Don’t be afraid to change


photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson

Ms Jenny picked the most timely quote this week! As you know, I’ve been on a journey of significant change for about a year now, with the Courageous Coaching Training Program. I’m slowly but surely starting my Coaching practice with a handful of WONDERFUL clients, while still doing the 9-5 thing (since bills don’t magically disappear, even when you’ve found your life’s work!).

…but I was OK, because I had a plan! After all, who doesn’t love a plan? Certainly not me.

My plan was to stay at the day job I’d been doing until I’d saved enough to leave and follow my dream. It made sense. I’ve been doing the job for 10 years, so what’s 1 more?

Then I got an email about a different day job. One that offered me more schedule flexibility and less pressure.

Whoa. But I have a plan! But the flexibility!

This back and forth happened for a little while (in my head!) until I bit the bullet and responded to the email.

Fast forward to today and my last day at the job I’ve been doing for 10 years is tomorrow. I’m even able to take some time off and get things together before starting my flexible new day job in a couple of weeks.

Whoa. Talk about gaining something better. Will I be very sad to walk away from the wonderful people who have been a part of my life for the last decade (including my wedding, the loss of both of my grandmothers and my mother’s battle with breast cancer)? You’re damn right I will be, but what I’m gaining is so completely amazing. I’m gaining freedom and space in my life. I’m gaining the opportunity to keep a steady paycheck but have more time to devote to my life’s work.

Change is scary. Trust me – I get that, and I’m well aware that all of the things I’m gaining are sitting on top of a nice layer of fear – but I invite you to consider what might be gained if you bit the bullet on something. Just start there. Simply considering…and see what comes next.

Thank you for being on this journey with me.
?, Lara

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