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Three Honest Truths about Going Through the Leap toward your Passions

Going through the leap toward your passions isn’t easy. I’m here in the thick of it, and I’m going to be honest with you, as always. This leap is both exciting and invigorating but also terrifying and intimidating. 

I’m writing today’s post for all of those curious about this journey, who have been through this journey, and who are interested in making the leap. I’m also writing today’s post as a my own personal journal entry in preparation for my official last day as a full-time employee for someone else.

My last day is this coming Wednesday, April 18th. Cue all the feels! In this leap, I intend on being as truthful and helpful to all of you. Let’s get to the real shit I’m going through in this journey, and you’ve likely went through or will go through. 

 Photo Taken by Shay Paresh

Photo Taken by Shay Paresh

You’re going to go through an emotional rollercoaster. You’re going to have moments of pure excitement then you’re going to have moments of sheer panic. It’s the way it is when you’re making a leap.

I’m a hot mess of emotions right now. I’m excited AF to be my own boss. I look forward to setting my own schedule. I look forward to waking up at my own time. I look forward to creating my own workspace. I look forward to dedicating my day to my own passions. 

I’m also terrified AF of what my life will be like as being my own boss. I cannot anticipate all of the taxes I’m going to have to pay. I cannot imagine all of the decisions I’m going to have to make. I cannot anticipate all of the tasks I might need an assistant eventually for (oh my gosh!). I cannot anticipate what this leap will bring, but that’s also what’s exciting! 

A leap toward our passions is ultimately an exciting one because it’s toward what we love. We can spend our days in the emotional rollercoaster, but we can also be aware that these emotions are there because we are courageous enough to make the leap. 

You’re going to crunch a lot of numbers to check sustainability. Let’s be real. You and I both know that money is an important factor toward this leap. You and I both know that money makes the world go round. If you ain’t making money from your passions, you cannot make that leap. In this leap, you’re gonna consistently have money on the brain!

I have a confession to make, but first I need you not to judge me. Promise? Okay, well I hate numbers. I hate numbers in spreadsheets. I hate numbers in spreadsheets in formulas. I hate numbers in spreadsheets in formulas in budgets. I’ve been tested in this journey to crunch a lot of numbers to make sure this leap can be financially sustainable. 

In calculating and poring over these numbers, I’ve realized how sustainable it is. I had to calculate all of my side incomes from yoga teaching, brand influencing, social media consulting, girlboss consulting, and soon-to-be life coaching. In realizing the sustainability of my passions, this leap has become much easier emotionally. 

You’re going to face many questions about your decision. You’re going to have people who believe in you, and you’re going to have people who doubt you. You’re going to face questions from both parties. You’ll get questions that range from, “I’m so excited for you! What are you going to do?!” and “How in the world are you going to pull this off?!” Be ready for them! 

I’ve gotten my fair share of questions about my leap. In two interview podcasts for The Delivery Podcast and Love Your Bodd Podcast, I’ve been asked many questions. In my conversations with ladies of Self Soul Sport, I’ve been asked many questions.  In my chats with family members, I’ve been asked many questions. 

In answering these questions, I’ve noticed many ranges of emotions toward my leap. Some of have been excited and some have been downright rude. In facing these questions, I’ve shared only what I’m comfortable with and what I want to answer. Some people see the vision, and that’s great! Some people just don’t get the vision, and that’s okay, too. I’ve learned to share only what I want. 

We all face questions in on our decisions; that will never change. There’s something especially interesting to others about going through the leap toward passions. Whether they want to do it themselves or they’re not understanding why anyone would want to leave a secure, cushy full-time job, it’s our jobs to answer only what we are comfortable in sharing. It’s okay to respect ourselves while respecting others. 

In sharing these three truths, I’m sharing what I feel is important to share with you all. Again, I’m terrified and excited all at the same damn time. Right now, I’m in the excitement phase.

I’m in the phase of being ready for what this journey is going to bring. Right now, I’m in the process of crunching numbers and figuring out how to pay myself, save for the business, and invest in my education. Right now, I’m in the process of answering so many questions by so many people. 

I wouldn’t trade going through this leap for the world. Why? Because I’m leaping toward living my passions full-time. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How about you? Have you made the leap? Are you going through the leap? Have you already gone through the leap? Let’s make our voices heard and share our own truths! Comment below to share yours. 



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