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As of Friday (18th December), I won’t live here anymore.
If we think of our websites as our online homes, then Friday is my moving day.
This online house will remain – for now. There are a couple of offerings that will stay available: the Blog for Clients self-study course, and the Turn Your Passion to Profit self-study course; there are also 150+ free blogs plus videos, guides and webinar recordings you can browse through.
I don’t know how long these will remain available beyond the 18th so do invest in the courses and make use of the free resources, while they’re still here.
Where I’ll be
I’m taking a sabbatical. I’m giving myself space to reflect on a decade of self-employment, and making room for what’s calling me next.
Because there is a call. I can feel it, pulling gently at me. I don’t need to push. I don’t need to try and find what’s next.
I heard a speaker recently who asked the question: Do you choose clarity, or do you choose trust?
That had me sit up and listen. Many of us revere clarity. I even called my 1-1 sessions Clarity Sessions. But before we’re clear, we have to trust. Mother Teresa famously said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust.”
Rather than trying to get clear, trying to figure it out – I’m looking forward into an emptiness that has possibilities growing in it.
Trust. Faith. Surrender.
It’s been surprisingly hard to let go. Since announcing earlier this year that I was bringing this business to a close, I’ve grappled with feelings of fear and disorientation. I’ve wondered: Is it irresponsible – both to me and to this community – to move on?
This business worked. It was successful; it was profitable; it helped people – men and women who I admire, respect, love.
But then someone reminded me of the wisdom we receive from the seasons. Summer doesn’t last forever. Autumn always comes. Things change, things die. And what falls is there to feed and give life to what’s next.
A new story, as-yet unwritten
It’s helped to remember times I’ve taken a leap of trust, with no clarity.
When I arrived in Brisbane Australia in my early twenties, I quickly got myself a cold-calling telesales job to pay my way. I hated every second; I literally watched the clock. Without any clarity about how I’d fund the rest of my travels, I quit the job… and when I returned to my youth hostel that night, the hostel owner offered me the job of hostel manager. It turned out to be one of the best jobs I’ve ever done.
My move from employment into self-employment felt similar. I was working as an English and Drama teacher and felt the call to move on; I didn’t know exactly how I’d pay my rent, but I trusted I’d find a way. That brave and faith-full move created space for the business I grew and was nourished by these past ten years.
There are so many more examples like this – a portfolio of evidence that taking the leap into the unknown, fuelled by trust, is what leads to the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences.
I trust these examples weren’t flukes.
I trust that letting go creates space for the new.
I trust that it’s okay that I have no clear picture of what’s next.
Over to you
What do you trust in? When you don’t have clarity, what do you turn to? Does the unknown freak you out, or do you feel a sense of freedom in uncertainty? More than ever, I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.
I’ll also take this chance to say farewell for now. If you’re on my email list, you’ll be first to hear what happens next, so although you might not hear from me for a while, stay connected and I’ll be in touch. (If you’re not already on the list, leave your name/email below to join.)
And if you’ve had your eye on the Blog for Clients self-study course, remember the special price of £195 is valid only until Friday 18th December, 5pm UK. There’s a countdown timer on the page so you can make sure you invest before the price rises. You’ll get instant access to a 102-page colour, illustrated training that guides you step-by-step through how to make blogging work for you. It was my #1 marketing approach throughout my self-employment and I wish the same ease and success for you. Click here for full details and to get instant access.
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“Emptiness has possibilities growing in it” – @CorrinaGB on her decision to walk away from a successful business