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Follow Your Bliss

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Husband is changing career. For too long now his response to my daily question "how was your day dear?" was "boring". He is an IT manager so his regular hours and nice income have served us well particularly as being self employed my income can be sporadic. He loved his job, we used to say his pc should be the best man at our wedding so great was the bond between them, but after thirteen years his skills need updating and he realised his heart wasn't in it anymore. As my business took off and I got busier following my passion, his boredom became more obvious.

The teachings of Yogi Bhajan state that our true life's purpose would be one that served humanity. With the best will in the world husbands job didn't fit this criteria and this didn't sit well for long term fulfilment. Six years ago I remortgaged our house to retrain and set up my business. Husband didn't bat an eyelid, he supported my crazy ideas without question. He cooked for me, looked after our daughter and patiently listened as I gabbled on about bodies and nutrition, all this when the only rationale I had was a gut feeling so strong I had no choice but to follow it.

Now it's time for me to repay the favour. Sure money will be an issue but I am a huge believer that if you follow your hearts desire the money will come but we need to be open to abundance in all its myriad forms not just financial.

Seeing him get excited about the courses he is booked on gives me a huge thrill. Life is too short for a job you don't like. If your toes don't curl in excitement at your week ahead or you don't feel deeply grateful at how lucky you are to do your work then why would you want to spend the majority of your adult life doing it? Equally if it doesn't scare you just a bit and take you out of your comfort zone then you aren't challenging yourself to trust and surrender to the deep mystery of the universe.

In the words of the mighty and prophetic Led Zeppelin " there are 2 paths you can go by but in the long run there's still time to change the road you're on". Its never the right time to make the change, and that makes it the perfect time to follow your deep bliss. My change was kick started during a "detox your life" workshop by the raw food guru Shazzie. She said "if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem" it buzzed around my head, I didn't know what I wanted to do I just knew I wanted to change so everyday I manifested a career that would be part of the solution.

It found me quite by surprise. I didn't choose this path I was put on it and it felt right in every cell of my body. The confidence and joy I have found in truly knowing my reason for being here, knowing my souls true purpose has permeated into every aspect of my life.

So husband I am deeply proud of you. It takes courage to embrace your true potential and to anyone thinking of leaving the rat race I urge you to listen to your heart, listen to your gut, listen to the little voice we drown out with fear and do it. Throw caution to the wind and set sail on the journey of your life. I will leave you with the inspiring poem.

Our Deepest Fear - by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.