When I got out of grad school (when cell phones were not even really a thing yet!), I was pretty pumped. I was working for a telecom company, I had incredible stock options, I was moving up the corporate ladder, and I had a good, steady income at a hot up-and-coming start tech start up. I also had a great house, two awesome dogs, a loving husband – and we were (just a little bit) talking about starting a family.
On paper, I was successful. To family and friends, I had “made” it and it was clear that everyone believed I would continue on that track until I was at the top, running the show – probably even running my own tech company.
But on the inside, I wasn’t happy. I hated office politics, promotions not happening at the pace I wanted… extreme pressure and expectations from people who had no idea what it was taking for me to achieve what I was achieving… and much, much more…
On the inside, I was dying. I hadn’t realized it yet, but I on track to shrivel away by achieving the american dream.
I remember one of the last events I participated in at that job was planning the corporate retreat, which had Matrix theme (yes, just by that you can see I’m dating myself here!). It was fun to make sure all the details were in place – like the food was delivered properly, the “spy” trinkets were all working, and the employees found their rooms.
But when the event was finally in full swing, it felt like something was missing. Yes, the guests were happy. Yes, the higher-ups were pleased. Yes, we avoided all major mishaps… but it was off. Something was wrong.
I had no idea that, just a few days later, my dog almost dying through a mystery ailment would be the catalyst to me throwing off the “looks good on paper” life and instead running toward the heart-pounding, love-producing, passion-filled life I’m living now.
My passion had always been animals – and in looking to heal my dog those 17 years ago – I walked right in to something that would feed by soul – as well as scare me to death: my heart’s desire. And eventually, I did follow that desire – despite the misgiving and incredulity of my closest friends and family. I had to ignore a LOT of naysayers to follow my heart…
And I’m seeing this a lot lately. MANY people are being presented with seemingly crazy options: continue doing the thing that brings in the money, keeps them safe, looks good and solid to the outside world – or take the incredible risk and start stepping into the thing that feeds their soul.
As an intuitive for many of these people, I’m finding myself in the challenging place of saying, “I know XYZ is bringing in the money, but ABC is what makes you’re heart sing. It’s time NOW to start bringing more of that ABC into your life!”
We all have that thing that makes us feel that way! We all have that “Oh, if only I could do this all the time!” or “Oh! I want more of this in my life!” stuff that we would surround ourselves with if we weren’t so worried, scared, unsure… If we didn’t need to earn a certain dollar amount to keep things feeling the way they are “supposed” to feel.
In the end (it took about six years mind you), I finally chose to step full time into that passion work with animals – and you’re now seeing the results of it. I didn’t do it immediately – I hemmed and hawed and really caused myself a lot of extra challenge by not just jumping in full force… but when I finally took the leap of faith it paid off for me – as you can see here (I don’t think you’d be reading this email if I hadn’t finally leaped!). I’m a happy camper with my work!
Perhaps you could consider the fact that you opened this email and read all the way through to be a sign – a sign that maybe it’s time to delve more deeply into that thing that you love so much, despite what those around you have to say!
The universe always protects you when you fully follow your heart. What does your heart what you to do? Share below!
Love & Light,
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