It’s been awhile.
I feel like I’ve been saying that in a lot of my posts lately (which are few and far between). The last few months have been a bit of a challenge. I’ve been juggling three jobs while also trying to keep up with family and friends, hobbies, caring for a 70lb puppy, and trying to have some valuable downtime.
They say you can’t do everything well, and for awhile I was trying to do everything anyways–then I crashed.
I realized I could only do a few things well, and there were certain responsibilities that demanded 100% from me–however, these responsibilities weren’t necessarily in line with my priorities. And so the things I really wanted to do, and the things I am most passionate about fell to the wayside.
I say this with total sincerity: every week that went by when I didn’t post an Intuitive Eating blog or do my Friday’s Favourites, or respond to a blog comment or question, my heart broke a little bit.
A couple weeks ago I woke up and realized my priorities had been turned upside down. The things that were supposed to be small and on the side were taking up all of my time and energy, while the things I wanted to focus on were getting little to no time at all.
However, there are realities in life that cannot be ignored. Most of mine come in the form of a 70lb dog who eats like a horse and smothers me in slobbery kisses to remind me she exists (love you, Zoey!)
It was a dilemma, and I found myself at a crossroads. I had to make a choice.
And so I decided to take a leap of faith. And that meant dropping one of my jobs.
I now have only two jobs: Villages of Hope-Africa and Libero Network. While I remain on call as a makeup artist (and I do love it and have passion for it as well), it no longer is something that demands time out of my week–I will only offer it the time that I have to give; first dibs will always go to my writing and speaking, my work with Libero Network, and VOH.
This leap means I am no longer full-time employed, but only partially. The rest of my time is spent volunteering. And, yes, that is a little frightening. (I’ve been trying to convince Zoey to start earning her keep, but she doesn’t seem to have the attention span to hold long-term employment). But I believe in Libero Network, I believe this is what I’ve been called to do, and I am going to give it my best shot.
It’s now or never, and I’m not giving up.
The next few months will involve many things I enjoy and a few things I don’t. I will be expanding my public speaking (under the umbrella of Libero Network); writing more consistently, including guest writing; and working with the Libero Network team on various projects and expansions. I will also be networking–finding organizations we can partner with as well as donors and corporate sponsors.
Am I bit nervous? Of course I am! But that is how I know I am taking it seriously. Mostly, though, I am dangerously excited.
I say “dangerously” because this is the kind of excitement that doesn’t fade. This is the kind of excitement that drives determination and that “go for gold” attitude. This is the kind of excitement that fades out everything around you until there is nothing else to focus on but moving forward.
I am so blessed by the team over at Libero Network–I know they have my back as well as the organizations’. They are a group who deserves a standing ovation each and every day for their time, passion, and commitment. With them by my side, I know I will never be alone in this. The same goes for the Libero Network community as well as my friends and family–it is your support that instilled in me the confidence I need to take this risk.
I believe we all have a calling; I believe each and every one of us was placed on this earth to serve a purpose. And so my question to you is this: is there a leap you should be taking? And if so, what is holding you back? Maybe it’s time to finally make the jump–you owe it to yourself to give it your best shot. Sure, there may be some things to lose, but of more importance is everything you have to gain.
And so here I go–I am taking the leap…what do you say? Will you take this leap with me?
I don’t usually (ever?) do this; but in light of the nature of this post, I am going to reach out. Libero Network would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the amazing individuals who support us–whether through their time, resources, or expertise. We are at a place now where we face some financial needs–as we expand and look to doing more public speaking, community service, and outreach through conferences, distributing resources, and hosting events, man-power, finances, and overall support are needed. In addition, we also need to support the individuals who put their blood, sweat, and tears into keeping this thing running (this includes others beyond just myself).
And so if you are interested in taking this leap with us and coming alongside to help, please consider:
- Making a donation (every small bit helps),
- Sponsoring us (through your business/company),
- or applying as a volunteer (writers and other positions).
And equally as important, if you do not have the time or resources to do these things, we ask for your support through encouragement, prayer, and overall cheerleading–we couldn’t do this without you!
Here’s to the things to come!