Road Trip

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello, readers!  Yes, I am still here.  The last 2 months have been full of ups and downs.  I haven’t felt the need to write about them until this week.

After I wrote my last post, I felt renewed, energized, and really inspired.  Within a week I came across a job opening that seemed absolutely PERFECT for me.  The position involved opening a retail space specifically for the yoga and fitness community in Tulsa.  The position would give me the experience and training that would help me open and operate a successful yoga studio of my own someday.  I was beyond thrilled. It felt like all of the pieces were finally coming together.  My purpose for being here in Oklahoma was starting to feel more clear.

The first interview went well and I felt like the second interview went even better.  A week later, I received a brief email stating that they were going with an internal candidate.  I can’t tell you how incredibly disappointed I was.  This perfect job and perfect world I created for myself fell to pieces.  I felt like I was back to square one again.

Back to square one as in, why did I move to rural Oklahoma?  Why did I leave my perfectly great job (with the best coworkers on the planet, by the way), leave my best friend, leave my sister, leave my church family, to start over in the middle of nowhere?

What’s the lesson here?

It’s like my mom says,  “When you’re taking a road trip from Seattle to San Diego, and you hit a bump in the road … you don’t turn around and go back to Seattle.  Or you don’t suddenly start driving to Denver.  You keep heading to San Diego.  So, you hit a bump in the road …  keep going.”

While it feels more than a bump in the road, I’m still heading to San Diego, or to opening my dream yoga studio.  Not exactly sure how to get there, but I still trust the process.

See you in San Diego,



  1. Ann says:

    I can’t wait to see you in San Diego, Chelsea! Thank you for sharing this news even though I know it was probably hard. I just know deep down that something will work out. You have tons of family and friends to keep on believing with you!

  2. Jane Beckwith says:

    Chelsea, just read your latest post. We are so fortunate to have you with us in Oklahoma. I am learning so much from you; so glad Oklahoma is one of your stops on the way to your dream destination. Best wishes to you on your journey!