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When in doubt…dance to Rihanna.

It’s only been one week since I last wrote, but I feel like everything has changed, and FAST. But first, a story.

About two years ago I was at a major crossroads in my life. I had come to the realization that I didn’t want music to be my career anymore, I knew I wanted to inspire people to live the kind of lives they always dreamed of, but I hadn’t even heard the word “life coach” yet and I knew I didn’t want to be a therapist. And I thought it was my only choice. So I spent over 6 months gathering application materials, taking the GRE’s, getting letters of recommendation, writing essays and personal statements about why I wanted to be a Marriage and Family Therapist and why I would be a good candidate for their (whoever’s) program. I felt lost. Like I had nothing to grab onto. I had been in a band for the past 6 years and didn’t have a very clear picture of what JOB, out of all the options I saw laid out before me, would be suitable next.

Then…the Universe took over. While talking to a friend about her breakup, she says something like “you are so good at this, you should be a life coach.” Huh….interesting. I wonder what that is. Then within the next two weeks, the word life coach came into my life three more times. So I checked it out online. “Looks kinda janky.” I thought. Not a “legit” career. No “legit” school gives a degree in it. Eh. But then when I read the job description, and it was perfect. Like exactly right.

Buuuuuuuut…still not sold. I’m an academic at heart (or head maybe?) and I felt like I should get a degree in something that would get me a “job” and have some “stability,” something that I could always “fall back on.” So I went through with all the applications and got into my first choice school. Yay! Right? Well…not exactly. I was in a huge tug-of-war between this new, exciting option called life coaching, with (what I perceived of as) no job security, or this boring, generic route giving me a sense of security in a job I didn’t even want.

I eventually accepted the invitation into my top choice school, and for the next three weeks I proceeded to dip into a growing knot in my stomach. When thinking about starting school in the fall, I got a really dark and depressed feeling. I found myself spending all my free time looking into this thing called “Life Coaching.” There was one point where I just decided I could not possibly go to the Master’s program. If I couldn’t even think about it without getting sick to my stomach, what would the next three years of my life look like?

So I respectfully declined the program, packed up, moved to the bay area, and started coaching school. Within a year I was a certified coach, with my own growing practice, working for myself, and loving life.

So last week I was talking about letting fear stop me from taking great opportunities, and here I’m talking about letting your inspired ideas lead you. As soon as I found coaching, I had that spark inside me. I knew it was what I truly wanted. But I was just afraid it wouldn’t work out, or I wouldn’t be able to find clients, or I’d be left jobless. But the inspired idea was so enticing that I knew I couldn’t NOT act on it. Best decision I’ve ever made. Inspired ideas almost always sound scary or dangerous. If it feels that way, you’re on the right track. And so when you get that feeling…ACT. NOW. Don’t wait. Because then your head will get involved.

And with that…about two days after I wrote you all last, I got an email from a friend asking if I wanted to sublet out my apartment out for the month of April. I wasn’t planning on being away, but figured that since I can work from anywhere, why not go on a (big scary fun exhilarating) adventure. The idea was inspired, but the more time that went by, I started to doubt if I could pull it off. Watch my video below to see what happens next.

So when you are at a crossroads and you have two choices, always pick the one that’s more exciting, more inspired, more scary. When in doubt…buy the ticket! Dance, too.

I wanna hear from you!! Leave a comment and tell me what’s been exciting/scaring you lately.

P.s. Want some behind the scenes Costa Rica decision vids? Check out my YouTube channel

49 Responses to When in doubt…dance to Rihanna.

  1. Pat says:

    Oh Yes! you are so inspiring :) now on to making my inspired ideas a reality

  2. Sally~
    I adore you. Keep going. Don’t stop. You are phenomenal.

    I’ve got some exciting/scary stuff I can’t reveal yet, but I’m not backing down. I want exhilarating not safe.

    • Sallyhope says:

      Gini!! I adore you toooooooo! And I want to hear about your scary stuff! I’m telling you….declaring it out loud makes a world of difference.

  3. Paulette says:

    Who says you can’t dance!!!!! :)



    P.S. I became a counselor because someone said “you know, you’re always counseling people….you should be a counselor!” and I loved my job. :)

    I think the universe must be pacing around, annoyed, saying to itself…”I tell them over and over what would make them happy… I send messangers…I practically post it in the newspaper!” Jeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

    So bottom line… not only are we scared, we must be deaf and blind!”

    • Sallyhope says:

      HAHAHHAHAHAH! Yes. Scared, deaf, and blind. Good one mom. You should write a post about it, and then let me post it. I love you!

  4. May I come with you?

    I’m aiming for Brazil this year! (Just for a week on an island with howler monkeys, kayaking, hiking, & yoga at sunrise/sunset & 2 massages….)

  5. White girls CAN dancE! ha, ha…AND they can go to Costa Rica anytime they damn well please, right? Can’t wait to hear and see your adventure unfold. xo Jen

  6. Love LOVE Love it!! :)

    Things are shaping up waaaaaay too nicely for me…wait a minute!
    …I guess that means I’m still a little scared!! ;))
    GOOD then! :)) I think I better dance now….!
    Have an effin’ BLAST in Costa Rica chica!!! ;)

  7. Tancie Trail says:

    APPLAUSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEEE for the page that said ” I just booked a ticket “.
    YEA BABY!!! So friggin touched by you Sally Hope. Love to you sister. XO

  8. Katie B. says:

    Sally! You are crazy awesome beautiful and I love your mad dance skillz! I’m totally scared about “What’s the next step” and all that jazz but that’s why I’m procrastinating. I’m happy you’re here to remind me to shut up and JUST DO IT. My to do list for the past year has been go back to school and get my learn’n on but I have this roadblock of needing my DD214 from the Navy. Ima go apply for it now after I write this next sentence.
    I got nuthin but love for ya baby!

    • Sallyhope says:

      GIRL!! I just got the chills, literally, from reading your post. DO IT DO IT DO IT!!!! And then come back and tell me when you did. So exciting!! It’s brave to tackle something we’ve been putting off. Good for you lady!

  9. Jeannette says:

    Love this Sally in ways you have no idea!! I’m in a place right now where I want to live my dreams and passions fully yet the part of me that says “not practical” is totally taking over. AGH! After reading this I said FU to the practical side and I’m going to go after what is in my with everything I got and then some! Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on booking your trip to Costa Rica. I was just there in December for a wedding so if you want some ideas let me know :) Yeah for living life all the way!!!

    • Sallyhope says:

      GIRL! YAYAYYAYAYYAYAYAYYAYAYAYYAY!!! OMG! Congrats. And you MUST tell me the exciting thing you are tackling. So amazing!!! And YES! Any Costa tips are appreciated.

  10. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED for you girl!! Costa Rica or BUST, wooooohooo!!!!
    Can’t wait to hear all about your amazing adventure. Thank you for inspiring me with your courage, honesty, and for daring to live a bold, amazing life. You soooo ROCK! xo

  11. Teresa says:

    Sally, your messages inspire me more than you know! I soooo needed this blog posting right now…will message you with MY story in a bit!

    Love and all the best to you girl! Safe trip to Costa…we expect pics you know!

  12. WHY NOT?!?!?!!? F* yeah girl. I love you sally, you do rule!!


    • Sallyhope says:

      RIGHT?!?! I mean really?! I think we could all ask ourselves the “why not?” question more often and end up on more fun adventures. :-)
      I love what you do as well girl. SUCH cool stuff!!!

  13. Christine says:

    LOVE this post, EXACTLY where I am at in life. Thats awesome.

  14. Ashley says:

    Yay!!!! You’re going to Costa Rica! I love how quickly you acted on this Sally =) Have a blast!

    • Sallyhope says:

      Thanks girl! It’s a new MO for me. I usually would have procrastinated and then decided it was a stupid idea. Acting NOW is where it’s at. :-)

  15. Sally, you ROCK! Love this. Thanks for bringing the lightening!

    p.s. I just led a retreat in Costa Rica 2 weeks ago…prepare to fall head-over-heels IN LOVE <3

    xo, Nisha

  16. Angela says:

    You are such an inspiration! Can’t wait to hear about your Costa Rica adventures (you know “rica” means “rich,” right?!) XO XO

  17. I am rocking my bliss by writing novels and publishing them myself. The idea is to let an author write the work and then get paid for the work. It’s a new one and a risky one but my books rock, my characters are so great (they are mostly women learning to be strong and live their dreams), and someday Sandra Bullock, Hillary Swank, Drew Barrymore, and more will be knocking on my door to produce my books into movies.

    Life should be about taking risks and chances!! I believe that you should cross the finish line into your life with brusises, bumps, some amazing stories, and a great big smile. That’s how I live it! Seems like Sally you are teaching others to do the same so good for you!!


    • Sallyhope says:

      Hey Lorena…I LOVE everything about your post. What you’re up to, what your philosophy is. So inspiring! Cheers to bruises, stories and smiles! DEFINITELY keep in touch girl.

  18. Heather says:

    Thank you this was so inspiring! Have an amazing time!

  19. Lily says:

    Dude, I love you!

  20. Sarita says:

    OMG, you are so funny! You are gonna have such a blast !

  21. Lisa says:

    Where’s the fear here? Damn! I guess there’s none of that when you’re living your big full life. Rock on sista! Love you bunches

  22. Cecily says:

    Ahhh I love the vid. Living the dream Sally! I’m so proud of you! The “is this legit or not” decision totally resonates with me right now… And you are my inspiration to look to my feelings and intuition as my guides!

    • Sallyhope says:

      Girl I hear you about the legit thing. That kinda stuff TOTALLY affects us. But YES! The more we let intuition and feelings (body wisdom…if you will ;-) lead us, the better off we’ll be. Onward and upward. WEEEEEEE!

  23. So excited for you girl!!!! And I think you have good rhythm :) xo

  24. derek kim says:

    i just watched your dance video…i dont want to love you..but you make it impossible not to..have a great time.

  25. Kimberly says:

    Wow…now that is what I am talking about! I wish I would have done that before I had my son. Someday…when he is a bit older.

    Have fun!

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