That was advice I received from a friend about 5 years ago.
Perhaps you've been in a situation similar to mine, or maybe you're experiencing it right now. It's when everything feels overwhelming. Career, relationship(s), finances are feeling heavy, like you're trying to push them all straight up a mountain. You may even start to the feel the physical consequences of that weight. For me, I had chronic neck pain for almost a year.
I was unloading on a friend one day about all of these things that weren't going "right" in my life. I felt helpless since I didn't know where to start. He told me I couldn't change everything at once, so just change one thing.
So I did. I quit my job.
I was in media for over 10 years, and even though there were aspects I enjoyed, I felt I was missing a purpose. My true passion was and still is health and wellness. I had to immerse myself in that world.
I enrolled in my first Yoga Teacher Training. I learned so much about myself and beyond myself at the same time. I became empowered with tools I could use to break habitual patterns, relieve stress and manage my emotions. I felt liberated as the weight I was carrying was lifted off my shoulders.
That "one" change had a profound effect on my work environment, my relationship, my social circle, my health and my purpose. That "one" change started me on a path that led me to where I am today.
It's amazing to look back. I had so much fear. I felt I was "throwing away" a career I invested so much time in. But those aspects I enjoyed are still present in what I do today.
I still use my voice like I did when I was in radio, just in front of a different audience. I still put together curriculum like I did at the Vancouver Film School, but the content is different. I'm still managing logistics like I did when I was producing television, but now it's for the Maritime Yoga College.
I changed one thing and it changed everything.
I know my change was very drastic and leaving a job is not the answer for everyone. You will see however, no matter what you change, big or small, there will be a ripple effect through your life.
Saying goodbye to a relationship that is no longer serving you, changing your morning ritual to include a 3 minute meditation, setting aside time each week to devote to your passion and creativity.
What is the one thing you would change?
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.