I’ve known Andrea for about three years now, and like many of you, I’ve always held her in surpremely high regard. So when she asked me if I’d be interested in guest posting for her while she took a break, there was no way I was going to say no. “Do you have any idea what you’d like me to contribute?” I asked.
“How about something related to renewal or rebirth?” she responded.
I smiled. If there’s something I know about these days, it’s renewal and rebirth.
Six months ago, I was still practicing law, working 20 hour days, missing my husband and my daughter, and wishing that I could live a life that was more fulfilling, rather than draining. And finally, after tons of budget calculations, talks with my husband to make sure he was on board, and encouraging comments from good friends (including, of course, Andrea), I took the leap, and left my analytical, corporate life, for a creative, entrepreneurial one.
It hasn’t always been easy. I’ve made several missteps: I’ve taken freelance gigs that seemed too good to be true (and were); I’ve fretted about our personal budget, and worried about the tanking economy. But through it all, despite it all, I’m still here — and frankly, happier than ever. And it turns out, six months later, there’s one very important thing that I’ve learned, the one thing which, really, I always knew on a subconscious level, but have come to really consciously appreciate:
Intuition is a powerful, powerful thing.
In the past 6 months, I’ve come to the firm, unshakable belief that in fact, we have all the answers. Each of us do. That within us, if we just stop and listen, there is enough guidance to let us know whether the path we’re about to take is the right one for ourselves. That if we all just take a moment to quiet our minds and listen to our hearts, we’ll know exactly what to do.
That the secret to renewal, to rebirth, to metamorphosing into exactly what we’re meant to be is to just be still and listen. It’s not always easy, but it is possible. It just takes conscious, determined practice. I’m not perfect at it, but I am getting better. And trust me, if I can do it, so can you.
And on that note, here’s to learning to listen to our inner voices. May we all become as great as we were all meant to be.
(This post and these photos courtesy of the beautiful and talented Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks )