I originally was going to create a blog series and call it 30 Days of Love.
It sounded sweet, and since everything I write comes out of my love for helping others, I thought I could pull it off.
But then, as I focused more on my rebranded vision, I realized I should call it something else (30 Days of Spark), and by doing that, it would enable me to broaden the scope of what I could say. (I also thought maybe love wasn’t the best word to describe my mission.)
30 Days of Spark was supposed to motivate and inspire you to move in a positive life direction.
But then, I completely axed the whole idea.
Go with the Flow
I’m sharing this with you to prove this point: If you have a vision for something, don’t get hung up over what you call it or even if you’ll succeed. You can always change your idea later, refocus, or completely throw it away in favor of something better.
Trust me, I’m the queen of jumping into things and then realizing – um, perhaps I should tweak that.
Life decisions don’t have to be permanent. Sometimes you have to just go with the flow. Don’t try to over analyze your options to the point of never progressing. When the inspiration is there, act. Your leap might lead to another opportunity that you wouldn’t have been able to see if it wasn’t because you took that first leap.
I’ve Taken Many Leaps
Back in the summer, after moving in with my parents temporarily, I had an idea, a new vision. I created MovingYourStuff.com and by acting on that inspiration, I felt this giddiness inside that made me believe I was moving in the right direction.
But that idea didn’t really take on full form until after I thought long and hard about the future of my Mary Kay business. If you didn’t see the post I wrote about how I used my intuition to leave that venture, I suddenly felt like it wasn’t the right thing for me. It felt right at first, but then, I started to feel out of place – not myself. I sat down several times in meditation and finally received the guidance to step away – entirely.
Yet, that whole experience helped reignite my spark. It helped open my eyes to a life I was meant to live. It dug out my old dreams.
I found my inner voice again.
I don’t know that I’d be sitting here writing this to you after rebranding my blog (to my name!) if it wasn’t because of all those tiny leaps. I went from Mary Kay, to creating a website about moving, to rebranding my personal blog, to wanting to create a series, to signing up for a writers workshop so that I can focus on writing a book.
Just five months ago, I never would have thought I’d be writing again. The universe spoke and I knew I needed to listen. Every time that I have ever listened to that nudge, it has lead be down a road that I never could have imagined.
Choices are the Beginning of Chain Reactions
One day towards the end of January, I figured I’d check out job postings at a local staffing agency. I found something to apply for and within an hour of submitting my application, I was on the phone with an agent scheduling a job interview for that afternoon.
By the end of the day, I had accepted a job offer to work part-time at an accounting services company.
I was excited – mostly because someone actually hired me. Typically, I’m passed over for positions like the one I applied for. With the one I landed, they normally hire college students to fill it, and it was very clear I don’t fit that bill.
Two weeks later, while dropping my daughter off at daycare before heading into the office, I was approached by a Mary Kay director. She was handing out flowers and chocolates to the moms walking in and she was collecting names for a prize drawing. By the end of that week, I was sitting down for lunch with her, crying as I told her I felt like I needed to follow through with whatever lesson there was to be had from God putting her in my life.
So I signed up to be a beauty consultant.
About two months later, my part-time office job terminated my temporary employment contract. I called my director and cried. Knowing I still had my MK business to fall back on, I turned my full attention on it –
– until I started to see conflicting messages. It was then that I knew that I couldn’t represent that. If I were to build a direct sales business, I needed to feel 100% confident in the company culture and their mission.
For several weeks, I tried to ignore the thoughts telling me this isn’t really for me. Initially, I thought that it was just fear surfacing. It wasn’t until after an intentionally meditation designed to help me make a decision did I realize that my intuition really was telling me to leave. And I had to honor that.
The World Won’t End if You Change Your Mind
Yes, I felt embarrassed because everyone knew that I was with a make-up company trying to build a business. I knew that they would probably talk behind my back and call me a failure and laugh at me for trying.
But who’s life am I living? Mine or theirs? Was I supposed to just stick it out because of fear of humiliation?
Every experience has a lesson in it. Mary Kay came to me at a time when I was at my lowest. I needed to rebuild myself up. Mary Kay helped me do that. It helped me believe in myself again. But more than that – it led me down the rabbit hole of all that has happened since.
I’m writing now because I said yes to Mary Kay in February.
And the world didn’t end because I changed my mind.
Make Changes About You
We grow up wanting to fit in and feel loved and accepted. I believe we carry that along with us as adults and we end up basing decisions on how it will affect other people. How many times do you hear stories of people feeling like they had to become a doctor or lawyer because their family expected them to follow in their foot steps?
Whatever it is that you want to do, do it. Don’t ask your family or friends what they think about the idea. Their opinion doesn’t matter. If you feel a calling in your heart to do something, just act.
Changes are more about you than they are about them. You don’t want to end up regretting choices you pass over. You can always change your mind later and refocus in a different direction. In that sense, all inspired changes can lead to more and more inspired changes. Before you know it, your life is completely different.
Jump into the rabbit hole with me,