One year ago, I attended the Tony Robbins "Unleash The Power Within" seminar. I went there to explore my fears, my passions, what was holding me back, my hidden powers, and to uncover what I really wanted to do with my life.
At the time, I was working at an incredible design firm in Denver, CO. I had started as an intern, to begin my new career as an Interior Designer. However, my experience, expertise, and the fact that I allowed myself to slip back into my comfort zone led me down a very different path. Five years later, I was Principal at this firm. But not as a Designer. Instead, I was leading the Marketing and Business Development team, and was now being offered Partnership. Wow - I've accomplished so much! I should accept this incredible offer! However, I new I was unfulfilled.
I agreed to completely immerse myself in the seminar, diving in 100%. I'll admit, the first part of Day One I felt ridiculous - jumping up and down, waving my hands in the air?!?! But I did it anyway. By day four I could barely stay seated when we were supposed to. I did the work and delved into my deepest darkest fears. I walked across hot coals, which is one of the coolest and most powerful things I've ever done. I get the chills just thinking about how I felt when I reached the other side!! I imagined what my life would be like if I followed my dreams. What it would be like if I didn't. I uncovered my super powers - my creativity, my compassion, my drive, my desire to help others, my authenticity, my kindness, and my overall passion for life!
The seminar started on Thursday. By Saturday, I knew I needed to start a new career path and tap back into my creative side. I knew deep in my heart that I am a Designer and an Entrepreneur. I realized I would never be truly happy if I did not follow my dreams, and create a rich, fulfilling life for myself. So the plan was to finish out the year, save some money, and start my own company in January 2018.
Saturday afternoon, I spoke with a volunteer, Laticia. I can't even describe her incredible enthusiasm - she was filled with energy & light, and was thrilled to be giving back! I was so excited to share my breakthrough and my plan for 2018, until she told me her story.
Laticia had been a divorce lawyer for several years and was in the process of becoming a judge when she first attended "Unleash The Power Within". It was there that she realized: A.) Her career was one filled with conflict, anger, and arguing, B.) Her career was in conflict with who she was as a person, and C.) She was about to commit to this career for the rest of her life.
When Tony said: "If you want to take over the island, you've got to burn the boats", Laticia decided she needed to burn the boats. Immediately! She quit her job when she returned and opened up a Mediation Practice. Now, she's using her skills to help people through the divorce process. Assist people in coming to agreements. To stop the fighting and encourage people resolve their conflicts peacefully. She is wildly successful and could not be happier!
The moment she finished sharing her story, I committed to give my notice on Monday. I did not know the "how", but I knew if I moved forward without fear, the solutions and the "how", would present themselves to me. I would fill in the blanks as I went along, because this was the right path for me; I would be true to my heart.
Sunday, I sat next to a woman named Cristy and we compared notes. I told her I was starting my own Interior Decorating business the next day. This is the first time I had proclaimed this (other than to Laticia) out loud. Turns out, Cristy had just closed on a new house and she instantly became my first client. That was it - I was an Interior Decorator! Amazing how the Universe works! How powerful it is to be in action and the results that are manifested!!
How did I start my business? I just started it. This past year has been absolutely incredible! I have learned so much about the industry, worked with amazing people, and accomplished so much both personally and professionally! Now, I'm ready to take things to the next level. How am I going to do that? I'm just going to start doing it. Starting with this blog post. Starting right now.
Join me in my journey of self-exploration, creativity, adventure, and pushing the limits of what is possible; in every way possible! Whether you're starting a new business, working toward a healthier lifestyle, wanting to clean out your garage, looking to engage with the community, or just start leading the life you desire in general, get started right now! Just take one step and suddenly you're no longer talking about change, you're actually changing!