I Left My Job & an Awesome City to Pursue My Dream

2017 was a year of change and growth. In just the last few months of 2017, I graduated college, moved to a new city, started an internship, accepted a full time position and moved to Nashville for the long haul.

Between moving and starting in a new position, I was challenged, I figured things out, and I grew. I also gained confidence and courage.

I became more comfortable with the idea of finally going after a dream I’ve had since I Processed with VSCO with f2 presetwas 18.

Originally, I thought I’d be in Nashville for a year or two. I still saw myself living somewhere in South Carolina or North Carolina for the majority of my life, but I never thought I’d leave Nashville sooner than expected.

*I’ll let the shock settle*


During my freshman year of college, I had the idea of opening a store. I switched from a nursing major to a fashion merchandising major to help better prepare myself for the industry.

I kept pushing it off because of fear. I was scared. I felt incapable, I didn’t have the resources, or I told myself I was inexperienced.

Excuses.

Working for someone else where all the responsibility is truly on them is easier. Less risky. Yes, I had my responsibility as an employee to do my job and do it well, but the big things weren’t on my shoulders.

Yet, opening a store kept coming to my mind.

And, my heart.

I talked with friends and family and only ever found encouragement. I read Scripture and prayed about it and only ever felt peace.

Little nuances kept popping up everywhere. It was as if God was screaming at me, “Go for it, Morgan. Use this time in your life and this passion I’ve placed on your heart as a way to glorify Me and My kingdom.”

“And who knows whether you have not come to the Kingdom for such a time as this.” – Esther 4:14

FullSizeRenderI kept wondering why now? Why did I sign a year long lease and accept a position when I’d move a few months after?

We don’t always understand the timeline, but God has His own plans. Sometimes it’s following blindly and knowing the step you’re taking is one for His glory. It’s letting the Lord use you and have control.

After many “no’s” and battles from me – or the Devil speaking lies into my heart – I finally caved.

I’m setting aside so much pride, fear and resistance to follow in God’s will. I’m entering another season of uncomfortable change, the unknown, and faith.

I’m surrendering.

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” – Hebrews 10:36

I gave up a good job in an awesome city with great people to move back to ole North Augusta, and in with Mom and Dad (after 4 years of living on my own) while I work on launching my store.

The store isn’t the initial idea I had. My idea at 18 has a bit of a different twist + edge to it, but I can’t share all my secrets with you. 😉

Granted, that may be in the future, but we’ll see how it does as an online store for now.

Stay tuned for a post on the name, meaning, and to see tidbits of my journey along the way.

I can’t wait to share with you all!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to proposer you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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