Have you ever wanted something so badly and completely, that you are blinded to any other possibilities? That was me. I knew without a doubt that inspiration was directing me to a career in coaching and holistic healing. I had it all planned out in my mind, and I had begun to take all of the steps to get myself there: certification in coaching, classes in reiki, NLP, and zen shiatsu. I figured that I would work full-time and start my practice part-time until I could build it up enough to call it a career. Then I would rent space outside of my home in a wellness centre, and also have a working space at home. Hmmm…not happening…apparently! Not only could I not seem to attract enough clients, but the full-time career that I had, suddenly disappeared due to a company closure. Frustration was running rampant, and nothing was working out as planned. Time to ditch Plan A, and move on to Plan B. Crap, there was no Plan B!
So, here I was one year later. I had created a beautiful and serene working space in my home for my clients, and networked with everyone I knew and met. Still, something was missing. The piece of the puzzle to propel it all forward was eluding me.
I was reading our local paper one day and noticed an ad for a holistic wellness show. Inspiration hit me between the eyes. Why don’t I inquire about being an exhibitor? I figured I would promote myself and my services, and all would be right in my world. As with most trade shows, the cost of a booth was pretty high. Having lived off of government employment benefits for the better part of a year, I didn’t have much disposable income to spare. It could mean the choice between paying my car insurance or the cost of a booth at the show. I remember with great clarity, walking to the trash with the newspaper ad in my hand, preparing to toss it out. I had decided that the cost of a booth at the wellness show was too high a price to pay given my current financial situation. My exact thoughts were: I can’t afford to go. Well, it would seem that the universe had different thoughts altogether! The larger than life voice in my right ear said with a sternness that surprised me, “You can’t afford not to go!” Exclamation point!
The very next day I called to enquire about a booth at the wellness show. They had three spaces left, and the show was two weeks away. After discussing my needs for the show, I found out that it wasn’t going to cost me nearly as much as I had originally thought, and with that I was officially committed! Three days before the wellness show, I began getting a very strong feeling that there was another reason that I just had to attend the show. It wasn’t quite clear yet, except that the feeling that I was going to meet someone there who would somehow change my life. It felt like my inner GPS was finally coming online in a very tangible way. My anticipation was growing!
The day of the wellness show arrived. After checking the local weather, I learned that they were predicting a crazy amount of snow. Crap, I had wasted all that money for nothing! As it turned out, the attendance was very low. Since it was so quiet, I decided to browse the various other booths that were at the show and maybe do some networking. I walked up to a booth that was promoting a local wellness centre. As I was checking out the displayed literature, a young woman approached me. I had spoken to a few dozen people that had approached me at my own booth earlier that day, and she was one of them. When I spoke to her earlier she hadn’t mentioned that she was also an exhibitor, and the owner of a holistic wellness centre. All of a sudden I found myself blurting out that I was looking for space for my own holistic practice. Where did that come from??? My inquiry was well received, and she gave me her business card and told me to email her with my ideas of how we could make this work. She told me that no proposal was too ridiculous to consider. Wow! My inspirational inner GPS was working with amazing accuracy! I sent her an email the next week and proposed that I would be willing to work at her wellness centre, doing whatever needed doing, in exchange for working space. It seemed like along shot, but I went for it. I had nothing to lose! After a meeting and a session with me, she agreed to giving me working space in exchange for my assistance with managing her wellness centre. I felt like I had won the lottery!
We all have this amazing inner GPS just waiting to guide and inspire us. Sometimes you have to update it with new ideas, thoughts, and approaches, but it is always a faithful companion ready to jump into action when turned on and acknowledged. It will never steer you wrong if you pay close attention to it’s directions, and have a little faith and trust.
Until next time…may all of your moments be inspired ones!