Last week, I talked about the role courage plays when we commit to building a bold true life. Today, I want to chat about another important element on this journey – trust. This particular topic has been a major challenge for me personally. I’ve always had a strong connection with my intuition, but I’ve often struggled choosing between the voice in my head and the longing in my heart. During my college years and as I was getting ready to graduate, it felt impossible for me to stick with one path. I couldn’t see myself in the traditional workforce for an entire career, but I had no clue how else I could make things work. It didn’t seem like there was much of a choice in the matter.
As graduation loomed, one of the ideas I had rolling around in my mind was taking some time off and spending it Ethiopia. I really wanted a chance to spend quality time with my extended family and also to volunteer with a health related organization there. Having been born and growing up in the US, I’d never spent more than 2 months “back home” and this transition seemed like it might be the perfect opportunity. Just thinking about the possibility lit me up… but it also made me really nervous. I had no idea where to start looking for organizations to work with. And the thought of leaving behind my comfort zone, for an extended period of time, was pretty intimidating too. I also worried about how things would be after coming back home. What would I do next? There were so many questions I didn’t know the answers to, but I couldn’t stop thinking about this dream.
Even though I wasn’t sure how to make it happen, I slowly began sharing the idea with people. It wasn’t a surprise when my parents were incredibly supportive and encouraging. But what did surprise me was all the help and encouragement I received from others also. People offered me useful suggestions and networking connections without me even asking. They got excited just hearing about my “dream” and wanted to help. Six months after graduating, I was on a flight to Addis Ababa. There were plenty of ups and downs during the six months that I stayed, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. And within a month of returning home, I managed to find a job that I was excited about!
Whenever I’m feeling torn about big decisions or worrying about details I can’t control nowadays, one of the memories I look back on for comfort is that time in Ethiopia. Even though I didn’t know what I was doing and faced struggles all along the way, I made it through. And for every struggle I dealt with, there was also a magical moment I never would’ve enjoyed if I hadn’t taken that trip.
Some of the best experiences in life live on the other side of our fear.
My 6 month adventure in Ethiopia has been the confidence catalyst for most of the major decisions I’ve made since then. Becoming a life coach and EFT practitioner, transitioning from a full-time job to a part-time one, and starting this blog were all a product of learning to trust myself over time. As much as I tried to, I never had all the answers at the beginning of each of these pursuits. But I’m figuring them out as I go. Even on the (numerous) days that I feel stressed, scared, and unsure about what I’m doing, I know, deep down, that I’m right where I belong.
It’s often the thrill of a dream that attracts us to it. The blend of excitement and fear it incites in us is actually part of its appeal.
When we have the courage to pursue our dreams, we open up our portal to trust. And with each new experience, that trust develops a little more. Listening to our internal guidance system starts to feel more natural over time and with practice. When we’re willing to lean in to the uncertainty long enough to reach the other side of a dream, our faith grows.
Every dream is an opportunity to practice and deepen our sense of trust.
So where would YOU like to invite more trust into your life?
What dreams are you currently pursuing or thinking about?
Let me know in an email or comment below the post!
Peace and blessings,
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