It is tough to walk away from certain things.
Change is hard.
I’ve been having trouble getting my mind to comprehend the changes I need to make as I transition to a new career. My mind wants to stick with what I know because I’ve been building on what I know for years.
Design is a niche I’m comfortable with. I’ve done it as a side job for a long time. I know a lot about it, and even though I’ve never really put forth the effort to make it grow, I’ve enjoyed the work that I do get.
I’ve spent many years doing decorating consultations because I love the business and it’s a hobby of mine.
Real estate was something else I was good at. I spent many hours learning and investing myself into the business. I didn’t continue to put the time in it to make it grow either, but I kept my license in case I want to do a related job in the future.
Aside from a few jobs where I worked for someone else, I’ve been an entrepreneur all of my adult life. However, what I’ve always done, is no longer what I want to do because it isn’t working out as well as it used to.
I spent the past two years trying to figure out something else that I can do; and praying for wisdom the entire time. Finally, it dawned on me.
The reason why the old things no longer work as well is because it is time to move forward.
IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.
I fell to my knees in March of 2018, realizing I had been going down my own path. I was being led by my own will. God’s grace had brought me far in life; however, my will was no longer working out for my good.
My husband supported me and allowed me some time to try new things to see what I like doing. I tried various jobs related to what I already know how to do. I also tried the jobs I’ve always dreamed of doing.
Between March of 2018 and March of 2020, I probably tried a dozen different jobs, mostly related to the design and real estate industries.
However, none of those things have worked out to be a substantial source of income. During this time of transition, I’ve come to realize that there are some things that are in your life only for a season.
Through this, I’ve learned a valuable lesson…
…ALLOWING OLD THINGS TO PASS AWAY CAUSES GROWTH.
Circumstances change as we grow older, but that change isn’t a bad thing.
We have to adapt to those changes whether we like it or not, but that adaptation can be part of what keeps us going and growing.
Things can’t always be as they were. You have to allow changes to take place. It’s part of life. It’s part of growth.
The truth is, my mind doesn’t want to move forward. It wants to stay in what worked in the past. It wants my children to remain at home, my body to continue to burn carbs the way it once did, and my past career path to work.
When you have a major decision to make, remember that only God knows the outcome. Allowing Him to lead and guide your steps is the best way to continue on the right path.
I could remain stuck in a rut, trying to force things to work, or, I could go with the flow and allow God to mold me and shape me into something better and stronger than I was before.
I’ve decided to leave the old things behind and move forward to something new. I have so much peace about this, I’m actually excited about the transition. I feel that I am being molded into a better person.
Being molded means you are going to get bent out of shape, at first.
Think about a ball of clay. In order to transform it into the shape you desire, you must first wet and knead it.
If a ball of clay had feelings, it would be an uncomfortable change. As a matter of fact, it would be downright painful.
However, once the clay mold is transformed, what is left is a beautiful finished piece of pottery.
During a time of transformation, change is hard. But if what worked in the past doesn’t work anymore, it may be time to be molded into something different, something better, something more beautiful and successful.
You can’t have in the fall season, what you had in the summer season. The warm weather begins to fade away. The days get shorter and you know you’re in transition to winter time.
The fall is a season of adaptation. The weather allows us time to adjust before turning completely cold.
Then the winter months set in. The leaves fall and trees become bear. Suddenly we go from wearing a light jacket to wearing a heavy coat.
We find indoor activities to keep ourselves busy, and adaptation turns into acceptance.
Seasons of life are very similar. You have to be willing to adapt in order to accept the fact that God is doing something new in your life.
Adaptation to life’s circumstances brings progress. Doing the same old thing, the same old way, will hinder your success; and it will hinder God’s will for your life.
Walking away from what I love to do isn’t easy. As a matter of fact, I find myself grieving over it. But my heart knows it is the right thing to do.
What is right is to sacrifice my own pleasures, desires, and will for the sake of others.
My new career is all about helping others BREAK FREE from financial burdens, educating them to make better financial decisions, and helping them to invest in their future.
I plan to move forward to a BS in accounting and my new career as a financial advisor will be something that I’ve never done before. I’m in transition but I trust that it is not only for my best interest, but for the best interest of many others as well.
No job I’ve ever done would’ve prepared me for this, nor did I see it coming. The idea hit me right out of the blue, “It’s time to go back to school.” As soon as I heard my heart say that, I jumped right into acceptance.
It is a new season, and I’m running full throttle toward my calling.
SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO LET THE THINGS OF THE PAST GO, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS.
The easy thing is to keep doing what you’ve always done. But change doesn’t happen in the comfortable or the easy. It happens in allowing your heart to lead, not your head.
Your head will keep those children at home. Your heart will allow them to grow up. Your head will hold on to that house that is now too large. Your heart will sell it and use the money to pay off debts.
Your head and your heart are in conflict because God’s will is in your heart, and your will is in your head.
Our ways are not God’s ways. He leads us on a different path than what our minds can comprehend. His path isn’t always comfortable, and it doesn’t always make sense, but it is the right way to go.
His path could very well be the hardest choice you’ve ever had to make, but His path is the one that leads to a good life & PEACE.
Choose the narrow HARD path, and it will bring you to your destiny.
Grow with me, my friends. Give me a shout out to let me know where you’re at in life. Has anything motivated you to do something different lately? 🙂