I recently quit my job, without the comfort of a new job to go to. I quit because I could no longer ignore the stirring inside me to do something different. Looking back, I feel like God was with me every step of the way, and in every single situation, continuing to encourage me to jump. When I wanted things to change, they didn’t. When I looked for someone to bail me out, there weren’t there. Only when I realized I’m about at the end of my rope, did I decide to let go. The fall hasn’t been as scary as I though. In fact, in many ways, I’ve never felt more at peace in my entire life. Ironically enough, I’ve also never been more financially uncertain. Those two don’t seem to go together do they?! To me, that speaks to the certainty in my mind that I am doing what I was created to do.
I’ve started my own private practice as a home and community based Marriage and Family Therapist. I grew tired of the superficial environment of an office, meeting clients on my turf, not theirs. I also grew tired of discharging people due to inability to pay, despite obvious need of mental health treatment. I was tired of not having the authority to adjust people’s payments, when I was the one who was with them and saw the need to do so. I was tired of discharging due to failure to get adequate childcare, inability to fill up the tank with gas, depression that wouldn’t allow a trip out of the home. I feel called to meet people where they are at, to bring to them, the services they need.
I’m in the process of becoming certified to practice EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning (EAP/L). I’ve found my dream, right in my own backyard. In graduate school, I remember telling a professor of mine that I would be practicing EAP in 10 years. I put it in the back of my mind when we moved to MI, not thinking there was anywhere nearby that did that kind of work. I was about ready to leave my career last summer, and enter the realm of whatever type of job that paid the bills, no matter how far removed it was from mental health, when I found PEACE Ranch. I’m being mentored by the Executive Director there, and could not feel more at peace.
Finally, I have always enjoyed taking pictures. I entered my photography in the county fair when I was in 4-H, and took home a few blue ribbons. I hate talking about this, because it feels too conceited, but this is part of my journey, so alas….I feel I’ve had a steady sprinkling of comments in my life that I should pursue photography. I feel like I have an eye for it, and the ability to catch moments as they happen. So here that goes, I’ve launched my own photography business as well, Moments Captured. I have a facebook page as well.
So there you have it. That’s me. And on top of it all, I have two beautiful children who keep me honest and real. My five year old daughter’s mission in life is to get me to slow down and smell the roses, I’m getting better:) And my eight year old son reminds me constantly of the beauty in learning and seeking knowledge. They are amazing kids! And my husband of 11 years is my rock. I am madly in love with him, and cannot imagine life without him. He grounds me, supports me, loves me, and believes in me.
My advice is, follow your dreams. Ask yourself what you would LOVE to do in life, and then do it. Money will work its way out, it always does. You may not have all of your wants, but your needs will be met. All you have to do is trust the process and have a little faith. Thanks for exploring my blog!