts in the Tampa/St. Pete area. We have long planned to have bureaus in other key markets, so in addition to some other very exciting projects, I’ll be launching our first satellite headquarters.

I’m bursting with excitement at the opportunity this move provides me to help spread the word about Growing Bolder. So stay tuned!

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