December 23rd, 2014
I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I was in New York, on a trip to go see about a boy. It was my first time alone in New York, since my best friend didn’t live there anymore. I knew a few people there, but navigating the subway system alone was a huge feat for me.
Around this same time, I had been tossing around the idea to move to Costa Rica for a month or two with a girlfriend of mine.
Now…this might not sound all that exciting right now. Especially if you’ve known me for awhile and seen me adventure around a bit. But at this time in my life, I wasn’t very adventurous. At all. I hadn’t traveled much. I hadn’t done anything too out of the norm (I mean…other than be in a touring rock n roll band, but that’s normal, right?)
And for some reason, at this time, this decision felt HUGE. And scary. And like “I can’t do it it’s too scary” and “where will we live how will we get around i don’t speak spanish omg i can’t go.”
But yet, there was something exciting inside of me saying “just go for it.”
I can’t really explain it. It’s that feeling you get when you feel like something is just right even if it doesn’t really make a ton of sense, or if it feels really scary.
Amongst the anxious or scary feelings, it also just feels solid in your gut and in your chest.
This is how the conversation went down:
Me: “Natalie…are we really going to do this? Are we crazy?”
Natalie: “Why the F not? Let’s do it.”
And so we booked our flights for Costa Rica. We had no idea where we were going to stay, we just knew we were going.
That trip changed my life. It’s where my own Wild Heart began beating faster. It’s where I discovered my freedom.
And when I think back to that moment, the one where we said “screw it let’s do it” I think about all things in life that are scary. And what it takes to push through that fear to the other side in service of the bigger picture.
And the answer is COURAGE.
Dreams are scary. I haven’t met a person who had a big dream and a big vision that wasn’t also terrified of it. We are all united in that way. Oprah has the same types of fears you do. So do celebrities and politicians and people who you see doing amazing things.
The closer you are to what you’re meant to be doing, the more scary it becomes. (tweet this) That’s normal.
So the way through it…the way to that calm grounded place, is to just say yes. To tell people about it. And to take consistent action.
Here’s a little love note for you and a bit of a Wildheart Challenge. I hope you take this on.
Let’s all make 2015 the year that our wild(heart)est dreams come true.
I told you my dream. Now it’s time to tell me yours. Because…I show you mine you show me yours. Leave your dreams for your life this year in the comments below.
P.s. Exciting Wildhearted announcement coming in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out.