Learning to Jump With Help From Madonna

As I began to make this new blogging venture of mine a reality, I experienced a tumultuous riot of emotions. Waves of ecstasy and happiness at being in pursuit of a dream I had sheltered for many years. These feelings would be followed by moments of sheer panic and doubt over what it meant I was walking away from. It truly felt as though I was standing on the edge of a cliff and testing a pair of wings I have never used, trusting that they knew what to do once I stepped off into the unknown.

Turning your back on the familiar is extremely difficult and can lead you to question your own sanity at times, but the older you get the more you begin to realize that you it’s true what they say – you only live once. “There’s no time like the present” and “the longer you wait the harder it gets” and all that. Yeah. No kidding. Like many today, I knew I was spinning my wheels and time was wasting. It was time to make my own way.

“There’s only so much you can learn in one place
The more that I wait, the more time that I waste
I haven’t got much time to
waste
It’s time to make my way
I’m not afraid of what I’ll face
But I’m afraid to stay
I’m going down my road and I can make it alone
I’ll work and I’ll fight till I
find a place of my own.”
-Jump, Madonna
Confessions on a Dance Floor 2005

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So here we go. This blog will be a reflection of my own journey into freelance writing and blogging, and I hope it will serve as a source of inspiration for others seeking to make a change. I will be sharing tips and tidbits here on a variety of subjects that I am passionate about including ways to live a healthier lifestyle, and the buzz here in my local stomping grounds of the Niagara Region in Ontario Canada. I have a strong background in retail and tourism, and networking is my middle name. As such, I want to help spread the word on local business and restaurants. I will also be testing out and giving feedback on popular Pinterest recipes. I hope my blog will also be a source of positivity for those seeking a little push in the right direction just like I was, or at the very least an escape from the tedium of daily life. I also look forward to sharing my learning process as I grow and evolve my freelance writing business, Niagara Writing Services. If you like what you find here, or have an idea for a post please feel free to drop me a line – I look forward to interacting with my readers and sharing ideas. Jumping into a new venture is always easier when you have someone to do it with.

Thankfully I have a great husband who gave me the push I needed to make my dream of writing a reality. His love and support has always been strengths I have drawn upon and cherished. I don’t think I can say I jumped of my own free will so much as got lovingly shoved into this, but however it happened I am glad it did. Our work schedules had become very conflicted and the demands were placing stress on our family. We both knew it was time for a change and it is in part thanks to him that I have followed through on this new path. Having the support of your loved ones is always beneficial, but sometimes you do start to wonder if your loved ones are in fact slightly biased in your favour and not the best focus group to be bouncing your ideas off of. Fortunately for me I had other guiding influences and a great group of friends which helped with me making my decision to jump.

When the time finally came I was surprised at how easy it was to do it; to make the decision to walk away from a stable paycheck and familiar routine. For a time, I felt like I was in free-fall – floating around, weightless, and ungrounded. I admit I did feel a bit lost at times, as I struggled to bring my dream to reality. During my transition to becoming a freelance writer/blogger, I also rediscovered an old favourite Madonna song which always helped me to focus on my goals, and in this case helped to reaffirm my decision. It is a song which has always lifted my spirits and continually reminds me to seize the day.

The funny thing is I was never a huge fan of Madonna. I don’t recall how I came across it, but from the first moment I listened to it, her 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor has resonated with me and several songs have found their way into my permanent iTunes collection. The song “Jump” in particular has always struck a chord with me. The lines quoted above have always struck me as less of a love song and more about finding the strength to move forward. Like the song says, I knew I didn’t want to stay where I was and I felt time slipping away from me (I turned 40 this year – ugh!) I too was more afraid to risk staying where I was for the rest of my life than I was to face the unknown.

I think many of us today are in this same spot – questioning the path we are on and wondering if we are making the right decision. Do we risk it all for a chance at our dreams, or do we stick with the way things are – for our own sake and the sake of those that depend on us? Can we afford to take that risk and what happens if we fail? While I can’t offer a solution that will offer a simple answer that works for everyone, I can share here what I have found to work for me so far. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to your views on success and fulfillment. By this I mean that what makes me feel successful and fulfilled may differ significantly from you. Find out what being successful means to you and what you find fulfillment from in life and try to create a balance between them. Making subtle changes in your life now may result in significant improvements in these areas over time. For me, finding a balance between my career and my family was key.

By asking myself what I was more afraid of – the unknown of pursuing my dreams or staying in my present reality – I was able to make the decision that was right for me. This of course implies that you have done your homework on the subject and considered your financial situation – don’t take a leap without a parachute! And just like Madonna says, I know that “I’ll work and I’ll fight till I find a place of my own.” Every day I am working to bring my own dream to reality and I feel blessed to be doing so. I no longer feel like I am in free-fall, but am heading down the path I was meant to be on. I wish the same for you my readers and look forward to sharing this path with you through my blog.

“Are you ready to jump
Get ready to jump
Don’t ever look back oh baby
Yes, I’m ready to jump
Just take my hand
Get ready to jump”

Jump with me. Let’s see where we land.

Bonnie

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