[note color=”#a1e8f2″]This is an excerpt from my upcoming book: Reclaim Your Brilliance : Let Go of the Past So You Can Step Into Your Purpose.[/note]
Opportunity to pursue your passion and prosper. Freedom to live the lifestyle you want. Success on your own terms. The foundation to having all of those things is integrity: aligning your outside with the purpose and passion that lives on the inside of you.
In order to live from a place of integrity, you have to be willing to take risks. I’m not referring to undisciplined, screw the world types of risks, but being willing to step out of your comfort zone fully expecting that everything you need will show up.
I spent years trying to live someone else’s dream. It looked like success on the outside, but inside there was always a constant battle between what I was supposed to want and what I really wanted. I was supposed to want to climb the corporate ladder. But what I really wanted was to be home for my daughter and do work I loved – even if it meant a huge pay cut. This is one of the reasons I picked up and moved to Minnesota: I intentionally downsized my life and prepared to live on less so I could enjoy my daughter and my life more. Since I was working as a remote employee, earning six-figures, it was the perfect opportunity to relocate to a place of my choice without having to look for a new job.
Yes, it was true that I didn’t know a single person in Minnesota. But I was resourceful: before I moved here I found a group of single mothers through MeetUp.com. I asked them about neighborhoods and schools. By the time I got here, I had already connected with a few of them and four years later they are some of my closest friends. I did the research on schools and found out that they tested in 2 and 5th grade for placement in their gifted program. I planned my move a month before the testing so my daughter would be eligible. She took the test and went to magnet school for gifted kids in 3rd grade – she starts middle school this year and is slated to take honors English, writing, and history. When I compare her opportunities now to the Philadelphia schools that are cutting out music, art, and athletics, I am so glad I made the move to Minnesota.
Was it bold and ballsy to pick up my life and move halfway across the country? Absolutely. I could have stayed in Philadelphia to please everyone and ease their discomfort about me taking such a big leap, but I needed to be true to what my life was calling me to do. The risk was worth the reward: since making my professional and personal life have grown tremendously.
Are you playing it safe by avoiding all risks or are you taking the leaps of faith that position you for more purpose, passion and prosperity?