Expanding My Orbit

Today I find myself on the cusp of a pretty ginormous (ginormous being the professional word) life transition. My husband, son, baby-to-be, two dogs and I are moving. And I don’t mean down the road. We are packing up and heading east to Sea Island, Georgia.

To say my heart is broken is an understatement. To say that my heart is soaring with excitement is also an understatement. It is simply a whirlwind of emotions from this dream job offer that has appeared in the last 72 hours. A dream job we would be foolish to turn away. But the job comes with the heavy price tag of goodbye. From family to friends to people who have supported and loved our family all the years, where does one start?

I am a born and raised a Baton Rouge girl. I left home for college vowing never to return to the Red Stick. Little did I know the journey life had in store for me and that I would return home six years later. However, it hasn’t been until the past four years that I have truly seen the incredible people surrounding me all along.

My journey of recovery and self-discovery allowed me to be vulnerable, to put myself out there and discover what it meant to truly live. Recovery gave me the courage to stand out in a crowd, bare my soul and share my story of hope. People who had been in my life for years appeared different because I finally let them in. I let them love me and in return I loved them back with my whole heart. Childhood friendships suddenly seemed like new. I understood why everyone loved me because I finally loved me. I am blessed to have a group of childhood best friends patient enough to wait for me to see what they saw in me all along. And now my heart breaks to say goodbye.

In the last four years, I’ve found family amongst FitBirds, RocketKidz and especially my ever sparkly Girls on the Run. From a crazy group of Owls to an extraordinary group of SoleSisters, Baton Rouge has a fierce group of women who repeatedly prove age is only a number and that being brave is the new sexy. They defy expectations and stereotypes, finding strength, support and ShePower in numbers.

Southern Smash was born on the LSU Lakes and propelled forward with the love and support of the people in this great city. From family to friends to strangers, you all gave me the wings to take off and courage to brave the unknown. I am doing what God put me on this earth to do because of each of you.

And how does one say goodbye to her dearest friend and mentor? Her soul sister? Her therapist whose been there from the start of her journey? Her son’s “RiRi” whose loved him like her own for nearly two years and also been a wonderful friend? Women who’ve all changed my life for the better? No, no, no. I can’t even begin to go there.

And then there is my family. My loving, supportive and crazy family whom I love more than life itself. My amazing parents, my beloved aunt and of course, my best friend, GaGa. Nope. Definitely not going there.

The response from our news has been received with joy, pride, sadness and every emotion in between. Kind of like how I feel in this very moment (not to mention pregnancy hormones do nothing for emotion regulation). Leave it to the ever wise and fabulous, Susan Hayden, (my other hero and mentor) to reframe the gravity of a goodbye to simply “Expanding My Orbit.”

Yes, this is why I will forever and always call Louisiana home. There is always a silver lining and there is always, always a reason to celebrate.

So let’s fire up the crawfish boil, grab a cold beer (and tissue), it’s time for an Expanding Our Orbit Party.

Love you always, Red Stick. Sea Island, you’ve got some big shoes to fill.


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  • ndeckerrunner
    May 16, 2014 at 6:28 am

    Awwwwwww so sad to hear this.
    We will miss you McCall.
    Georgia is lucky to have you they better watch out!
    Best wishes to you all!

  • Randa Patrick
    May 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Congrats on so many things (baby, new job, your inspiration, your blog)! Girls on the Run has been privileged to have you!

  • brittmelton
    May 16, 2014 at 8:58 am

    McCall, I am happy for you and sad for you at the same time. We had many tears the 2 times we left Baton Rouge and on all our other moves. Sea Island is a beautiful place and they will be lucky to welcome your beautiful soul. I wish you all the best in this next chapter!

  • Cissy
    May 16, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I wish you all the best..Georgia better watch out!! 🙂

  • paigefussell
    May 16, 2014 at 10:22 am

    How exciting and heartbreaking at the same time. I’m glad that my ex-hometown of BR (also) can claim you as one of their own. Your “showing up in the arena with no armor” (a Brene Brown term) and courage and passion for telling your story will transcend state lines. Your orbit is indeed expanding, but so will your message.

  • Kathryn
    May 22, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Remember dear girl – now your mountain Mama will be closer – and it will be ok – I will always be there if you need me – and maybe sometimes when you don’t so I can see those beautiful children. You are just expanding the journey – from one who had to expand over and over. Love you – so glad you and Shea got to be together and look forward to your help for her special day.

  • Maria Danos
    May 23, 2014 at 12:42 am

    McCall, I am sad to see y’all go, but so happy for the opportunity this provides for your family. I will miss my Manning tons!! Love you always!!!