I am so overwhelmed with emotion right now. Happiness. Excitement. Pride. Fear. Gratitude. Purpose. After over 5 years working in Sales & Trading at JP Morgan, I resigned today to take a bet on myself and start my own health & wellness coaching business.
It is bittersweet. Although I have never loved Finance, and there were times I truly hated my job, I worked with some truly incredible people. JP Morgan taught me an absurd amount, introduced me to some of my best friends and mentors and was the place where I met the love of my life.
I feel truly blessed by the number of people who have reached out to me today to wish me luck on my new journey, and to tell me how proud they are or how happy I seem. Let me tell you I’ve got ALL the feels right now.
I also got a few “SO jealous” comments, so let’s talk about that. Life is YOURS to be lived. You get to make the rules. If you are not happy, please do NOT settle and accept mediocrity. That goes for all areas of your life: career, relationships, health. When you stop settling for what doesn’t serve you, you honor your self-worth, and when you honor your self-worth the universe responds by opening doors that you couldn’t dream of being reality.
I want to explain what I mean by sharing my story. Just a couple months ago, I was not in a good place. I suffered from anxiety, insecurity, unhappiness. I was FINALLY dealing with a lot of past trauma that I had swept under the rug for a long time, while also having to show up and put on a happy front at a day job that I didn’t feel any sort of passion towards. I was crying in the shower, on the subway, in the bathroom, in my mentor’s offices…there was A LOT of crying.
I took a couple weeks off to focus on myself. I meditated, I fed my body nourishing foods, and fed my soul with lots of love. I sweat out the bs and did lots of yoga. I started saying yes to all the things that made me happy, and no to the stuff that didn’t serve me. I don’t want to belittle the process, it was incredibly hard, but I learned to be extremely patient with myself throughout the process. You know that little voice that shows up in your head sometimes that tells you are not good enough, or that you cannot do something? This voice is your inner critic telling you the same story you’ve been telling yourself forever. It is also your BIGGEST blocker from success. Well mine was screaming in my head and it was screaming LOUD. I was also listening to a lot of podcasts during this time, and I heard someone say that you should talk to yourself like you’re a small child. So I thought whatever, let me just give this thing a shot. I started pumping myself up and really trying to love myself as I am. I stopped thinking of myself as a victim. I stopped waiting for someone or something to save me. I became empowered. I became inspired. I became brave.
Then the answers came to me. I always knew what I wanted to do, I was just too scared. Today I faced my fears and took a major leap out of my corporate cushy comfort zone into the wild world of entrepreneurship. Let me just say I am floating on air. I am crying today too (told you there was going to be a lot of crying), but today they are HAPPY TEARS. I am literally glowing from the inside out right now with excitement and happiness. I tell you all this in hopes of inspiring you. You hold the power and responsibility to make this life beautiful. You possess a unique purpose: mine is to help people achieve their health goals and find happiness. You may already know yours, and if you don’t yet, don’t worry just know that you have one.
Growing up my favorite book was a Dr. Suess book: “Oh, the places you’ll go,” so I’ll end with a quote from there:
“And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So... Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!” ― Dr. Seuss,