The Art Of Discovery (#ItsBanana)

I recently went back to LA (for the quickest 48 hours) for work and to squeeze in seeing a few friends as well. If you're new to If You Can Dream It Do It, I recently took a leap from LA to Nashville. 

LA was a place that I moved to when I was just 18, and really helped shape me into the adult and woman I am today. It's really weird to be a "visitor" in a place you lived for so long. The air smelt of salt from the beach, the airport was just as crowded as I left it, and even with all the new construction I found familiarity in the city's skyline. 

I was worried, by visiting I wouldn't want to go back to Nashville, that the pull to be in a place I knew like the back of my hand would soon take over. However, I had this moment when I was overlooking the city with one of best friends, Betsy. It's not about comparing places, and deciding which is better. It's about enjoying this season that I'm in right now, and discovering and enjoying the city, people I miss dearly, and simply

be. Relish in the uncomfortableness of transitioning to a new chapter, because that's when true growth happens.

Sometimes, discovery happens in places you thought you knew. 

Sometimes discovery isn't about going on adventures to far off lands, but returning to old places with a different perspective.

Sometimes, discovery can happen in a place you know like the back of your hand, but you're seeing it for the first time with fresh eyes. 

Reflection is important when chasing your dreams, and it's essential to stop the hamster wheel every once in a while, look up, and make sure everything you're hustling for is right. It's incredibly important to look at what you've given up to be on the wheel you're on, and think to yourself is this worth it, where is this leading? 

Reflection and discovery, are vital to dreams. It's important to look at the big picture, and relish in whatever season you're in, wherever God's got you planted, and bloom. It's important to not romanticize or dwell in the past, but to relish in the present, even if it's uncomfortable. 

I was reminded of this when I interviewed Abby Wambach and Cam Newton

and they referenced challenging times in their life. For Abby, she recalled that the challenges carved her, which ultimately created a larger space for joy. Cam talked about how those challenging times made him a man, and learn the nuances of being a man. There are and will be chapters and seasons that are challenging, confusing, and tough. However, these seasons, these chapters sharpen and refine us. I've found that these chapters have shaped those I look up to, and things I love most about them, came from a season of challenges.  

I think it's easy to fall in the trap of wanting something we left, because we realize the grass is still grass, and maybe it's the same kind of green with just different brown spots. Here's what's vital to remember, there's a reason you're where you are, and you'll miss those lessons, you'll miss out if you are constantly focusing on trying to be somewhere you're not. Nashville has taught me things I realize LA just couldn't in the season I was in. I've slowed down the pace of my life to value my health again, to say yes to long coffees, and realized along the way I let my career take over all aspects of my life. Without this time in Nashville, I don't know that I would have seen that, and re-value things that are important to me. 

Discover, grow, and soak up wherever God's got you planted, and when you revisit an old chapter, relish in it's pages. Recognize the way you look at them different knowing what you know now, and embrace the uncertainty of the blank page God's got you on now.

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.

Delicious Ambiguity.” - Gilda Radner

"There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value." - Jeanette Winterson


PS: Collaborated with Banana Republic on this look, and their top and lace up gold heels  are on sale now! Whether it's adventuring on rooftops in LA, exploring new spots in Nashville, or dancing the night away at my dear friend's wedding, I've been living in these. 

Photos by the best @BetsNewman
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