Have you ever noticed how often you say, "I can't"? I used to utter those words a lot when I wanted to quit my job but felt so reliant on the financial and medicinal security that it gave me. And when I wanted to go on vacation but I felt like I couldn't put my work down because I was a control freak and didn't want things at the office to go south without me. I also used to say "no" more often than not when people would ask me to join them for group get togethers because I felt like I needed to be doing something productive all the time. I had this false sense of self and what was healthy for me because I was so worried about the future and insecure about how I would possibly make the pieces of my life fit together perfectly. I always had a plan, and the plan always worked. Suddenly I was shutting myself off from the rest of the world, isolating myself from new connections and opportunities. By saying no to everything, I was saying no to myself. I was getting in my own way -- until last summer when I made the choice to use all of my vacation for a month-long cross country road trip through the US and Canada. My dogs and I got the chance to travel by car, boat and helicopter; through forests, oceans and mountain ranges; and I found peace exploring and taking pictures with my dogs. I created a calendar from the photos I took, and I sold it all over the world (thanks to all of you who purchased one!). While on our trip, I fell in love with Vancouver and Seattle. I had an idea that I wanted to move to the west coast, and between the two cities, Seattle didn't require that I get a visa :) I set a deadline for myself to move on May 1st of this year, and I said yes to my dream to be in he PNW with the girls. Though I still don't have all the answers yet, (and I'm still looking for my next employment opportunity in Seattle!), I feel happier knowing that I'm in the right environment now, and that I said yes to something I really want. We have to open ourselves up to possibility in order to reap the rewards of fruition. Having a positive outlook along the way will only help reinforce the blessings coming your way.