Monday, March 1, 2010

My Big Leap of Faith: Changing Careers

Ok, here's my big leap of faith! I am changing careers! It's been a long road, one that I have had a vision for, for quite a while. I took steps to start down my road about 2 years ago, but did not move forward all the way. This time I am not discouraged or derailed and I have put actions behind my dream!

I gave notice at my current, stable gig to move into what feels like the unknown. I can see there are possibilities and opportunities in every person, situation and in every moment! I will be able to talk more in-depth about the process as I actually move more into it-- right now I am taking things step by step. BUT my initial Leap of Faith was met with resounding support!
I had been thinking about how to move toward my dream I had been carrying around for 2 years. I started by putting some logical stuff in place: finances, possible paths, a class to help me prepare. Little by little I lined things up with my planning and preparation. With each little prompting from God, I would wait to see what doors he opened then I would move forward through the door.

Then came the point where everything had added up, all my praying, planning and prep was at a tipping point and I actually had to make the official decision to move from a place I had been for years: behind a desk. I have worked in many offices: a marketing assistant, receptionist, associate publicist, customer service phone rep... and so on and so forth. These were never really a career for me, but my dream is a career and in the complete opposite direction of working 9-5 behind a desk.


Administrative Mary from 4 years ago!

Four days after giving notice at a great, stable, administrative gig with nothing solid on the horizon but my little plan, my baby steps in the direction I wanted to go, and a still small voice that was prompting me to move, I was met with a great big Yes from the man upstairs! (I will write more later on this!) There is nothing like having your own Leap of Faith affirmed by the God you are placing your faith in!


I am so excited about my life change and career move. Some people might think I am crazy, in this world of people losing their jobs, getting laid off, and I walk away from one job to go after my dream? I think not! I am single, no kids, no house, just me and the kitties on this little adventure, so there is NO better time to do it. Besides, I believe that God is my source, not my bank account, not the economy. God's not struggling or in a recession. And I know I am following his voice through this!

Will it be hard? Maybe!
Am I scared? No! I am surprisingly at peace and excited!
Why did I wait? A number of fears held me in a static place for a long while, when I tried to start this before, I had just quit drinking and was in a strained place.
What made me start on my path? A lot of factors came into play. One was that I felt an urgency to not waste my time outside my calling anymore. I knew I was to make this change and couldn't ignore it. Also, I wanted to do something everyday that really resounded with who I am:

Someone who helps other
someone who enjoys every day
someone who makes a difference
I want to be who I have ALWAYS been! ME!

Professional coffee drinker me--I wish!

I am sure I will write tons more on this over the next few months as I dive into it headfirst!

What am I going to do? What is my new Career? Well, I am moving into a place that I have talked about a little bit before (one announcement a long time ago) and will be able to tell you more info and exactly what I am doing-- but not quite yet! I am going to use a dash of discretion and see where my feet land, then spill.

THANKS for listening, I could really use your happy, fuzzy thoughts this week especially as I have a big day coming up!

AND watch Wednesday for a giveaway to go along with my Big Leap of Faith!!



29 comments:

adrienne said...

Good luck. My plan is going to take a little longer but I can't wait.

I can't wait to hear what it is.

LaShaune said...

Yeah for you. Actually, a big huge YEAH!!!

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

ahhh...your such a tease with your little Wednesday giveaway!

I'm so excited to see what's in store for you!

Cindy said...

I'm so excited to see what your future is going to bring for you, new friend. I can already tell you are going to be fabulous.

Meghan said...

So excited for you! I have some guesses! Im sure it will be good.
When is your last day downtown? We should do lunch again!!!

Lori said...

Congratulations! I am curious, though :D

Alexa said...

Good for you!! Congratulations! If there is ever any way I can help you, do not hesitate to ask.

My Life and Running said...

I adore the line "God is my source!"

Prayers for you & your leap!

Samantha said...

You GO girl! Life is too short to spend it doing something you are not passionate about! :-D I can't wait to hear more about all the new adventures you will have as a result of this decision.

Annika said...

How inspiring! Stay proud about knowing what you want in life, not many do (including me!), Rock on!

Miz said...

CHEERING YOU ON!
as a one time career counselor (dont ask. its my masters degree) I entirely applaud you.
it's scary--yes. but you are is the right place now to do it.
to take that LEAP!

Miz.

Shan said...

I don't even know you, yet I am SO excited for you. :) I wonder why I always thought you worked at home/freelanced in some way? I did not picture you at a 9 to 5 office job. Anyway, I am excited to see and hear more!

Mellissa said...

Good for you! So happy you are taking the steps to do what you love.

Black Girls Run! said...

Congrats Mary! I really enjoy the candidness in which you talk about your faith and the things that God is doing in your life. You are such a source of motivation and encouragement. I'm excited to see what doors God continues to open.
-Ashley

Elizabeth said...

I'm rooting for you, Mary! And thanks for the inspiration to continue to stay true!

Nil17 said...

I'm so excited & proud of you Mary!!!! I know this has been a long time coming for you but I know that you are being led on a great & unknown path.

Good luck with finishing up the desk job & I can't wait to see where you go from here.

Love, hugs & prayers,
Becs

April said...

Praise God!! That is fantastic!! I'm so excited for you! God is so good and so faithful!
God has GREAT things for you Mary!

Love the pic! That would be my ideal job....prof coffee drinker. LOL!

KatDoesDiets said...

Awesome! I hope everything works out really well for you. Can't wait to hear more.

That Pink Girl said...

Whoo hoo to yooo for being BRAVE and DARING to reach for your dreams! So excited for you! Good for you girl!!!

La- The Curvy Life said...

YAY Mary! I know you can do it!! I am so freakin' excited for you! HUGS for your big day!!

La-

Kim H. said...

Yay!! Good for you--you are an inspiration. :)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

yeahhhh!!!! so very happy for you, proud, excited and just love it! I have been working on listening to those inner nudges because I think when you do the universe responds

Cheryl said...

WOW! This is sooooo exciting for you! You and I just met this last Saturday at the Future & Prior Fat Girl event, and after reading this post, I feel like we're sista's! I am doing something just like this...my layoff was the catalyst, the go-ahead sign I needed, and its unbelievable to wake up each morning and LOVE going to work. Can't wait to learn more!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

I spent far too long at a job that I was miserable at. It got to the point that I was crying every morning before work. Not a good way to live. Just as I made that leap, another job came my way. Good things do happen!

Estreitta de Kluetz said...

Mary - I am so Excited for you!

I love it when the Lord confirms His plan He placed in our hearts...

I will be lifting you up in prayer, friend. I know God has ordained your footsteps and Have faith that you will COMPLETE the work He has done and is doing in you, but I also know the miniscule man down stairs likes to bring discouragement and doubt, so my prayer is for protection and momentum to increase as you get closer to attaining that Higher calling! God Speed!

Joey said...

This is awesome! Believe it or not, I did not read this post before I read the glo bar giveaway post & commented there. Funny how God works. :)

Ana said...

Good Luck Mary!
Following the heart in terms of professional realization is the best thing a person can do!
There is nothing like a life when you do what you love!
Don't give up, you are most certainly on the right path!
All the best,
Ana

bethtrue said...

Mary - sending you warm, happy, fuzzy, "go get 'em Girl" thoughts!! can't wait to read all about it!

Steffi said...

Have you been reading the Anti 9 to 5 Guide? 'Cause I just started that book - for many of the same reasons - and I sort of recognized your visual. :)

I'm still in college, but the thought of doing what everyone expects and getting a "regular" 9-5 job after I graduate is revolting. So I sort of know where you're coming from. I'm praying for ya!

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