Leap and the Net Will Appear: Part II

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10,000 miles in seven weeks has brought me to my new life.  Leaving our 3,700 square foot home to our new 45 foot boat in Florida brings many unexpected challenges and joy.  Giving up the safety-net job of teaching was the first step, then it was putting all of my life into the back of my Dodge Avenger.  (That’s when I realized that everything in my life was truly temporary!) I also realized that picking and choosing items to keep in life and those to let go of can be emotional, yet freeing. 

Things to Keep

memories-last-foreverSome things were easy to keep.  The things that make life a little easier, as well as things that brought me joy.  It was the memories of friends I had made in the past 25 years living in Nevada. They were there for me for a reason or a season, though only a few were for longer. The memories of those that made me laugh or listened to my sorrows will always hold a special place in my heart. The memories of having groups of friends where monthly get-togethers were fun diversions, to watching their children grow making us feel a little older and wiser.  Also, the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the places that brought me happiness.  I often visit those places in my mind when I need a pick me up.

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Are You Too Practical for Your Own Good?

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Practicing the life of a writer is much more fun than the practicality of it.  I could be bogged down with the fears of how was I going to make it, rather than the sheer joy of creating.

I am taking a leave of absence from teaching to heal myself from stress and begin my life as a writer.  It took me several years to finally get myself to this point and start my dream.

Why did it take so long? Life got in the way.  From being a mother and wife, then a divorce to freedom, I never found the inner strength I needed to believe in myself.

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Can You Take A Leap of Faith?

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“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”- Goethe

 Day 1 of the first day of my NEW LIFE. 

I am jumping out of education for five months to heal my body and to lift my soul. Crazy, huh?

I am going to write and to follow my passions.  I was going through the agony of deciding to leave education where I had felt very successful, when my doctor made it for me.  I had the full-blown symptoms of adrenal fatigue, so it was a shock when he said those words, “You need to take time off to heal.”

To actually act upon those words was another thing.  It’s hard to leave a profession I had done so well in to jump into the unknown, but every thing in the Universe had pointed me in that direction.  I could not ignore all the signs that said to take a leap of faith.

“You need to take time off to heal.”

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Trusting Your Gut: No Bellyaching!

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”I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.”
Sir Richard Branson

I can’t tell you how much of my life’s biggest ah-ha moments, deepest pain, and most joyous revelations all boiled down to me following my intuition or ignoring it!  The process of learning to discern my intuition versus my logic brain actually didn’t take much practice.  I learned quickly that if I put too much reasoning or logic behind my action/words, I would almost always regret my choice.

…learning to discern my intuition versus my logic brain

actually didn’t take much practice…

Since I was a little girl, my gut instinct was very strong, however I was not surrounded by people willing to let me know if I was ‘reading’ the situation correctly or not.  It’s not easy telling someone they are being insecure or fearful because your gut told you so, and then asking them if you were right.  More than likely they’d respond with, ” you don’t know what you’re talking about,” or “what do you know, you’re just a kid.”  Training myself to believe in my gut became easier as I got older, especially after I got married.  Now it wasn’t because marriage brought a sense of peace and tranquility into my life.  It was exactly the opposite.

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