good life by race ashby
Part of cultivating a good life is chasing your dreams.
Leaps of faith are worth the risk if they help foster a little self-discovery and a sense that God is in control.
There’s a chart somewhere with golden stars plastered over the major life events my parents envisioned for me. I played sports in high school, became an Eagle Scout, graduated high school, didn’t do drugs, served a church mission, went to college, married an amazing girl, graduated college… and that’s it. That’s all the star-worthy stuff that boys are supposed to do. I guess on some level I just assumed that real adult life is laid out on a different poster board I didn’t know about and you just keep getting gold stars. At the time, I was just going through the motions, letting life drag me along. So I was a little blindsided when that first post-college job application didn’t pan out. Or the second one. Or the 50th. To be fair, I didn’t really know what I wanted to be or where I wanted to go. I would have been content to just let life happen to me, and that lack of passion only worsened with each job interview.
After about the hundredth rejection letter, I settled for a job I didn’t love. I even kind of hated it, but with our first baby on the way, I felt completely trapped. I was discouraged to my core and completely burnt out, so when our first daughter was born, I knew I had to make a change. I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew that God’s plan for each of us somehow takes into account our own aspirations. So I held my new baby and thought about what I really wanted to become. I came up with a few ideas and part of that was realizing that adulthood isn’t exactly a star-studded poster board, but it’s also not a cage. Just a few weeks later, an opportunity came up 1,000 miles away in Idaho, and with encouragement from my wife, I quit my job, packed up whatever fit into our car, and moved. I didn’t have a job lined up or a house lined up, and it might seem like that was an irresponsible choice, but I see it as chasing my first dream.
That dream didn’t come together right away, but a couple days into my first marketing job in Idaho, I knew I’d done something right. So many other dreams started to build up as I found out more about myself and what I loved doing. A few years later we chased another dream back to Arizona. With all this dream-chasing we really can’t be sure where these decisions are leading us, but it’s comforting to look back and see in hindsight how our lives have been directed and blessed. My wife and I have reflected a lot on our years in Idaho, and we’re humbled by the knowledge that even though we can’t see the end from the beginning, God loves us enough to give us dreams to chase.
Note from Becky
Well, I have to say… I am personally thrilled that Race is a dream-chaser! We’ve only known Race since this summer. He was a complete “unknown.” His wife Emma was familiar with Project Life® and follows my social media. When she saw a job opening with our company, and because it seemed to line up with Race’s skills and interests, she brought up the opportunity with him. He took a shot. He applied for the job. His résumé definitely caught our attention. We interviewed him (along with others) and found ourselves impressed. Not just because of all those golden stars he seemed to have… but because his personality and core values were right in line with our mission, our company goals, and philosophy and culture of cultivating a good life.
Race oozes kindness. We have been so blessed to have him join our team as our new Marketing Manager (moving from Idaho to Arizona for the job!) and every day we take notice that he is eager to help, contribute, learn new things, and offer brilliant ideas. He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and that right there is part of cultivating a good life in and of itself.
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