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Dreams Take Time
It was 5 years ago that I sat in Royce Hall, about to receive my MA in counseling psychology, listening to Jean Houston. I was enraptured by the pictures she was painting. I knew then I would never be a therapist. That I wanted to travel. Explore. Serve. It was 2 and half years ago that I was fired from my gig as a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. I declared that not only was I going to figure out a way to do the work I loved, I was going to make it a portable career. I was going to leave LA, find a new home and perhaps travel. 2 years ago, I took a road trip with my parents to explore new places to live.
On Friday, escrow will close on my condo. My stuff, what wasn’t donated or given away, will be put in storage. My car will be packed with my adventure essentials (meaning way too many clothes, a few too many shoes, ample snacks, my gold Isis cape and my crown). On Saturday, I’ll hop in the car and begin my drive east, having left my space in LA behind.
It has taken a long time to get here. A long time of dodging other peoples questions about what I was doing and when I would move. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes. Big, beautiful, amazing dreams take time. So much had to fall into place. So much needed to be created. Crafted. So much needed to get clear.
For me, it involved creating a business that allowed me the freedom to groove from anywhere. That was a process. Still is. But it is one I know how to manage. I knew before I galavanted off anywhere, I wanted to know that I could make money, sustain my lifestyle and see clients on the fly. It took a while a get here. And it was worth every moment.
The clarity was the next part that needed to come. I knew I wanted to move out of LA. But I wasn’t getting a strong yes as far as what to do next. Or when to move. Things needed to line up. The aforementioned business needed to feel more solid. I needed to feel complete with Los Angeles. I needed things I didn’t even know that I needed. When the strong yes inside of showed up, announcing that it was really time to move, it was loud. Abundant. There was no mistaking it. I was driving back from my month in Asheville, NC. As soon as I hit LA, I could feel it. This was no longer home. I was done.
It was worth waiting for. It was worth doing all the work to get to this moment. It was worth enjoying the process and trusting that clarity would come. No need to force. Just consistent action in the direction of my dreams. And now...I am back to the unknown. To the waiting. Seeing where the next YES lies. I trust in the process. In myself. And in my ability to co-create something amazing with this Universe of ours.
Your dreams are worth waiting for. Worth creating. Worth walking down the path, taking all the time that it needs to get it to come out amazing. Sometimes things aren’t quick. Sometimes they are slow, deliberate, delicious. And sometimes, when we take the time to do it right...when we finally get to leap, we are so ready. SO READY. The Universe supports us in amazing way. Take your time. Do it well, full of heart and presence. Allow the possibilities to unfold. When the opportunity comes, take it. Fly with it. Because, when it does, you will know that you are ready.
|Jo Anna Rothman, MA is an intuitive coach and facilitator of The Receiving Project. She revels in assisting people in falling in love with their lives. She is committed to living a life full of pleasure, purpose and enthusiasm. And perhaps most important, she knows the secret to the perfect s’more.|
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