After a mad morning of cleaning and decluttering to prepare for Christmas and the New Year I was about to sit down with a cup of peppermint tea when I spotted a baby grasshopper on my window sill. I instantly knew it was an important symbol and a message for me. I reached for my phone and starting taking photos. I love macro photography and was hoping to capture a magic shot. Not to be. My shots did not do my little grasshopper any justice. He was bright and beautiful and after a google search I was reminded he is a symbol of good luck. The grasshopper is also a sign you need to take a leap of faith, especially when you feel stuck and hampered by obstacles. Such a timely message for me and many of us I suspect after a challenging COVID year.
After 20+ years working in corporate my role has been made redundant and it’s time for a change. It's time for me to work on my passion projects and hopefully make a little contribution to the world with a sense of freedom, and self expression. Being able to express myself is so appealing. I won't have to follow the company line and get published words or quotes checked by the PR team. It's time to be me, to reconnect fully with my soul and creativity. I have not looked for any new roles as tempting as that may be. It's time to be brave, to take out a blank page and create my future. I will miss the regular monthly payments, the security, the interesting work and connection with others. I will not miss corporate planning, rushing to and from the airport (pre-covid), back to back meetings and working with those who are so busy telling; they have forgotten how to listen. I certainly won’t miss the politics, game playing and the occasional bullies.
Overall as I reflect on my journey I am super grateful for all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had in business over the last twenty plus years. I travelled extensively and met some amazing and inspiring people. To all of you who supported me, challenged me and took a chance on me, you will always have a special place in my heart.
It really has been an adventure but now my soul is calling me in a different direction...at least for now. I am a little anxious but mainly excited to step out into the unknown and take a leap of faith with my bright green grasshopper.
Are you ready to take a leap of faith? If you took away the fear what would you do differently in your life right now? Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath, make the leap and see what happens!
'Until you spread your wings you will have no idea how far you can fly'