I was flipping through this month’s issue of Ebony Magazine when I ran across an article about a former news anchor, Julia Yarbough, who gave up her successful job, left her home and her family and friends behind to find love.
According to Ebony, after over 20 years and an Emmy award later, Yarbough left her fast-paced career in broadcasting because “she wasn’t getting any younger” and felt she was still missing something.
“I left my job. I know it sounds crazy, but I was looking at the time line of my life, and I wasn’t getting any younger. I had a fantastic job and career, but the demands of my time and my schedule were 98 percent of my life. I had no dates—no one was asking me out, I wasn’t meeting anyone. That sucked! I made the decision to step away from my career and focus on myself.”
As a part of focusing on herself Yarbough set out on a road trip to find love. She called it “Highway to a Husband,” and although she hasn’t found “the one” yet, she says she’s learned a lot about herself in the process.
“My biggest takeaway is for women not to limit themselves. Toss that list out the window. Broaden your vision. You might be missing out on a good person with amazing qualities.”
Although I doubt many will follow Yarbough’s lead of hitting the road to find a mate, breaking out of your comfort zone might be necessary if you want big changes–finding love, switching careers, or achieving your goals—to happen in your life.