Is it Time for your Big Leap?

Have you been wanting to make a big leap? Have you ever thought what life would be like if you took that risk, followed your heart’s desire, went with your gut on the next step in your life? Or have you held back- scared of what might happen in the big unknown? Lived in fear of what would happen, or in fear of what would happen if it actually worked?

I knew all of those feelings for years- through most of my 20’s actually. Constantly questioning what my intuition was telling me. Making myself sick by being in a job I didn’t feel passionate about. Day dreaming about what life would be like if I just changed something. Anything.

I know you’ve been there. We all have. I work with several of you daily who are either right at that point in your life where it’s time to leap, or you just have and you are experiencing the anxiety and emotional blocks that often comes with it. I’d say this is the number 1 topic that comes up in my one-on-one work, and I want you to know right now that you are not alone.

At some point in all of your lives, you will face choices in which you either stay where you are and live a life that feels ‘so so’ or not fully ‘right’, or you can take the big leap and decide that even though you have no idea what might happen if you ________ (Insert action here, ie quit your job, move across country, take that trip around the world, break up with him/her….) the risk of NOT doing it becomes greater than the risk of doing it.

Have you ever been in such a situation? What did you do? Or are you there now?

It’s incredibly hard to believe, but yesterday marked the 5 year anniversary since I took my Big Leap- when I handed in my resignation at my corporate finance job. So much has changed since then, and if I would have known then what I know now, I would probably have done it much sooner! I remember those sleepless nights of knowing what I had to do, but being so scared of what would happen? What would people think? Would I fail? Would I succeed? Could I trust my intuition so fiercely and fully and just go for it?

At the time, my body was behaving like that of an 85 year old, even though I was only 27. Sick, tired, pale, in pain and countless doctors giving me the ‘no diagnosis diagnosis’. At a certain point, the risk to remain where I was became greater than the risk to leap into something new, and so I went for it.

I had NO clue what I wanted to do when I resigned {and I even hid it from my family and friends for a few weeks, sorry mom and dad}. I just knew that I needed time to heal, and that I eventually wanted to help people connect with their soul in an authentic way and live an amazing life. What started with a yoga teacher training a month later led to a trip around the world to live in jungles in 4 countries. Intense studies with master yoga instructors and living legends in the healing world, as well as the hidden secret ones. Starting one business and it failing- miserably. Starting the next one while working 4 side jobs to make it work. Experiencing huge bursts of success. Pushing my own boundaries. Learning who I am and what I am worth. And so much more….

I also got my health back, greatly reduced my anxiety, and live a pain free life, which every doctor told me was impossible just 5 years ago.

Despite the hardships, flat falls on my face, dark nights of the soul around my purpose, hilarious mistakes and growing pains, I was able to experience some of the most magical, breathtaking, life affirming and whole hearted love for the universe and my mission that could never have happened if I hadn’t taken that big leap.

Everyone thought I was crazy at the time for giving up the big paycheck and seemingly ‘perfect’ life, but the irony is, now that I spend my days in service and doing what I love, I get to sleep in every day, set my own schedule, have a nicer apartment at the beach, an amazing relationship, travel more, have met truly amazing soul sister friends… and make more than I ever did in that ‘perfect’ job.

How I am in that service to others is constantly shifting and changing, and a new incarnation of my work is coming so soon I can taste it…it’s almost killing me that I couldn’t announce it today of all days, but it is still waiting to be birthed… soon… but what I can tell you, is that connecting to your Intuition and soul’s truth plays a big part in what is coming, and providing a framework to take such steps with fierce grace, courage and acceptance. The majority of you who come here are in this place already, and it’s about time we make it formal.

I must say, taking that ‘Big Leap’ 5 years ago and running my own business has been the greatest spiritual experience of my life and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

What can you do if you are in this place? Here are 3 steps to start the process:
1. Sit in Stillness– I know I say this a lot, but it really is the source from which your intuition will spring forth. Sit for at least 5-10 minutes a day, and just begin to notice what comes up for you. What thoughts keep repeating, what your inner wisdom is trying to tell you. You already know everything you need to be happy, but you need to create the space to listen to what your inner voice is telling you that is.

2. Visioning– I’m not talking the woo woo vision boards- though don’t get me wrong, they do somehow work. But cutting up magazines and pasting always feels a bit silly to me. What I’m talking about here is real deal, with solid intention to see into what life you really want to be living- Day Dreaming. First of all it feels good, and second of all, day dreams actually stimulate both our minds and our subtle body systems to start creating the life that we dream of. It’s quite literal, and it works. Don’t worry about the HOW these things will come to be, just start imagining yourself in your ideal life, and the answers of how will begin to appear as you get more clear.

3. Seek out community of other individuals who are taking leaps in their lives. Trust me, it’s much easier to find your wings in the midst of a leap if you have hands to hold you and guide you. I’m building out just such a community, but in the meantime, start asking around to see if any of your friends are in such a place. Or dip your feet in the entrepreneurial world, or set an intention to find a community and see what opportunities arise. You never know who you might meet or what perfect solution may magically appear just by putting yourself out there in a new way.

Like I said, you are not alone. More and more people are taking huge leaps in their lives, and the more we talk about it and help each other, the more beautiful the results are going to be. So, I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever taken a Big Leap? If so, how did it go? Or did you hold back at some point, and wish you had done something differently?

Jennifer Blackstock