Thursday July 3, 2014
You came across my mind today, as you do many days (I’m forever grateful for my online community). As you read this I am 5 months into my 6 month South American adventure. There is something that I have realized on this trip and it’s so important that I had to pass it on to you. I hope you take 5 minutes to read this blog - I think you will be happy you did.
So much has happened on this journey and there have been a lot of highs and a few lows. As you probably know last year on August 20, 2013, I lost my father. It was unexpected, fast and a whirlwind of emotion.
I had decided to move to South America before we had any inclination that dad was sick. You see, my business had gotten to the point (and not to mention I was 32 at the time and all of my friends were either home-owners, getting married, having babies and/or a combination of them), where I felt the pressure. It was time to buy a house, a car, invest in this and do that.
And I almost did it. But then I remembered something...
While having those things are great for some people, I didn’t want them.
They weren’t my dreams.
My dream is to travel. My dream is to reach millions of people and help people live their most passionate, inspiring and fun life possible, with my business. My dream is to discover the world and all of its mysteries and magic.
I want to dance under the stars in all of the continents, meet random strangers and have life-changing conversations. I want to try new foods, hear new music, learn a new language and create amazing moments that I will tell my grandchildren one day.
As I hung up from a conversation with my realtor, I knew in my heart it was time to make a life-changing decision. Do I accept this new, lower offer on a house that I saw so much potential in, or do I take the plunge, say no and follow my heart?
I knew who I had to call: My dad.
My dad was always my biggest champion. As I had mentioned in my tribute blog post to him, he was always the one to encourage me to keep going, especially during the most difficult times.
I knew before I made the call, I just needed my #1 champion to confirm with me: Don’t take the offer.
I didn’t and about 5 days later I was sitting having a glass of red wine with one of my best girlfriends discussing what had happened. I said to her, “You know, all I really want to do is to go to South America and start checking off my vision board list”. She said to me, “Then you should go.”… and that was that!
The only thing left to do was let my parents know because they were such great supporters of mine while building my business. Having their support was important to me. When I sat them down in their kitchen and said to them, “Mom, dad… instead of buying a house, I’ve decided to move to South America!”
Their reply was nothing short of amazing… “We think it’s a great idea Jennifer and it’s the perfect fit for you.”
Just two days ago, on July 1st, Canada Day, I visited the spectacular Machu Picchu in Peru. Machu Picchu was one of the first places I knew I wanted to go in South America so up it went on my first vision board. I knew I was called there and when the time was right, it would happen.
Standing on top of one of the peaks looking over the magnificent vistas of the beautiful serene mountains that envelope the area - even with all of the tourists - I felt an overcoming of emotion. Dreams really do come true. It was like dad was giving me a big hug.
While I know that my life is a result of hard work, dedication and patience, I also know that it would have been so much harder without my support system.
I often wonder and hope that other entrepreneurs, especially the incredible self-help coaches out there, like you, have someone to encourage them. During the difficult moments, do you have someone who believes in you?
Whether you do or not, I want you to know that I believe in you. Even if you are no where near the outcome of your ‘big dream’ yet, the fact that you have one and that you are taking steps to it, allows me to know that you have it in you. We all start with nothing but our dreams. Then somehow through this magical and mysterious universe that we live in the, The Law of Attraction starts helping us manifest our reality.
Throughout these last 5 months I’ve had some pretty unreal experiences. From the people that I have met, to the scenarios they have created and the learning, emotion and lessons that these situation have evoked. To having moments where it feels as though my heart is broken again because I miss my dad so much, to feeling a full heart knowing that he is here with me in every yellow butterfly that seems to follow me around no matter where I go.
Even though he is not here, I know he still believes in me. And the truth is, there are so many more people who believe in me, too. But that’s when I realized that not everyone is as lucky. For whatever reason, not everyone has such strong supporters in their corner to help them to the finish line.
I want you to know that whether you have just one, none or a conga line full of supporters, I believe in you.
I believe that whatever dream you are given, you have the capacity to create it. I believe that your dreams can become a reality and I wanted to tell you that.
No matter where you are. No matter how much has gone wrong or not worked remember that everything is always working out for you. That the universe is in support of you and that you can do this.
The journey to this point in my dream hasn’t always been easy. Now that I am here, I have new dreams, goals and plans that I am working on. I’ve found that there is so much truth in needing to create a community of support. It’s why I have coaches, go to seminars and have entrepreneurial friends.
Lastly, one of the best outcomes of this trip has been a sharpening in my intuition. I’ve learned to fully trust that little voice inside my heart that gives me my ideas - no matter how much they do or don’t make any sense.
The voice inside my heart knew I had to write this blog post today as well as offer you another opportunity of support.
We must stand in the truth of who we are. We must have the courage to take huge leaps of faith when life can get tough and seem like there is no way out. We must remember that there is always a way.
There is always a way and in case you needed this reminder today, there is someone who believes in you… me. I want to invite you to join the Live Your Awesomeness Facebook group where everyday you will get help, support, encouragement and inspiration to keep you moving closer to your dreams everyday.
You deserve to have the dream business that gives you the lifestyle and impact you truly desire.
One of my favourite Steve Job quotes is this one...
"Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
It’s powerful and true. Keep reaching for your dreams, they are yours beacuse you can make them happen.
Live Your Awesomeness,
P.S. When you join the FB group, tag me in a post and tell me your big dream! Join the group for free, here.