I love this, Marquita Herald — thank you! First, sorry for the delay in getting back to you but thank you for reading and commenting.
As you know now, following a life leap, you can look back on some of the feedback you received about your then-situation as being less about you and more about them.
In my own experience with change and transition, the better I practiced for change and transition, the better it went. I like to run lots of experiments — small experiments about health, business, writing, and communication/social outreach to name a few. Working with lots of small changes reinforces lots of small course corrections. Small course corrections lead to bigger changes and transitions. Those bigger ones don’t fee big to you because you’ve been building up to them. But for those who fear change, it’s tough to see friends and family make this kind of progress.
Thank you again for reading. Look forward to reading your posts as well!