A call, an answer, and to new beginnings

First order of business: you guys are AWESOME.  Seriously, the emails, comments, texts, and cards in the MAIL made me feel tonnes better after the weekend, and I hope you know how much I appreciate every single one of you.

It’s been four days since everything went down this weekend, and I cannot even begin to describe how incredible they’ve been. On Sunday, I was hit with an unexpected blow, and after a few tears, I found in my inbox a message from one of my favourite bloggers.  It posed the question: “It may seem challenging, but when have you not been up for a challenge?” It threw me back to the last time I felt overwhelmed by something.  Back to almost a year ago, when I was afraid of everything. So crippled by the fear of judgment from others, so desperate to be living a different life, one where I could lead groups, speak my opinion, and be free of worry, perfectly secure in myself.  Back to when I made the decision to change everything.  Fast-forward a year, and I’m finishing up almost six months of teaching weekly classes, offering my thoughts in meetings, even singing in front of people. The journey still has miles left to go, but what I’m learning along the way, those tiny victories, give me the belief I can carry on. And the kick in the pants that I can do the same thing all over again if I have to.

When life throws us curveballs, I’m trying to grow into the person that realises the choice they have as to how to deal with them. Instead of taking the easy road into self-pity, when things aren’t going our way, we can get up and face the world head-on, taking new roads and new opportunities we may never have thought to try.  When one door slams harshly on our faces, we can struggle in vain to unlock it again – or we can walk away. Try a new one.  And see where it leads us.

Hannah’s words made me realise I had that opportunity. So Monday’s post was me putting it out to the universe – and the universe, in the last three days, has delivered. HARD CORE.  I was surprised that very afternoon, whilst at my desk at work, by a phone call from one Nate St. Pierre, down in the States, asking me what I planned on doing for lunch the next day.  I don’t think I’d ever been so simultaneously thrilled and confused! He explained that someone he’d spent a week with recently exploring Napa Valley, California, just so happened, according to Google Earth, to work two blocks down the street from me, and he thought we’d have a lot in common, and might hit it off! So Tuesday I went for my “blind date” – and had a wonderful lunch with his friend. We talked charity work, social media, travel, immigration to Canada, work – work! She just so happened to be pretty high up with a very well known chain of restaurants, and passed my info along to the regional manager – who called me today to see if I’d like to meet to talk about marketing and promotion while he was in town. During the first week of April. AKA my first week of unemployment. Coincidence? I don’t know, but all I know is I’m stunned by the impeccable timing of this wonderful twist of fate, and feeling rather excited indeed.

I also went out for lunch this week with a great coworker, who sadly is leaving the same day as me – we’ve shared many a laugh, a Glee-fest and a thought-provoking discussion since we’ve shared an office, and I’ll miss seeing her every day dreadfully – but at lunch this week, we talked about outside-of-work plans, including tea, good TV, and working on our goal of singing in front of people together.  I’m totally excited to spend more time with her!

And then today, I arrived home to a bit of a surprising email – from a friend I hadn’t spoken to in years.  I was shocked, initially – but after I finished reading it, I was literally jumping up and down.  We’d fallen out over something silly, and she’d read my post on Monday, and decided to reach out.  We used to be extremely close, and I was often sad she was no longer around – and all of a sudden, by random fluke, she finds my post, and decides to take a risk.  And it couldn’t have come at a better time.  This was the girl that I used to see multiple times a week, have endless conversations with, trade music with and convert to all my British TV. 🙂  Her email reminded me of how I’d felt about Sweet and I – we used to date years ago, didn’t speak for at least five, and had a second chance… after we’d had some time to learn more about ourselves, about the world.  And once we’d grown up a little, we got the chance to give it another go.  This time, the timing was right. And I’m awfully hopeful it’ll be a similar case with her, too.  We’re meeting to catch up this time next week – and I can’t wait.

I’m gobsmacked at the fact it’s only been a matter of days. And at the difference the power of choice can make.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned recently in life, it’s that we really do have the ability to shape our lives.  It’s just a matter of deciding what choice to make.  Sometimes, when you profess your desire for change to the universe, it really does deliver, with more rapidity and assurance than you ever could’ve hoped.

Despite many things right now still being very much up in the air, I’m feeling a heck of a lot more comfortable that everything’s going to work out just fine.  And I owe a great deal of that, my dears, to you guys.

Here’s to the next chapter…

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63 comments

  1. Emily, I have a huge smile on my face right now. This is who I expect you to be, and you’re coming through. You’re gonna be just fine. In fact, you’ll be better than fine. I can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’re going to do this year. Rock on, kid.

  2. Em, I am thrilled about the turn of events in the last few days… it really pays off to stay positive and open to new opportunities. You never know what might come your way.

    I know somebody who would benefit of your positive attitude and “let’s do it”-mentality.

    So happy for you!

    1. Thank you so much – and for your kind words recently, they’ve really meant a lot. And for helping me fix my comments 🙂 If you ever wanted to chat about your someone, you know where to find me.

  3. Oh miss, I’m so glad to hear that things are on the up! I love the new attitude you’ve adopted, and you’re totally right. You can take on anything, and come out the otherside free and clear with the right attitude. I’m glad the universe is coming together for you, thats really great. Yay!

  4. That’s wonderful, Emily. 🙂 I’m so glad that things are looking up for you.

    Being able to reconnect with someone is a great feeling. My best friend lives in Ottawa (I’m in Edmonton). Just being able to have one of our rare Skype chats is enough to make me feel better immediately!

    Sending best wishes your way. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. I know how you feel – my best friends live in other countries! I just bought a webcam, so I think I might get to try out Skype for the first time soon – I’m really excited 🙂

  5. Wow. This post has hit me smack in the face. I am blown away at what has been happening for you…it’s such an awesome testimony!!! There are days when I get so down wondering…you know, when? When is MY time??? And I think that instead of moping about, I should maybe work on changing my attitude, my motives, and focus more on just simply LIVING and molding my life into one I want. I’m feeling such a lack of motivation lately…when I log into my blog I have no idea what to say, what to write, and it’s just frustrating. And that’s a reflection of my mentality right now: I’m frustrated!! So I think maybe that is where I need to start. Anyyyyways, lots of blabber to say I simply cannot BELIEVE how awesomely everything is working out for you. I mean…it’s just incredible the way the universe works…just amazing!!! Cheers to you, Miss Emily! ❤

    1. Thanks lady! I was pretty mopey for a bit, confused, and questioning, wondering why – and thanks to you guys I really decided that wasn’t getting me anywhere at all, and I’m blown AWAY by the immediacy of things just coming into play… if anything it’s made me more determined to “make the right choice” later on in life when difficulties arise too 🙂

      1. There are days when I get so down wondering…you know, when? When is MY time???

        I feel the same way sometimes… and it seems so unfair, because you believe that you’re making the most of effort. But an attitude adjustment can work wonders, I guess.

    1. 😀 Me too!! Thank you for all your kindness in your emails this week – I’m sending one your way soon (sorry there’s been a LOT of running around this week!) xx

  6. I’m going to repeat my initial reaction: SQUEE!!!! This is rather exciting news, and I can’t wait to hear how everything turns out. Way to find the silver lining.

  7. First of all, I love your new layout and the header is fantastic!\

    Secondly, I love your tone in this post. It’s so heartfelt and full of hope. Life is going to throw you challenges and curveballs and it’s all about how you respond to it. You have responded and in a great way! You totally deserve any kind of happiness and I can’t wait to see what comes next for you! Major love!

    1. Thank you!! I’m totally nervous about the start of so many new things, especially not knowing what they are yet lol but there’s another choice – being scared or embracing the possibilities. I’m just astonished at the difference a change in attitude really can make 🙂 Thank you for being here for me when I needed you – I hope you know how much your words over the last few days have meant, too 🙂

  8. Hooray for you! You sound so much happier in this post. I’m so happy for you. Like you said, things just happen…it could be coincidence, but it also could be things just working out. I love the new blue layout! Very fun! I’ve been in a blue mood lately. I have my eye on a pair of navy Crocs with white and red trim…I’m so not a Crocs kind of girl, nor am I a navy person, but they look so cute. We’ll see, I may splurge. 🙂 Luv ya!

    1. Thank you! I’m shocked by how changing my attitude has just changed everything in my world too. The opportunities are continuing into the week and may be rubbing off at home too (Sweet had a very interesting call last night… I’ll email you!)

  9. em this makes my heart happy!!! i was praying for you since the weekend and it looks like prayers and your faith and AMAZING attitude really came through… i’m really excited for the next chapter for you. i love that you write about the struggles as well as the good, and your journey is an inspiration. i’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to hear what happens next!!!

  10. Awesome to hear. I like to say ‘ad novae loci!’ as a toast, which, if my latin is right, means ‘to new situations!’ Appropriate here, and also pretty amazing that good things arrive after a rough patch.

  11. I’ve learned in life that no matter how bad things may seem, something good is on its way around. I’m so happy that it came to you so quickly; life has impeccable timing, especially for those who truly deserve it. Here’s to your newfound friendships and an amazing career opportunity!

    1. It’s a lesson I am definitely continuing to learn… and just strengthens my faith in the universe, and reaffirms the idea of the power of a positive attitude. This is one of those Big Weeks I’ll remember in the future, next time life seems so uncertain, or difficult… hold me to it? 🙂

  12. Life is full of opportunities once we have removed ourselves from the confines of our familiar world. I’m happy with the good development that’s happening to you right now. Keep on going and don’t forget that in our selves lies the power to influence life. 🙂

  13. AWESOME especially with your most recent post about lack of friends. although i guess that was her prompt to email you? in any event, don’t you just LOVE when the universe provides like that?? i’ve had similar things happen but i’m not sure if i’ve ever had such an amazing line of connections/networking working out in my favor like your story. congrats on the next step!!! so exciting.

  14. Oh I am so glad for you that things are looking up already! That is great. Keep up the great attitude. And hooray for the internets.
    I hope you will enjoy meeting up with your friend.

  15. You have no idea how much this makes me smile! How amazing that just in a matter of days..the universe would begin to respond to your heart’s intentions!! It is so very inspiring. I think I will start putting my desires out there for the universe to work on!

    You have no idea how much I long for that close-knit circle of friends that has so much fun together…

    But even still…I’m happy and I’m sooo glad to see that smile back in your blog post!!

  16. Way to make my day. I am so honored to be such an intricate part to boosting your mood and mentality. You are an amazing individual and I am seriously so lucky to have come across you on here. You have helped me through so much and I am happy to see that I have been able to do the same for you lady. You have so much coming your way, I have all the faith in the world in you.

    And hey, new layout?! What is this change, because I adore it!!

    Best,

    Hannah Katy

  17. Way to find that silver lining. It sounds like things will work out for you just fine. Keep your chin up. With an attitude like yours, you’ll be on to something bigger and better in no time! I love the way you think positive–very encouraging & inspiring!

  18. So I’ve obviously been a really terrible follower. Sorry. It’ll never happen again. I talked to Nate the other day, and he was telling me about getting you together with his friend! I’m glad it went well. I had to back-read a little bit and I feel you. Sometimes it’s really shitty living here because I don’t know anyone and only really have my boyfriend to talk to. And sometimes, I just feel like moving here was a mistake. It’s all confusing. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’ll be a better reader.

    1. Oh please shoot me an email sometime if you ever want to talk about Big Gigantic Moves… I still feel sometimes that moving away from England was a big mistake and it’s the days I feel lonely where I desperately plea for us to hop continents… but I try to see the reality of why I’m here in the first place, too. It’s cheaper, it’s less crowded, less polluted, far sunnier… sure, my closest friends live in another country. And it’s colder than Antarctica for half the year. But wherever you are, you have someone by your side, and a good following of friends cheering you on from all over the world 🙂 Let me know if you ever want to chat about this sort of thing?

  19. I missed whatever went down, but I’m so happy things are looking up! It’s weird to me the way you’ll go through a period where it feels like doors are being slammed in your face and then in the course of even just one afternoon, suddenly all these new doors are open. I love that feeling!

  20. Nate is an awesome dude! I’m part of the It starts with us team and have chatted to Nate on and off via twitter (Ok so not the same as an IRL friend but he’s lovely all the same!)

    I’m glad to hear you got something sorted out 🙂

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