“But what do you WANT to do?” my friend asked me, as we sat enjoying the spring weather after devouring giant bowls of ramen for lunch.
There are a lot of things I want to do, however, it didn’t take me long to come up with the number one item on that list, “What I really really want, almost more than anything right now, is to take some time off work. I would be soooo happy to just NOT WORK for two months.”
“So, why don’t you?” .. And I started to cry.
Wisdom. Insight. The gentle nudgings of those who know you best.
I’ve known for awhile that I need some time off. Time to indulge in housework and yardwork and organization. Time to finally catch up with the friends who work opposite schedules from me. Time to visit my Grandma. Time to research all the crazy business ideas I’ve got rolling around in my brain. Time to cook. Time to lavish attention on my handsome man. Time to sit back and enjoy the upcoming summer weather and all the summer activities that go along with it!
For the past few months, every time a friend or customer tells me they’re not working right now, my response has been, “Funemployed?! Awesome!!” It’s garnered a few raised eyebrows, which I’ve barely noticed since I immediately slip into daydream mode. But I know how The Universe works: The things you focus on, think about, wish for, are the things that start showing up in your life. “I can’t keep telling The Universe how much I want to not work, because then that’s going to happen, and what on earth will I do if I lose my job??” Cue anxiety, stress, and despair.. because although work hasn’t been the same lately, I didn’t have a back up plan, I didn’t want to leave, I was resisting change.
But funny things happen when you open yourself up to possibility. “Maybe I need to come talk to your boss,” I continued our lunch conversation, since her boss happens to also be a previous boss of mine, and I’m confident he’d be open to the idea of my return. And then he walked in the door. For reals. We had a quick chat. “Call me any time,” he told me. Ok then. Next, as I walked to my car, I decided to pop into a place nearby to say hi to another friend. I sat at the bar while she worked around me, and we chatted. And then I realized how comfortable and happy I always am there.. “Hey, would you hire me part time, starting in August?” “Uh, absolutely!! In fact, I was just putting out into The Universe that I need more people that I know and trust to come work for me!” And then I knew that this was really really for reals what I want, and need.
I went home and typed up my resignation letter. I didn’t even write a draft, just typed it and hit Print. Less than 24 hours later it was official.
Sure, it’s a little scary, and it’s a little sad, but it feels so damn good! It feels right. And it’s the right way for me to leave a company that’s been so important to me – on my terms, and on a positive note. And it’s hella exciting!!!! There are big opportunities coming down the pipes to me, I know it with every fibre of my being.
So that. Life. She’s a funny one.
A couple of gems to wrap things up: The first was posted by a friend, a quote from an article about Mercury being in Retrograde (yeah yeah, hippies everywhere..)
“Our lives will only be as amazing as the chances we let ourselves take.” Yes. 100% Yes.
The second was my Note From The Universe, sent to me yesterday:
“You can “dance” with the illusions of time and space, McKinnley, choosing your “steps” based upon things and events as they now are, or you can dance with your dreams, choosing your steps based upon things and events as they will be.
And I bet you can guess which steps will perpetuate today’s illusions, and which ones will change everything…
Here’s a little secret: Nobody is ever 100% ready or prepared. Those who succeed, however, are the people who are willing to say YES, and run with the opportunities as they present themselves.
I’ve talked about having my own business for quite awhile now. A few years ago as I chatted with my massage therapist during a session, she got really excited and told me about this program she was putting together, and asked if I’d like to offer my business as part of the reward pack! Amazing!!! What a huge opportunity being simply handed to me.
I even had an entire month to get my stuff together. But at the time, I had no “business” per se, just an idea. I had no website, no business cards, no outline of what I would even offer. Instead of jumping off that freaking massage table and getting to work, I hummed and hawed, I made excuses, and in the end I convinced myself that there simply wasn’t enough time to do it “right,” and that it clearly wasn’t the right opportunity for me or it would have come at a more convenient moment.
*snort!* Oh boy, have I learned differently. Anybody who is successful in any area of their life will tell you that the opportunities that got them where they are did NOT, in fact, show up at the most opportune times. The only difference, is that they said, “Absolutely,” when something was offered to them, and they worked their butts off to make it happen. Were they totally freaked out? Yup. Pretty much every one of those people will openly admit to being somewhere between really nervous and totally terrified, BUT THEY DID IT ANYWAY.
Huh. How ‘bout that. So, what if I’d say “yeehaw!” to that business offer I’d had? By now I would have that experience under my belt. I’d have figured out and implemented some sort of game plan. Maybe it was exactly what I wanted to do and it went off without a hitch, and I’d be 5 years further along that career path. Or maybe it didn’t turn out the way I’d have liked and I shifted gears, and then I’d be 5 years further along a different career path. Regardless, I would have done something, headed somewhere, and who knows where that opportunity would have led.by McKinnley