The Blessing of Being Fired (Plus a Giveaway!)

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The Blessing of Being Fired (Plus a Giveaway!)

Today is an anniversary. One that I am beyond thrilled to celebrate. Today marks the day that things began to change. That things had to change. It was 2 years ago today that I put aside the shoulds and supposed tos. That I began to commit to living in accordance to my truer, deeper desires. It was two years ago today that I was fired.

Two years ago, I was working at a group home as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I was miserable and not even trying to hide it. I was going to do a good job by my clients, but other than that, I was surly, cranky and generally unhappy. I wasn’t going to quit without a plan and a plan that felt good seemed so far out of my reach. I figured the job was the problem, so I got a new job. I was so excited to leave and start fresh. Three weeks in at the new gig, I balked at a unexpectedly long commute and was fired.

I was angry. Hurt. A little scared. The funny thing is that when I was at the old job, I wanted to be fired. I prayed for it. I was jealous when other people where. But when it came my turn, I was shocked. I had put in so much time and so much energy into becoming a therapist. It was intimidating to look at myself and the work I longed to do in the world in a whole new way.

My mother, thank goodness, encouraged me to make this the best thing that ever happened to me. I am pleased to say that I have. These days, I get to coach, write, facilitate The Receiving Project. I am honored to get to share on this amazing site every week. I am happy. I wake up excited to start the day. It seems so far from the days when I cried on the way to work every single morning.

Being fired required me to connect. Reconnect. Feel the parts of me that were longing to be shared. I had to accept that, despite the story I had told myself, I wanted something different. If I was to actually begin living in accordance to my wishes I had to let my desire be my north star.

I began to listen to the whispers of my soul. But I did more than just listen. I acted. I created. I shared. Sometimes I met success, sometimes not so much. Soon, however, the whispers turned to songs and poems. They became loud and lovely. There was nothing to ignore any longer. Life felt too wonderful, even in the most challenging times, to ever stop moving along in accordance to what I wanted to be.

For any one out there who is reading this who hates their job, who feels unfulfilled, who carries the fear of stepping up and being seen, who wonders what life could be like…The Universe hears you. It is urging you on. But it will not do it for you. The Universe will help. It will open doors. Bring forth inspiration. It may even take drastic measure to answer the deep longing it hears. But it will always be up to you to take the leap into the wonder.

And yes the leap is scary. We don’t always know the path. The map is partially obscured and always changing. But you can do it. You can forge your way. You can. It may not be easy. It may require dismantling of a whole host of beliefs and paradigms. It may stretch you beyond what your elasticity to be. But if your heart is yearning to express itself. If your soul is calling to be seen. If your desires are no longer willing to sit locked in a treasure chest…then you can step forward. Inch by inch you can craft something magnificent for yourself.

For those who are already rocking their journey, YES! You hold the wand of inspiration and the light of possibility. Keep moving. Keep loving. Keep holding your self in the highest regard. Choose into your vision over and over. Marvel as it grows and changes. Yes!


Giveaway Time!
In honor of my anniversary of getting to live this most amazing life, I want to assist someone else in creating their most magnificent life. So, I am giving away 2 months (4 sessions) of one-on-one coaching with me to one person. You can learn a little more about the work I do right here:

To enter leave a comment below sharing your wild, wonderful dream. If we were to work together, what would you want to work on creating? As far as I am concerned, no desire is off limits! I shall randomly draw a winner on Friday.

Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.

To read more of Jo Anna’s guest posts on Kind Over Matter click here!

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