Lidy Dipert is the wonderful blogger behind Hello Lidy. She loves to share her design ideas, thrifty DIYs, vintage home decor and adoption journey! She wants people to be a part of her crazy life journey and to connect with others in a more personal level. She’s always on the look out for new friendships and meeting new people! Today she’s joining us to share her thoughts on life, career and dreams as part of the series, Little Revolutions:
Where to begin! I guess I will start almost 6 years ago. I was an aspiring teacher and in classes full time. I was recently engaged to the love of my life and living in another country at the time. He was in sunny California and I was in the cold of winter up in Canada. My husband and I grew up as friends in the great white north and because of his dual citizenship, he moved to the US for work and play. After our engagement, we talked about the possibilities of him moving back up to Canada or me moving down south with him. I decided, you only live once and I packed my life up in boxes, said my painful goodbyes to the only world I knew and set out for adventure. But little did I know it would be some of the hardest years of my life.
When I moved to California, I was quickly thrown into the reality of life. I had no identity, literally. I waited for my green card to go through for almost a year. I couldn’t work, go to school or do anything really. Not until my visa was cleared and I was given my permanent residence status. I also learned that continuing my education was going to be a lot more difficult than I realized. The education program was a lot more different than that in Canada. I realized I would be having to start from scratch, instead of being a year away from graduating. My world was slowing crashing.
After months of growing pains as a new wife, new resident of a new country I was left with nothing. Or so I felt at the time. But looking back, I realize it was a blessing. An opportunity. A clean and fresh start. If I had to start from ground up, then why not chase all those dreams I had. Because if I failed, I literally had nothing to lose. If I had to start my education all over again, then what is something I always wanted to do, but was too afraid? Little by little, I started to come alive. After a couple years, I went back to school to pursue graphic design. I ended up being pretty good at it and I gained confidence thanks to some amazing professors who believed in me. I met new friends and began a life I never imagined!
Today, I am an aspiring designer. I have a blog I am so very passionate about, which has the potential to be my career. I am a lucky wife of an amazingly hard working husband. I am a mother to the most adorable little babies. I live in a very warm, sunny and happy place. We own an adorable home, full of comfort and character. And to think if I was too afraid to go after that one dream. If I had not taken that one risk to leave everything that was my comfort zone, I may never have had any of these amazing blessings.
I still don’t have all the answers, nor am I entirely successful at what I do. I do, however, have the courage to take risks. To get out there and go with confidence with what I have and offer the world something new. To chase my dreams and not be afraid to fail. Because we all will in this life, but it’s not a bad thing. It’s how we learn. It’s how we get back up with even more strength to face a very unknown future. Live life to the fullest. It’s something we’ve all heard before. So, why aren’t we then? It’s our choice.