The Emerald City

It amazes me sometimes how things happen in life. Over the past seven months I have really focused on letting go of outcomes and allowing life to unfold as it should. I have devoted the year to having my own experience of The Amazing Life Project which I have been developing over the past few years.

This process has led me down some incredible and unexpected paths. I spent over six weeks in New York City, went sailing down the New England coast, met up with college fraternity brothers that I hadn’t seen in over a decade, and even spent a day at Disneyland. I also got to embrace my wild side by sporting a mohawk.

Throughout this time period I wondered where I might ultimately live now that my large consulting engagement with the State of California was over. I set my sights on Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. My heart would pull me in different directions but there was no definitive answer so I continued to take it day by day, week by week, and month by month. I worked on my business ventures, conducted numerous coaching sessions, and stayed open to taking on another consulting engagement.

In the end, it was a former colleague who I worked with on my very first independent consulting engagement in Seattle in 1999 who contacted me last week and inquired about my availability. It had been 14 years since we had been in contact and out of the blue came an opportunity at Microsoft. For as long as I can remember, I had considered Microsoft one of my top desired clients to work with. But the timing was always off. Whenever a good opportunity showed up, I was never available. This time, however, it all aligned perfectly and I landed this great gig in just one day.

While the last seven months have been a wonderful adventure, I am now ready to step foot in a corporate environment again. I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and I am looking forward to working with my incredible new client.

So the question as to where I will end up has been answered for the time being. I will be in Seattle again full-time. I’ve kept a place to live in Seattle all this time but I have decided to move into a larger place now downtown with views of Mount Rainier, Puget Sound, and Lake Union. I am truly looking forward to getting settled again and reconnecting with the city and my friends there.

Of course, as is everything in life, this is only a new chapter. As time passes, more changes will come and I’m sure that someday I will find myself living in New York City again. But for now, a new adventure begins in the Emerald City.

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Chad Ryan is a management consultant and success coach with more than 20 years of experience helping to transform people and organizations. He's worked with some of the largest and most well-known companies and organizations in the world, along with numerous startups and small businesses. Developing creative ideas and implementing technology solutions that help people build, grow, and operate their business, is what Chad does best. He has guided many companies through massive changes with their workforce and has implemented new systems that enable them to work smarter, operate better, and increase their bottom line.

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