Taking Bold Steps To Live Fully

by Tess on October 25, 2009

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I am honored to introduce you to our quest author Evita Ochel from Evolving Beings. Evita is the main author and co-founder of three websites: Evolving Beings, Evolving Wellness and Evolving Scenes.

Evolving Beings was born out of a passion for awakening and seeking truth in all areas of life. It’s mission is to raise the global consciousness on the planet, help others awaken, and rise up to live life from their highest version – love and peace. It is also to help transition others through the changes that are taking place on our planet today.

Taking Bold Steps To Live Fully

So many of us live lives that are for the most part very routine. Once we grow up and get some kind of a steady job, most of us are more than happy it seems to set up a family and establish a comfortable day to day routine. Or are we?

It seems that is the pattern that most of us flock towards, and yet our happiness levels are telling a whole other story.  If you talk to most people today, perhaps it is even you – you will not hear people being ecstatically joyful about their lives.

Life either seems to be full of struggles and challenges or if we are lucky, as some would see it, life picks up an established, comfortable routine.

But is this really living? Is this what life is really all about or is there something more that life calls you to be or do?

Well, there came a point where the time came for me to ask myself the same questions. I began my journey just like most people when I graduated formal schooling as a high school teacher.

I was excited to have the job I wanted and everything was brand new. There was learning, there was excitement and there was lots of growth.

Year one, two and three ticked by and I quickly developed a real love for what I was doing. The environment and tasks were now very familiar to me and one could say, I even felt like a pro.

From the first year of teaching right up until the fifth, I was sure this is what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life. I was happy, I was joyful, I loved what I was doing and boy did I have a great routine!

And then something happened my sixth year of teaching, I began to wonder, slowly at first and then with greater pace and exhilaration about what life would be like if I really pursued my dreams. Now as I mentioned, I actually loved my job as a teacher.

The meaning that each day took on for me as a teacher working with youth was amazing, but somehow, something within started to tell me that there was more. Something was bubbling under the surface, and by year seven I knew I had to make a decision. I had to move on.

I had all the security one would ever hope or dream for. I had a fantastic salary and a perfectly carved out routine. I knew my tasks. I knew what was expected of me. I was great at my job. Most days I had little, if any stress. And yet I still decided to walk away from this and resign from my position.

This was the boldest move I have ever made in my life thus far. 

The spirit within me was craving freedom. Freedom to be and freedom to express myself in whatever way I saw fit. There was a silenced writer within me waiting to break free. There was a calling to go out into the world and use my talents to teach on a whole new scale.

I was going into a completely foreign territory. I was shattering my routine. I had no idea what would await me each day. I had no idea when or where money would come from. I had no idea how or what my days or tasks would look like and if I would even be good at them.

To some such a move may seem unfathomable, maybe even crazy. But that is what bold moves are all about.

And it is not that I was bored, or seeking a thrill or wanted to give my body an adrenaline rush. It was because within me my spirit was stirring. It was calling me to really pursue and experience the fullness of life, and all I did was listen and act.

I listened – and where am I today. It has been 4 months now since I have been “on my own” and do I have everything figured out yet? Of course not. I did not make this bold move to find another routine. I did it so that I could really experience life and me on every level.

What I do have and know is that I am blissfully happy and free. Today I run 3 websites on which I  contribute to the world through sharing my writing, knowledge and whatever other ways I am called upon to do so. And somehow money seems to be trickling in from unexpected sources. And somehow each day when I wake up I know what to do. And somehow life is taking on a whole new meaning of fullness like I never thought possible.

Everything is just as it was meant to be, and all because I chose to tune into my inner being, listen and really hear what it was calling forth within me.

Today I know the possibilities are endless and living life in this physical plane is one of the most exciting things that could have every happened to any of us. It is the best gift we were ever given.

If you love your life and feel that everything is just as you really wanted, than that is wonderful. However, if you feel that you are holding yourself back, not really living out a certain aspect or dream that you really feel called to do, then go within and listen to your spirit.

It is not about taking irrational risks, but about living life with fullness. It is about having no regrets and giving it your all.

And thus today I encourage others to go within and listen to their own inner being. Each of our bold moves may come to us in various forms – but we will never know what may come if we don’t allow ourselves to connect with that inner space and see what possibilities exist.

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    Patty - Why Not Start Now? October 25, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Bravo for allowing yourself to take a risk! I love hearing stories like yours; we *need* such stories to counter the “safety at all costs” story that’s so prevalent right now. I’ve made some bold moves in my work and my life, and much like yours, they turned out better than I could have expected (although they didn’t all turn out as I expected). And each time I’ve relearned the same lesson: I could have allowed myself to make the move sooner (I tend to stay too long). So I always think about this quote someone said: “At the end of their lives, people don’t regret the things they tried and failed at; they regret the things they never tried.”
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    Positively Present October 26, 2009 at 3:57 am

    What a great post! Good for you for taking such a bold step!
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    Keith October 26, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Hello Evita and Tess!

    This article really speaks to me. I have made a series of bold moves in recent years and feel as though I am on the edge of another. I have learned similar lessons as Patty mentioned in her comment above. Each time I did make a bold move, I did so after some hesitation and every time I later found that it was all ok and that I could have done so sooner.

    I am all about taking the risk these days but in the way you stated: “It is not about taking irrational risks, but about living life with fullness. It is about having no regrets and giving it your all.” I simply cannot add one thing to that statement. It’s perfect!

    I am going to meditate on the things you’ve shared here. Thank you for this article, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

    Thank you, Tess, for having another great guest.
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    Jay Schryer October 26, 2009 at 7:20 am

    As someone who is standing on the edge, ready to make my own “bold move”, I really appreciate hearing stories like this…where it all worked out for the best. It gives me hope that my upcoming leap, although dangerous and unconventional, will still work out fine. Thanks so much for being an inspiration!
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    Evita October 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

    @ PATTY – Hello Patty and it is so wonderful to “meet ” you here on Tess’ blog. Thank you for the kind comments and you know even before I made this move, I was not one who chose security at all costs. Somehow very early on in life, I saw the people who did that and also saw how life was not “secure” for them or anyone else. Everything in life changes and what I have found for me is that our lives are so much easier when we follow those changes instead of getting rigid and stuck in one place.

    And thank you for the quote you included…how so true!

    @ POSITIVELY PRESENT – Thank you! I now know and feel so much that when we follow our spirit – our inner being – everything always works out well and in fact as Patty said, better even than expected.

    @ KEITH – Thank you Keith for reading my story and adding in your wonderful comment.

    You know I now agree so much with you too about not waiting. I could have waited longer, in fact a part of me wanted to a little – but it was the part that was thinking like most in society do in terms of “where is the money going to come from?”, “is this the right time?” and questions like that. I am glad that part of me is very silent these days and I did not listen to it, but rather my inner being. Because you are so right, I could have waited only to find that I was standing in the way of my own dreams, and could have moved on much sooner.

    I wish you all the guidance and consciousness you need at this time as you deliberate your “bold moves”.

    @ JAY – Hi Jay, you are welcome and thank you for sharing your thoughts. And you know what Jay, things really do work out. One only has to realize that no matter what we do, we are always in “control” of our reactions and choices. It is not the environment that controls us as many people think.

    You know when I was resigning and there was a big good-bye at my work at the end, a lot of people came up to me and said this line “I hope everything works out for you” – and the thing is, just by me leaving and being able to move on, it already did! I was and still am in charge of my destiny – we all are. We just need to realize that and the rest flows just as we want it to flow.

    So all the best with your “bold move” – may it come from a place of your higher being – from which you will know that all will work out.
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    Karl Staib - Work Happy Now October 26, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Listening to my inner being is something that I’ve been working with on and off for the past few years. The more that I take the time for this the better I get at it. I do get scared, but every day that I inch toward my dreams the more excited I get.

    What do you do when you get scared? How do you handle your fear?
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    Evita October 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    @ KARL – Thank you Karl for sharing your experiences and what a great question to ask.

    The best thing I would say for dealing with fear is to keep asking and answering your own questions (have a conversation with yourself), and you will see what that fear really stems from and then be better able to deal with it.

    For example:
    “I want to do thing “x”, but I am scared”
    “Why are you scared?”
    “Because I think I will ….fail….lose money…not make money….disappoint people… etc?”
    “What would happen if you did ….?”
    And so on and so forth until you get to the real root of what is holding you back.

    This way people realize that when they “dissect” their fear, it becomes much smaller, more compartmentalized and manageable and all of a sudden solutions appear. If nothing more, you get to a point where you would see “hey, that wouldn’t be so bad if that happened, or I can handle that happening”.

    For me, I was lucky to have the support of my husband leading me strong along the way, so that helps too. Communicate your dreams openly with your partner or friends or family or whomever you can depend on to be there for you and that also gives us great strength to carry on and not get stuck on fears.

    Ultimately many of our fears come from past conditioning of what we have been lead to believe about certain things, so for me personally unraveling those got me to where I am today. This allows you to see through our past conditioning and let go of all if not many fears to move boldly in the direction of our dreams.

    Last but not least, our desires have to come from our higher selves not egos. When something you want to do comes from your higher self Karl – it just feels so right that I would say it is as if all fears dissolve. When it comes from our ego self, there is a lot of apprehension. So I also encourage people to really dive into and unfold the layers of why they really want, what they want.
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    Mark October 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    It is wonderful that you embraced the stirring within and took the bold steps that you have! You are on a grand adventure, one that will only continue to surprise you as you turn each corner and crest each hill to discover a new horizon waiting for you.
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    Nadia - Happy Lotus October 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Evita and Tess,

    Thank you, Tess, for featuring Evita today on your blog.

    Evita, good for you for doing what you felt is right for your life. In my short life, I have jumped off so many cliffs (not literally) without ever knowing how and if I would land. After the first few jumps, I came to see that I will always land and always somehow on my feet.

    One of my friends and I were talking about our shared love for jumping off cliffs and we both realized that the reason we always land is because we listened to our hearts. If you listen to your heart, you just cannot do wrong.

    Bravo to you for listening to your heart! You go, girl and keep shining bright! :)
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    Chris Edgar | Purpose Power Coaching October 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Evita — I can definitely relate to your story — in my old career I fell into a comfortable routine where work became predictable and I was good at what I did. And it was just when the comfortable part began that I found myself looking to be challenged.


    Jannie Funster October 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    To go from a non-stressed high school teacher (which I don’t think I’ve ever heard of before,) to a courageous woman breaking away from all that good “known” stuff, speaks nothing short of an amazing person! Evita, it’s been great getting to know you deeper here. Thanks for sharing more of your story, how you just went for your dream. Thanks for sharing “The Boldness” of you. It is very inspiring.
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    Bern ~ Walking in Stillness October 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm


    It wonderful getting to hear more about the evolution of your life and the path that you are forging forward upon.

    So you are still a teacher and you are teaching university ideas to high school students. However, now you are not being handed a curriculum or being given narrow parameters for you to blindly follow. You are now a follower of your Higher Self. You listen to Your Self and you Sing it for the rest of the World to hear. We celebrate with You.
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    Tess October 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Hi All,
    Thanks for stopping in and leaving your comments. I think Evita is an amazing example for all of us. I like all three of her websites. What I really need is the wellness one! I eat too much junk!


    Patricia October 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing Evita today….nice steps

    Evita – always a pleasure to read what you write and share…Thank you
    I have to agree with Jannie, I am not sure I have ever met a stress free teacher…many happy teachers but not stress free – did you not have Eustress? to keep you going?
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    Evita October 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    @ MARK – Thank you Mark for the beautiful words – I really do feel like I am on a grand adventure and the freedom that came with it, is just so breathtaking!

    @ NADIA – Thank you so much Nadia for sharing your thoughts, experiences and passing along that loving encouragement my way.

    You know, today I realize I am able to “jump off cliffs” too. But it wasn’t always that way, take 5 years ago and I lived my life really “safely”. I was having fun, but safety, not security was a big concern.

    Today, things are so different and only getting better. I think once we jump once, we realize it is that much easier to do it again :)

    @ CHRIS – Thanks for stopping by Chris and what you said about your story is exactly how I felt. Everything was great, but my inner being was calling for “more” – whatever that more would be. Well today I know and it feels great!

    @ JANNIE – You honor me with your comments here – a big, big thank you!

    You know, I know totally what you mean about “stressed out” teachers. I worked with about 95% of them. For me teaching was so different though. Maybe because I was really there for the kids – maybe because I really loved what I was doing, I felt like it was my second nature – or maybe I just handle life differently than most people.

    Okay, okay Jannie, go on just say it “I was the odd one” – LOL
    Nah, in all seriousness I really have a passion for teaching and it lingers to today, just now on a different level. I have also learned that stress does not help one bit, and being health conscious, I know that this is the biggest killer of a healthy body, so I just learned to take and see things differently :)

    @ BERN – Thank you for those kind and deep words. They mean a lot to me, and I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that the curriculum had something to do with me moving on. I felt like I wasn’t teaching these kids what they really needed – life skills. Hence, I wanted to go out and help whomever I could in the world, teens or adults alike.

    And I love making my own path and following the broadest curriculum one can ever teach – that of the Universe!

    @ TESS – Thank you so much again for having me here Tess and for all your kind words about me – it is both an honor and pleasure – and so very much appreciated.

    @ PATRICIA – Hi Patricia and thank you for stopping by to read more about me.

    On the stress front as I said to Jannie above, I don’t know what it was – perhaps a combination of all things together, but I just found no reason to stress. I had great, and I mean great rapport with my students and co-workers. I stayed away from the politics of education as much as possible and organized my time at work that I didn’t need to take any work home (I know, I know that is another thing people can’t get, or couldn’t get even the ones I worked with.)

    But I truly believe it is all about the level of consciousness one lives with and the intentions one sets. Today I carry that over to all other aspects of my life and the happiness of life just keeps growing. When we become the stillness of life, life takes on a whole new meaning, no matter what career or job we are in. I truly believe that.
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    soulMerlin October 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Dearest Evita…It is/was so good to hear from you. I haven’t been blogging for around three months now. I’ve given up smoking..after 50 years and at 65yrs of age, I am discovering the chemical-free reality I last knew at 14yrs of age.

    So I haven’t been able to write or read…or anything but hang on and grit my teeth for around three months….but it’s now getting better….

    I guess that’s my “bold step to live fully”


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    suzen October 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Tess, wonderful choice! So in sync with your bold blog too! Love it!

    Evita, we are all blessed by YOUR bold move! I love how you wrote about it. Hopefully it will help many who are about to leap, or pondering a leap.
    I took so many! What a hoot it’s been too. I’ve had such varied careers and experiences I feel I’ve had several lifetimes. I don’t regret a one of them – even the ones that were LESS than a successful landing – those are the ones that lead to something else that was even better than I’d planned.

    My latest leap was to get computerized – I’m still struggling with tech stuff, but it’s been a whole new world here for a senior. A year ago I didn’t know what a blog was! I’m leapin’ less at this age, but enjoying challenges and maintaining a beginner’s mind – which computering isn’t too hard for me! ha!

    Your sage advice and support is a precious, vital addition to the blogosphere!
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    Julie October 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Tess, this was so cool, thanks!

    Evita, you are indeed a shining example and just by being you, you teach so much! :) I know I couldn’t have done at your age what you’ve done, but that you DID do this will show so many others that when they, too, learn to listen within, they will know the right things to do. Just LOVE how you said “somehow…” Somehow all the somehow’s always do work out—as long as we are dedicated in our belief and consistent in our faith. We really do learn to create our own miracles!
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    Kristy October 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm


    Thank you for your post on my mom’s blog. I’m reminded of a quote from Thoreau’s Walden Pond: “sucking the marrow out of life.” I have lived a full life thus far and continue to make bold decisions. What I’ve learned growing up w. a physical challenge is that life is what I make it. I had to choices as far as how I would live my life: 1) feel sorry for myself or 2) be bold and take life by the horns. Similar to your story, I graduated college and became a first grade teacher via a program called Teach For America. The lessons I learned from this experience superceded my expecations. I evolved as a human being. Two years later, I made a bold decision to leave the classroom and move across the country to work in recruitment for the program where I learned sometimes the boldest decision is the one I fear the most. Yet, the rewards are greater, deeper, and more meaningful. I discovered my gift to teach, inspire, and motivate people not only in the classroom but for a purpose & a cause which has proven to be very useful in my sales career. Being bold takes courage and I believe being bold challenged me to adapt to change. As Darwin said, “it is not the strongest who survive; it is not the wisest who survive; those who adapt to change survive.” Being bold may require a smidge of craziness at times but being bold also has fed my soul.

    Recently, the person I am dating said to me, “Kristy, I can’t afford for you to not be bold right now….” It was a powerful statement that truly made me choose to be bold by letting go and experiencing the relationship fully rather than holding back. This is the journey I am on and where I continue to challenge myself to be bold and truly experience a fuller, deeper, more meaningful relationship….. ironically, I have lived a bold life in my experiences but need to find that same gusto when it comes my new relationship. This is an area that I am working on not holding back!


    Hanlie October 27, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Oh Evita! You’re always such an inspiration to me… especially now that I am also casting off my cloak of doubt and reservation and actively starting to think about where I want to go with my life. Thanks!
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    Peggy Nolan October 27, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Dearest Tess! Thank you for sharing Evita with us today!

    Bold moves…as I look back, I’ve either boldly gone where I’ve never been before or Life itself boldly moved me where I didn’t think I wanted to go.

    Today, I am boldly making the transition from a professional life I worked hard for and thought I wanted but just up and quitting is not exactly the most responsible thing for me to do. Over the next 12-18 months my husband and I are “downsizing” our life so that I can pursue my passions FULL time and not in the nooks and crannies of my life. (Yes, we have a plan…and yes, we’re working the plan!)

    Kudos to you Evita for boldly taking your life in another direction. I’ve been to your websites (via Lance I believe!) and LOVE what you’re doing!

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    Hilary October 27, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Hi Evita and Tess – I like what Kristy said – we have a choice in life – to be negative and whiny, or positive and smiley .. (Evita) your story of your teaching will remain with you – and you’ll be benefiting others for many years to come.

    Tess always seems to be bold and has imbued that strength into you Kristy – and now she continues to open doors to us all – by sharing Evita ..

    Great to know more people and learn so much -
    the bold dare to go where others don’t ….
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    Daphne October 27, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Tess, thank you for hosting Evita in this post. It has come at a good time for me as I am rediscovering my identity and daring myself to do bold things to follow what my internal voice is telling me. Thank you, Evita, for sharing.
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    Evita October 27, 2009 at 8:12 am

    @ SOUL MERLIN – Hello Henry – it is great to hear from you and I have to say a big congrats to you Henry – that is wonderful that you gave up smoking!!!! Your body will surprise you – maybe it already has – how fast it can heal in so many ways.

    Thank you for stopping by here today and sharing your awesome bold step!

    @ SUZEN – Wonderful to see you here today Suzen and thanks for reading my story. How great to hear about your “bold moves” too.

    I really applaud you for your “tech” or “blogging” step – that is awesome on its own – because I know a handful of people who whether younger or older refuse to touch all things computer related and say “they just can’t learn” or “it is too late for them” ,etc. And of course it is never too late. We are the only ones who stand in our own way so many times.

    @ JULIE – Thank you Julie for those thoughts – I take them and your words deep to my heart. Oh you are so right about those “somehows” – I still rise in awe or shake my head in a pleasant disbelief (I do believe though) in how amazingly and perfectly things are coming together.

    What this has taught me so much, among many things, is that when we let go and trust, things turn out better than if we tried to plan them.

    @ KRISTY – How wonderful to meet you and it was such a pleasure to be a guest here on your mom’s blog.

    Wow, what a story you shared and what a bounty of life experiences. Your story fits in so well here as you made some bold moves indeed in your life, and oh how they do teach us.

    I have to say it must be pretty awesome to have a mom like Tess too – living out the “bold” life and also inspiring others to do the same. And now in your relationship too, you will find a balance I believe, where you feel both comfortable and growth seeking. Learning to truly be our selves by following our spirit may not be what society teaches us as “natural” – but once we taste it, and try it, boy does it come easier and easier and feel better and better. And so I wish you all the best as you continue in all your paths of life.

    @ HANLIE – Hello Hanlie and what a treat to see you here. Thank you so much for coming by to read my story – it really means a lot, and thank you for the kind words.

    Move boldly in the direction of your dreams Hanlie and watch your dreams unfold and become reality!

    @ PEGGY – Thank you so much Peggy for sharing your experiences. That is wonderful to hear that you have laid out a plan with your husband to boldly move in the direction of your dreams.

    Although I call my journey “bold” – it did not happen over night either. As I mentioned I knew where I was going, but I gave myself some time to get there, just like you describe. It is so wonderful to hear that you too will be pursing your dreams full time as you say and not in the background – it will be amazing to see as your life transforms. Many blessings to you on this path!

    @ HILARY – Thank you for your comments Hilary, they are much appreciated.

    Indeed we always do have a choice, at every step of the way and that is the beauty of life I believe to allow us to express ourselves however we want. And so I choose happiness, joy and fulfillment and it feels so wonderful! I choose to look at things as the opportunities that they are, not problems, challenges or obstacles. And life is good :)

    @ DAPHNE – You are so welcome Daphne and it really is my pleasure to share and be here on Tess’ blog today.

    Thank you for your comment and I wish you all the best of strength, courage and belief in yourself that you can do whatever it is that you set your mind to. You can follow your dreams in whatever bold moves may come. You can do all that and more!
    Evita´s last post…Taking Bold Steps to Live Fully My ComLuv Profile


    Sara B. Healy October 27, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Tess — Thank you for having Evita as a guest writer. I love reading her posts. She is amazing at so many things — photography, writing, poetry — that it just bubbles out of her.

    Evita — My favorite line in this post was when you said “And somehow each day when I wake up I know what to do. And somehow life is taking on a whole new meaning of fullness like I never thought possible.” That is so lovely to read. I am pleased (as well as lucky) that you made the decision to take your “leap of faith.” But you didn’t really leave teaching behind did you? At least, I still consider myself one of your students:~)
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    janice October 27, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Great to see you guesting here, Evita. What you did was bold on so many levels; teaching’s seen as secure, and you loved it, yet gave it up to take a risk and do something you love even more. Kudos! I’ve had several careers in my life and each change of job, town and even country came because I listened to the stirrings in my heart. I’ve loved my mosaic life and hope you continue to love yours.
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    Evita October 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

    @ SARA – Hello Sara and my goodness how you have warmed my heart with what you stated in your comment. I am truly humbled and I feel so grateful too.

    And it is so interesting that you said that about me not leaving teaching… I have been told that even from the co-workers that I left. And although I did not tell that to myself, or see it that way at first. I realize today that in some ways, perhaps in many ways I will always be a teacher at some levels. And I feel humbled to take on that role too.

    @ JANICE – So wonderful to hear your comments Janice – thank you for taking the time to read my story.

    I am taken in with your story of bold moves. I love it! Every time as you say all those moves came because you listened to your heart and that really has a way of shaping our lives so beautifully as I now see myself. Thank you for sharing that.
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    Lance October 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Thanks so much for having Evita here to share a part of her journey.

    I so love this post Evita, it’s so real and honest, and so you. Having watched this unfold for you, to get to where you are today has been a complete joy for me. You are a shining example of really living life. In so many ways, I see you being a light for so many. You don’t just talk about this, you are living it – living the dreams within your soul. And it’s such a gift to witness this, and see your true joy shine through! Evita, it is most certainly an honor both to be here today reading your words, and to call you friend.
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    Evita October 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    @ LANCE – Thank you so much Lance for all those beautiful words. Wow – how lucky I am, or should I say, how grateful I am for knowing the people I do, or having the friends I do like – you.

    It is neat how you shared part of the journey that took me to where I am today. It feels so good being free in so many ways, and I love what opporunities each day brings.

    My wish is for each person to find that kind of level of happiness, joy and satisfaction.
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    Joy October 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    What an amazing post! I like that you clearly state: “It is not about taking irrational risks, it’s about living life the fullest…giving it your all, having no regrets”…And responding to your Spirit.
    My life is full of bold moves in the last few years, yet sometimes Spirit whispers and I pretend not to hear it, or let busyness distract me from it, or any other coping mechanism to avoid it. But, It is there waiting to be acknowledged. And I always acknowledge it–sometimes readily, sometimes eventually, push past my fears and doubts and move ahead with my heart.
    The boldest moves I’ve made are in living authentically, and in choosing to parent my children the same way. My light shines very brightly yet sometimes I purposely dim it to “fit in” for a bit. I’ve been a bit discouraged lately, but then my 11 yr old son kind of summed up our lives recently when he said “Mom, you purposely choose to experience new and different things, so I am choosing it too”–considering he is quite shy and prefers routine and not to stand out in any way, his new ventures amaze me, and that he thinks he’s mirroring me is quite astounding.
    I know that every single person has it within them to dream, and to realize those dreams, and I am glad you are taking the steps to live the fullest life you can. And to share along the way. Very encouraging to all of us.
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    Robin October 28, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Hi Evita – that’s so interesting – I was a high school teacher, and I also resigned after 7 years! And I also left at a time when things were going well, and had no job or income to go to – I just knew there was “something more”.

    I like your points about exploring and experiencing life very much – this is how I felt at the time (1982) and I still do. – R
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    Evita October 28, 2009 at 5:41 am

    @ JOY – Hello Joy and I have to say what a “joy” to meet new, wonderful people like you!

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I have to say I am always so touched when I hear stories about conscious parenting. Our kids pick up so much from us, so much that we are unaware of that I applaud you for being the parent you are being to your children. What your son said, speaks volumes about this.

    I know in society sometimes it is not easy to make bold moves, but I also know that when our spirit really wants us to know something, it will find ways to communicate with us to let us know the right direction for us, whether we follow it or not.

    @ ROBIN – Hi Robin, how wonderful to see you here! And my goodness, what a neat coincidence. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It definitely gives me a glance into the future, as I am sure I too will feel like you as the years pass! I truly feels that once people make some bold moves in their lives consciously – life only gets better and better, as we realize that not only can we handle anything, but the Universe is full of amazing potential for us :)
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    Tess October 28, 2009 at 6:46 am

    Thank you everyone for being so generous with your kind thoughts and sharing with Evita. I hope you all have signed up for her RSS feed. Between the three websites I find there is something for everyone! Thanks Evita it’s been a joy having you here!


    Kaushik October 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

    What keeps people imprisoned is the fear that taking a bold step is difficult. The secret is that it’s not difficult at all. We have to do what you did–listen to our spirit, to our awareness. We simply develop awareness and we release the past and soon we are living consciously rather than reactively, and then boldness is inevitable.

    Thanks for sharing your journey. It’s inspiring.
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    Evita October 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

    @ TESS – Thank you so much again Tess for being such a kind hostess :)

    @ KAUSHIK – That is very profound Kaushik – I now realize that big time. It really is not difficult. When we get stuck in the ideas in our heads then many obstacles appear, but when we work from within our spirit, there are no obstacles. We are one, complete and everything unfolds exactly as it should.
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    Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord October 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Totally awesome post, Evita, and such great timing for the way the world seems to be heading. Our dreams call us, quietly at first, but then they get louder. I applaud you for honoring your dreams, and if you hadn’t told me you’d only been doing this for four months, I would have assumed four years. You’re very good at writing, sharing spirituality, and spreading love. Clearly, your dreams couldn’t wait another day for you — they needed your incredible outlet.
    Like you, I quit my corporate job and have been living a different sort of life. One that’s much more fulfilling than I ever imagined, in ways I couldn’t have thought about ahead of time.
    And I have no idea what’s next, but I do have faith.
    Bless you for sharing what you did and for being you.
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    Evita October 28, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    @ MEGAN – Thank you so much Megan for all that you have said here.

    As for the four months, well technically that is the time that I have been job-free (formally speaking of course), but I started blogging January 2008. It went slowly while I was still working, as most days I felt like I had two jobs, and I knew one had to go. Go figure it was the one with the income ;) LOL

    Just kidding – no regrets – I love what I do today, not so much even for the tasks as I felt fulfilled and do feel fulfilled today – of course in two different ways, but the freedom of the spirit that came with this change is priceless on its own and that has taught me so much.

    Thank you for sharing about your experience too – I look forward to getting to know about it some more.
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    Hicham October 29, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Evita, I know exactly what the ‘bubbles under the surface’ means and I may say that I’ve passed through an expirement that is -somehow- close to yours. Anyway it is important that the person figgure out what he/she wants exactly and to be himself/herself in this world!

    Thanks Tess for this wonderful guest post :)
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    Evelyn Lim October 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Hello Evita,

    Congratulations about taking a bold move to align with a desire that springs from the heart!! I certainly can identify with that!

    I had great insights when I asked myself the same questions, when I was presented with a tempting offer to go back to the financial industry a few weeks back. My friends also felt that I could handle the job pretty easily. In the end, I decided not to but to pay heed to the intuitive guidance from the heart.

    The income will come, when you make the choice to follow your innermost desires. The Universe will move in support by providing the resources that you need. I have seen that happening to me this year.

    Wishing you every success,
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    Linda Davis October 30, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Congratulations on your bold move, I applaud your courage Evita. I agree with what you said that you can live your life to the fullest if you go for the brass ring. If you ask evaluate what motivates you, it gets you in action which produces positive results. Think of what you really want and what you values the most that will help you identify the steps to achieving them.
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    Suzen November 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Greetings Tess and Evita,
    The picture of the goldfish jumping from one bowl with many into the empty one was a perfect metaphor for your post. Your story is what it is all about, listening to the still small inner voice, although your inner voice did not seem too small by year 7. Interesting that year 7 was the year that the energy was there for your break. Every 7 years our cells completely transform into bradn new cells, perfect conditions for your new adventure. “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” (Mark 2:22) I can only imagine the bouquet of the new wine! congratualtions and thanks for sharing your boldness, courage and faith. You enable us to do the same!
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    Evia February 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    @ HICHAM – Hi Hicham – that was such a wonderful thing to read when you said that indeed, it is important for us to be ourselves – to truly do what we want.

    And yes, I figured out what is the best step for me for now – not forever – but for now, and that feels good!

    @ EVELYN – Hi Evelyn and thank you so much for such beautiful supportive and encouraging words!

    You know I truly believe what you say, because I have been experiencing it now ever since I left. The more I go with the flow and not even entertain a worry, the more smoothly things flow, and I always have what I need.

    I am so grateful to the Universe for that.

    @ LINDA – Hello Linda and thank you so much for stopping by to share in my journey. It has been such a fun one so far, and one that has moved me to many new levels of growth.

    It is so nice even more to be able to share my happiness with others – thank you!

    @ SUZEN – Hi Suzen and what a wonderful choice of quotes you used – thank you.

    And yes, loving biology and the human body, I am so familiar with the 7 year renewal concept, but funny I did not apply it to my life change.

    Indeed I am a new person, and I love the new things that I am creating in my life. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wisdom here too!
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    saumya April 14, 2010 at 3:49 am

    opened up me again. Much needed at this phase of my life. I am really happy to know I am not alone,thinking in this way.
    Thank you all for sharing the thoughts.


    SEYI July 22, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Nice one this is really needed for such a time like this ,i also love what you said about taking bold steps and l refer to this undermentioned quotes of yours:
    “It is not about taking irrational risks, but about living life with fullness. It is about having no regrets and giving it your all.’


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