Dreams are a tricky business. Having all the ideas and almost none of the resources is my specialty, personally. As a society, we crave instant gratification more than we appreciate the process of actually working for something. I myself am guilty of this and have had to teach myself along the way that skipping ahead to the end result would only lead to disaster. I’m living proof that progress, even the tiniest bit of progress, is a game changer in making your dreams come true, whatever those dreams may be, as well as growing as a person along the way.
At the beginning of 2016, God spoke to my heart and told me to move to London. I had never once dreamed of living abroad. Once He put this calling on my heart, it became something I couldn’t let go of. I couldn’t shake the urge to be in London. I wasn’t sure what He wanted to use me for there, but I was willing and ready to find out. So I spent the next year researching, applying for jobs, trying to find any loop hole into getting into this country. Ps…you can’t just move to another country. You have to get a visa or get married, and your girl is as single as they come so a work visa was my only option. Long story short, work visas are incredibly hard to get for the UK. You have to be sponsored by a UK company in order to apply for a visa, but most UK companies won’t even consider hiring you without you first having a visa. Reminds me of job hunting in the US, when employers are looking for someone with 3 years of work experience for an entry level job. Everyone wants you to have experience, but nobody is willing to give you the experience.
By the time the leaves changed colors, I was getting really discouraged about how long it was taking to get to London and just how hard it was. Finally, one day it dawned on me that I needed to just take a leap of faith and move. I figured it would be easier to get an interview or a meeting with an employer if I had a London address. So then started the planning. I quit my job at the end of December and left Nashville to be home in North Carolina for the holidays and spend some extra time with my family before flying over the pond at the start of 2017.
I’m finally here in London, which I guess was the first big hurdle, so I’ve made great progress in that regard, but there is still plenty of work to be done. I still have to find a job that allows me to stay here and carry out whatever it is I’m supposed to do here. I still have to overcome obstacles every single day in order to progress towards my goals. Most of those obstacles are mental, which is why I stress the new perspective every single morning. It is essential in getting out of your own way so you can keep moving forward.
Don’t stress yourself out trying to accomplish something big every single day. Even ticking the tiny things off your list (like grocery shopping or doing a load of laundry) is progress! Wake up each day with a renewed sense of positivity. “Today’s the day I _____!” And make it happen. If there’s a bump in the road, instead of throwing your hands up and quitting or feeling defeated, take another lap! I looked at moving to London like the wall of Jericho. Joshua and his armed men marched around the city for 7 days, 13 laps around the city in total. Can you imagine if they gave up on the 12th lap? The wall never would’ve crumbled at their feet and they would never have inherited what God promised them! Anytime you feel discouraged or just flat out defeated…take another lap! Don’t stop short of your dream based on a fleeting feeling of defeat. Instead, move forward in faith based on the truth that God works all things together for good for those who believe in Him.
Don’t get so caught up in gaining thousands of followers or opening up your first brick and mortar shop, or becoming a full time travel blogger, that you forget to be present. Your journey won’t always be fabulous and Instagram worthy, but that is ok! You need those messy bits and pieces to help shape you into the boss you are! You need those moments to help you grasp just how far you’ve come. After all, if it were easy everyone would be doing it. Take time to reflect on how far you’ve come and how much you’ve already overcome to get where you are today.
Take another lap, tribe! You’ll get there, just don’t forget to appreciate the journey on the way.
Hi tribe! My name is Ryan Brown, and I am a small town North Carolina native who fell in love with adventure in my teen years. After venturing outside the comfort of my home and spending three amazing years in Nashville, TN (the promise land) I decided it was time to expand my horizons and take the adventure overseas. I quit my corporate job, packed up my life, sold what I could, and moved to London, England at the beginning of 2017 to chase a dream of traveling and writing and experiencing every piece of God’s creation I could. I stepped out in faith and moved without the security of a job because I knew He would provide for me if He was calling me here. Every day I chose to get up and conquer the day, no matter how big or small the tasks are. I’m just enjoying this life journey, even in the not so glamorous moments. Stay up to date with Ryan’s adventures on Instagram @journeywithryan or read her latest blog at www.journeywithryan.com.