“And suddenly you know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
After spending 12 years helping to start, build and grow a successful organization, in 2014 I walked away from it all. I left my career, my community and everything that once defined me and my life.
On the surface my life had looked good but deep down my soul was slowly dying. I was profoundly unhappy and I felt guilty because I “should have been happy”. I was making decent money, I had good friends, and not to mention a high level of clout and influence at work.
But I was so busy being who everyone else needed me to be I had no idea who I was or how I wanted to be in the world. My soul beckoned me to go deeper and after coming out of a months long depression I knew I had to start listening.
So in 2014 I walked away from the life I had built for myself. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I also embarked on a journey that would call into question EVERYTHING I believed about myself, the way I lived my life, and the faith and spiritual path that once grounded my life.
The months I spent in that space between my old life and the new one that had not yet taken shape required more courage than I ever dreamed possible. Every day I wondered if I would ever feel whole again and though it took some time, I eventually found my way through the fog of uncertainty.
Questioning the stories I believed about myself helped me write new, more empowering endings for myself.
Looking my fear in the eye, I learned to dance with it rather than run from it.
And letting myself feel externally unsafe for a season helped me find a new level of trust and safety within myself that has proven to be a much stronger anchor and foundation on which to build my life.
While there have been hard moments on the journey, I can say without hesitation that it has all been worth it. Every step along the way has brought me to where I am today doing work I love and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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Some fun facts about me: I’m a globetrotting, savvy single lady with friends on several continents (five and counting). I was born and raised in NYC, Jamaican by heritage and currently living in the South (hello culture shock ☺). I spent every summer of my childhood in Jamaica, so while I’m a city girl through and through, I’m also a self-proclaimed beach snob. In my spare time, you might find me curled up with a book on my couch; wandering around in pursuit of beauty in the ordinary; or attempting to further my budding relationship with yoga. I believe chocolate makes everything better, and life should be filled with moments that make your heart sing. I love the ocean, sun-kissed days and a good cup of steaming hot tea (always tea, never coffee).
Still want to know more about me? Check out this post where I share more about my story and why I do what I do.