Take a leap of faith

August 19th 2013

Take a leap of faith
Do you feel trapped in your life? I remember when I was younger the world seemed to hold so many possibilities and it was exciting. We used to just drop everything and try new things. I remember the day we decided to just pack up and move to Austin for a few years. After I graduated college the reality set it. I have massive amounts of debt from credit cards and student loans and my $24,000 a year job wasn’t going to cut it. I stayed in that cycle for years. Working at a job I really didn’t enjoy the pay the bills. I’d get laid off and find another job just like it. Each time I was laid off I would fantasize about having my “dream job” and then wake up and go back to work. That is all I ever knew.

My husband Mark is a very successful hair stylist. He is super talented and spent almost a decade working for commission salons. A commission salon is where you split things 50/50. So for 10 years someone else took ½ of his money. He was usually the top person at any salon he worked and knew he would do much better if he leased a spot and paid rent vs. commission. We struggled with this move for a while because of the amount of money to invest in the move. (credit card machine, making appointments, rent, supplies, etc.) Finally Mark took the leap of faith. We knew he had the skills, the talent, the work ethic, and the clients. Best move he ever did. Mark took his leap of faith in the summer of 2010 and it was the best thing for him and our family.

He inspired me to take my leap of faith. In November of 2010 I signed up to be a Team Beachbody coach. I wasn’t sure where it would take me but I knew how much I loved the products and the people. Being surrounded by like-minded people kept me pushing forward and setting new goals.
I coached part time while working at another job for almost 3 years. The debt we had crippled me mentally and I couldn’t cut the boulder from my back. I was afraid. Take the leap of faith to leave my job was huge. It meant that I would be in charge of it. It would be up to me to make this work and I didn’t have anything to catch me. If you’ve followed me for any length of time on facebook then you know I love what I do. I love helping people and achieving new goals.

Ricks Cafe Negril

Cliff Jumping in Negril at Ricks Cafe

Whatever it is you are thinking about doing you must do it. Get started. I can’t imagine what we would be doing now if Mark was crippled by fear of leaving the comfort of the commission salon. I can’t imagine where we would be if I said no to coaching and stuck with the comfort of the desk job. Take the leap. God wouldn’t give you the desire to want more, the desire to do something else if you weren’t supposed to do it.

Since leaving my job in June here is the list of things I’ve been able to do:
-Travel to Las Vegas
-Travel to Jamaica
-See movies, swim and hang out with my son during the week.
-Bought tickets to see Oprah at the end August (normally a work day)
-Kill my alarm clock
-Help more people (my team, customers, potential customers)
-Never worry about if I can go or not. It is up to my schedule.
-Cook more for the family
I could think of a bigger list but those are the things that stick out to me. Take the leap. You must stop letting the limiting voices in your head tell you that you can’t do it. Mark was always off on Monday. I had to work. Every Monday that goes by I have gratitude that I get to spend it with my family and not sitting in a

Next month we are attending a leadership conference in California. I’ll be there on my birthday. Sometimes I wake up and I can’t believe this is my life. I’m having such a great time living. It is not all sunshine and rainbows. Don’t think that it is. But it is pretty freaking awesome. I broke through fear. I trust in my skills and abilities, and I have faith.
Imagine your life if you broke through fear.

3 comments on “Take a leap of faith

  1. David

    Just a quick note to say to thank you for posting this. I feel a little connected with you on a personal level. We initially met in Las Vegas at a trade show (you were working your old job). I stayed in touch, followed your coaching, your leap of faith, and have been thrilled with the results. You are an inspiration to me.
    All the best,
    David Bailey

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