Please share your story… what was your leap?
Gawd, I feel like I have been leaping all over the place in the past years! I left my big corporate job, taking a step back to 4 days a week to focus on horse riding and generally having fun. That very same day I found out I was pregnant, so the horse riding was kaiboshed. I was a very grumpy pregnant lady, the new job was a disaster, I went through a big relationship struggle, decided to build my own business, and then had the baby in October last year. He cried for three months solid, I got post natal depression, and am now working on myself and finding happiness from the inside out. I now meditate, do all kinds of energetic healing and various therapies from traditional to woo woo. I love my son and am happy in my marriage, but I battle a bit internally with the fact that I’m on medication, my best friend dumped me, my business is fledgling, I am addicted to sugar and struggling to release that… BUT, I am so happy to have been a confidante for a few women who have also been struggling with the change that a baby makes, I am learning to love myself daily, I am kinder to myself than I’ve ever been before, I have more compassion for those around me. I look for the good in every day and try to live a daily adventure. Big leaps. Great leaps.
I didn’t do ‘the work’ for 10 years. Then I had a baby and the universe turned up the volume so loudly on the fact that there was a lesson here for me to learn that I couldn’t ignore it any longer!! So it was forced on me, and has been a difficult journey (that continues) but I am excited that Sam v 2.0 is emerging, which may otherwise never have happened.
What is it that made this a leap for you?
My whole life has been turned upside down. Very little is the same as it was two years ago. New job, much better marriage (same guy), first baby, post natal depression, meditation and silence, new friends, I’ve become a support for some people which I never really was before, I’m learning to listen to my soul, I’m so excited about my business and have found my zone of genius, a renewed relationship with my mother… not many facets of my life remain untouched!
How long would you say you thought about taking this leap before you did it?
I started to know that a small part of my soul was dying about 2.5 years ago. I started a blog, and enrolled at IIN, then took a change in jobs. Then in the space of two days, I started my new job, sold my horse, my sister (who I’m very close to) moved from Sydney to Melbourne, I was fighting with my husband and I found out I was pregnant. So when the leap happened, it really happened!
If you thought about it for a while first, what changed that allowed you to take action?
My world crashed down around me, forcing the change. I am thankful that despite taking so long to learn the lessons that when they really showed up I have embraced the changes and the new me.
I think without being so open to the possibility of the new, that I would be in a much worse place right now, still railing against it instead of listening to my soul and expanding gently into a new me, a new life.
What was the hardest part before you took the leap? Was anything challenging after you did it?
The most challenging thing after I got started making real change was that my best friend decided she no longer wanted to see or speak to me. A huge, devastating loss. I managed to release her with love and grace, but wish she was still in my life.
The hardest part before the leap was that the message had to get so loud before I listened to it! There’s no need for everything to collapse before you make positive change in your life, people! 😉
How did you keep yourself motivated to stick with the change as it was happening?
This has been hard, as there have been struggles and I sometimes wake up under a cloud. I am kept going by:
– The huge excitement I have over my work now that I’m focusing on things that really light me up
– New friendships that are opening up a new way of interacting and being together
– My wonderful husband
– My newfound ability to listen to my soul. I have to pay attention, but it’s speaking, and I’m learning to listen, and I am so excited by the possibilities that are unfolding
What was the best part of the experience?
Bonding with my beautiful son as I have started to give myself permission to stop.
Learning to listen to the messages from my soul and follow my intuition, both of which I have ignored since that very first graduate job when I chose the corporate ladder over happiness.
Looking back at the leap you made, is there anything you’d do differently if you were doing it again?
I think however it unfolds is exactly as it’s meant to be.
Life is beautiful, and the struggles have made me listen to things in a way I never could before.
What did you learn about yourself from taking this leap? About the world around you, if anything?
I have learned that my soul contains infinite wisdom. I have learned that I can be happy with my job, and love how I spend my time. I have learned that I create my own reality, and I can choose a reality that lights me up and makes me happy. I have learned that happiness and peace come from within, and I must own my emotions, actions and my role in everything that happens.
If you had to describe what making this leap has done for you in one sentence, what would you say?
Shown me the light.
Samantha Sutherland can be found at www.theeverydayadventure.com, on Facebook and on Instagram: @ theeverydayadventure. She also still has space left in her next retreat, which you can find on her website here.