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Oh, the places you’ll go!

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How many times in your life have you heard:

  1. “There is always a bigger plan.”
  2. “Life has a way of working itself out.”
  3. “You just have to be in the right place at the right time!”

I never was one to believe that. My theory: You make your path in life, not the other way around. However, there have been a series of events that have made me have a change of heart.

To start this story, I need to take a step back a few years. I was working an amazing job that required me to travel a ton. When I say amazing, it really was amazing. I traveled to places I would never have imagined ever visiting in my life; ie. Antarctica. Yes… that continent covered in ice at the bottom of the world. It was magical.

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However, traveling a ton is hard. It’s hard to be away from your friends, your family, your person. I knew it wasn’t for me, but for me to tell people in my life I wasn’t happy, they thought I was CRAZY. To the outside world, I was in these exotic locations, but on the inside, it was struggle city. To those who travel a ton… my props are to you!

This is going to sound super cliche, but my first event started in a SoulCycle class… yes, I do believe in its power and the hype is real. #notapaidad. I was in DC on a work trip and I made it a point to get my workout in for the day. I went to a class and the instructors messaging was speaking to me. There were words of “stop listening to others and do something that makes you happy, make a change that you are proud of.” I left that class and called my therapist (aka, my mom) and told her I need to make a change, I didn’t know what it looked like at the point, but it was going to happen. Fast forward a few months and I was in Newport Beach, CA and took yet another SoulCycle class, again #notapaidad. They mentioned they were opening a studio in my home city, Dallas. I thought to myself; “I love working out, I could be home more… maybe this could work?” I applied online {{tangent: for the skeptics out there that don’t believe you can get a job applying online, you are wrong… I scored two amazing jobs by submitting that online application (SoulCycle & Dallas Cowboys). Take a chance}} and within a few weeks I had moved to NYC for a month for an intensive manager training. I didn’t know if SoulCycle was going to my end all be all, but it got me home, with my family and friends. A crazy twist in fate, the instructor whose class I took in DC, moved down to Dallas to open the same studio I was opening.

Working at a place like SoulCycle, you have the opportunity to meet some amazing people. The staff and riders who visit on a day-to-day basis become some of your best friends. Heck, they even threw me an AMAZING wedding shower. This is what lead me to the magical Blaine. Blaine visited the studio on occasion and we would just chat about everything; her dogs, her hubby and her business. She really is as funny, witty and sarcastic in real life as she is on Instagram… we became fast friends! I eventually started helping her on the side for her busy times and instantly, I knew it felt right… I mean, there are dogs at our office, everyday! One causal Friday, she came to me with an opportunity to work for her full time. I knew it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass by. I transitioned out of SoulCycle as an employee this summer and started working for Blaine Bowen full time. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made to date… maybe second to the decision to marry my always supportive husband.

When I reflect back, I am so thankful I took those chances. I made some serious career changes and stepped out of what was comfortable. So many times we stay in jobs because of the fear of the unknown. What if it doesn’t work? What if I hate it? What you don’t ask yourself is… What if this is awesome? What if this is going to be perfect?

I’m no life expert, but my few pieces of advice:

  1. Listen to your own heart, trust you know what is right and trust you can make the right decisions for yourself. If you’re anything like me, you seek the advice of others when making big decisions, but go with your gut. 
  2. Take chances! Apply for that dream job online and don’t be scared to make a career change.
  3. Workout – Not only is it therapeutic, but maybe sometimes you get the bits of info you never knew you needed. 
  4. Engage with people and really listen. Had I never chatted with Blaine, I would have never known she owned her own company and I would’t be working for her today!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

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