It’s my blog’s second anniversary! It’s been an incredible journey since July 2009.

As we travel through our days, we meet challenges that help us grow emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. Two years ago, my main challenge was living productively while unemployed.

I explored different avenues during my unemployment. I took classes to expand my skills. There were interesting career workshops where I heard dynamic and inspiring speakers. I traveled to several cities to take part in networking meetings. And at each station along the ride, I learned something new about myself.

That was the original intent – to explore the professional growth through writing.

Often, during our life’s journey, we travel various tracks. We start down one track, see that we’re headed in a great direction and then the train stops. Another train crosses the track, or there’s been an accident – something that stops the train. At that point, we might need to disembark and board a train on a different track. That’s what happened to me about four months into
the blog – I changed trains.

I left my luggage on the first train. I wasn’t sure of the destination; I took a chance.  The passengers were friendly and the staff helped all of us get comfortable for the ride. And the conductor was the best guide! We passed plains with beautiful fields and mountains lined with evergreens. I saw rivers with shimmering blue water. We hit our share of rain storms. Then we traveled through dry deserts. Some days, the sky was grey and gloomy. Other times we had perfect light blue skies and sunny days.

I’ve been on this train for a while now. There are twists and turns – we travel up and down. Although I didn’t know where the train was headed it’s been worth the ride. To quote Robert Frost, “I took the [the road] less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

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