This past year has been very special for me, to say the least. It was the year I finally listened to a strong ache for change that had been gnawing at me for some time now. I finally stopped making excuses and did what I had to do to get to a new state, and was surprised by how smoothly things fell into place once I set the intention to make this vision concrete.
Now when people ask me how life has been since making these changes, I tell them that I’m 100% sure I made the right decision to follow my instincts. I have zero regrets. My soul has come alive in ways that it hadn’t in a long time. I’m waking up again and learning to trust myself.
So trust your intuition.
Your soul knows when it’s crying for change. Follow it. Even if that new path means more responsibility, more uncertainty, and more challenges, it might also mean more meaning, more impact, and more alignment with your calling.
The moment I came across a poem by John O’Donahue called For a New Beginning, I got chills. It described, word-for-word, the gradual process it often takes to finally embrace (and create) change. It resonated with me so much that I actually cried — out of compassion for the part of my soul that felt stifled for so long, but also out of gratitude for the courageous part of me that finally gave my soul what it needed. I hope this poem touches you in a special way too, as you welcome in the New Year.
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This Beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that Sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered, would you always live like this?
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Iyanla Vanzant said, “When the time comes for you to make a change or to grow, the universe will make you so uncomfortable you will eventually have no choice.” So lean into that discomfort. Heed what it’s trying to tell you. Follow that gut-feeling. It won’t lead you astray.
We’re not just entering a new year, my friends. We’re entering a new decade. So let’s make this an epic one.