They say “the only constant in life is change” and that couldn’t be more accurate for me. Change has been the name of the game this year (namely, when it comes to my living situation). Six months ago I was offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to move to Maui for work. I took the position without hesitating and I didn’t look back.My time in Maui was like a relationship with your first love-intense, at times difficult, but mostly something I’ll never forget. Hawaii taught me so many things about myself- how to slow down, how to make friends in a place where you may not “fit in”, how to function being far away from family. Maui took me out of my comfort zone and healed my first real heart break. Maui challenged me in ways I couldn’t have imagined and taught me how to be the best version of myself. It took me a while, but I finally started to feel at home in Hawaii. I was getting comfortable, i finally made a friend who will no doubt be one of my future bridesmaids. I stopped feeling lonely. I started flourishing at work. I was catching my stride, becoming the faux Hawaiian version of myself. And although I was still having shopping withdrawals, Maui was finally taking me in.Needless to say, when I got slated for a promotion that required another move, I was surprised and mildly thrown off. I was finally feeling comfortable, and here was another potential change on the horizon. After doing some soul searching, I took a leap of faith. I interviewed for (and got offered) a bigger role within my company in Scottsdale, AZ. It all happened very fast, and suddenly my bags were packed and I was headed back to the mainland.I’ll be honest- I didn’t know how I would feel leaving going from an island to the desert. After some tearful goodbyes, I hoped I had made the right choice. Now, five days into my tenure in Arizona, I’m happier than I could’ve imagined. My new team has welcomed me with open arms and I continue to be shocked by the affordable prices at the grocery store (for once, Whole Foods doesn’t seem expensive!). I’ve been able to speak to my family more in the past week than I did in the last month. And my company believed in me enough to give me my first real promotion, which makes me the happiest of all. I wouldn’t trade my time in Maui for the world. If you ever have the chance to move somewhere as far out of your comfort zone as possible, I would strongly suggest going for it. I can’t wait to see what AZ brings to the table for me, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a wild ride!