Once upon a time, there was a girl living in a beautiful mountain town in Colorado who had a dream. She dreamed of leaving her job that she loved (worked there for 3 years), moving out of her beautiful home (lived there for 2 years), selling the majority of her belongings and leaving the country solo for 6 months to go volunteer around the world, having no idea what was to come of this. Ladies and gentlemen, this was NEVER my dream. This was NEVER something that EVER crossed my mind, let alone the thought that I could pull this off, especially in the little time I had to put this all together (less than 5 months). This feeling/ calling that absolutely took over my head and my heart caught me COMPLETELY off guard and deep down I knew, I was being guided and am ready. For what? I have no idea and am determined to find out. The real story goes a little something like this…
On the morning of May 29th, 2014, I went to a new chiropractor that came highly recommended by a friend. He adjusted me and I felt great for the rest of the afternoon. The next day, I went to reach for a glass of water and completely collapsed to the floor, shrieking in pain, confused at what had just happened that left me immobile, curled on the floor, numb, unable to move…
Little did I know at the time, but there was a greater plan at play. One that forced me to the floor, literally, forcing me to take a close look at myself and have some heart to heart moments, in which I found myself asking, as the tears came running down my face, “ What is my purpose in this life? Is this it? Why do I feel like something is still missing? I want to leave this world a better place! Please, just tell me what to do, I promise I’ll listen….” In that moment, I surrendered everything. It took me being vulnerable, not able to work or move to sit in my own thoughts so that I would be open, to listen….
Life has a funny way of getting our attention. Several weeks later, as my back was slowly healing, I was putting laundry away and a voice stopped me in my tracks delivering a crystal clear message. It said, “Put your life on hold for 6 months and go volunteer around the world. Start in Vietnam, Cambodia, then India and that’s all I heard at the time.
I definitely wasn’t prepared for that! I panicked and was so shocked at the clarity that I tried to tell myself that I was losing my mind. I tried to ignore the very message. I let fear take over which only made it worse, as it consumed every part of my being. I couldn’t stop the thought, “What if this is what I am being “called” to do?” How could I pretend I didn’t hear that? I just asked for guidance and the answer came to me clear as day. I made a promise, to be open, to listen, to take action. I will not live with regrets, I will be the change, and I WILL move forward! I knew I had make a decision. I didn’t have much time and I knew, I needed to take a deep breath, to trust in this and to JUMP off the cliff! On June 18th, my purpose project was born!
I once read a quote by Judith McNaught that said, “ There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it, listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications and just go for it.”
I look forward to sharing the journey with you. Thank you for you support and being part of something beautiful!