a one way ticket to Bangkok

I remember it like it was yesterday…

I sat in my mentor’s office and sheepishly mentioned to her that I had been dreaming of traveling and working abroad for a while.

After sharing my far fetched dream with her, I ended it with “but of course I can’t really do that’.

What she said in that moment is something I will never forget and never stop thanking her for.

She said “Jamie, if you really want to go travel abroad for a while, we need to find a way to make that happen. We have to listen to that pull.”

“What? No. I can’t actually do that.”

“If that desire is in your heart, it’s there for a reason. Let’s explore it.”

In that moment, she shifted something within me that I think will forever be changed.

She helped me validate my desires.

She showed me that I need to take my dreams seriously.

She helped me see that listening to the pulls of my soul is a NON NEGOTIABLE if I want to live a fulfilling life.

They are not to be pushed away.

She taught me to listen to what I really wanted and instead of saying “that would just be impossible to pull off…maybe later”, to take action. To figure out a way.

Two months later I left for Bangkok with a one-way ticket and a 50 pound backpack.

I was about to begin the adventure of my lifetime.

I traveled intuitively through Thailand and Vietnam for two months, solo, in the beginning of 2016. Every single step of the way I asked myself what I wanted to do, who I wanted to spend time with, what I wanted to see and experience, where I wanted to go, what part of myself I wanted to explore.

I relied on my intuition, my desires, and what lit me up. And I let that guide me.

Ever since feeling that shift within me the moment my coach asked me to take my desires seriously, I have been fiercely devoted to my soul.

I fight for a business I love, not just one that feels safe or comfortable.

I am constantly open to exploring new aspects of myself instead of clinging to any past identity. I never keep myself in a particular box.

I pay attention to how I energetically feel with people and spend time with people who feel G O O D for me to be with.

I say YES to things without even understanding why I am saying yes. I just follow what lights me up and trust that I am always evolving, and therefore, my decisions might surprise me.

For those of you who understand the feeling that comes when you DECIDE that the moment is now… not in the future… you get how that feels. The feeling is indescribable.

I have experienced that feeling time and time again in the last several years, and it is starting to feel more “normal” these days.

But it still takes effort.

Trust me, making that trip to Asia work for me took a ton of effort. I had to completely rethink my business and how I was going to make the trip work around it. I had to deal with a TON of fears and hesitations. I had to figure it out financially. I had no idea what I was doing, but I just did it.

I often think of that moment in my coach’s office.

Expressing my dream.

My hesitation.

My inclination to say “someday” and put it off.

Her holding me accountable to my dreams.

Me saying “okay, now. Yes. I have no idea how this will work, but let’s do this.”

Those 5 minutes in her office changed my life, and I am constantly grateful that she showed me how it FEELS to honor my soul.

On Friday I am teaching a free workshop all about how to Intentionally Spend Your Time Doing More of What You Love.

I’m going to teach you how to get in alignment with your soul and your desires, and how to practically start taking action on these things now.

I want you to have that same feeling of choosing NOW, not someday.

I can’t wait to hang out with you there!

Here’s where you can sign up.

Love,

Jamie

P.S. This mentor who changed (and continues to change) my life is Jennifer Racioppi who has been my coach for 3 years now. Guys, I have never worked with anyone for even close to that long, but that is how valuable Jenn is. And guess what? She is teaching at my NYC Retreat in May. We are SO freakin’ lucky to have her on board… she is one of the most wise and inspiring women I know. Want to come learn from her? Check out the retreat and what Jenn and I will be teaching right here.

P.P.S. If you want to go into this work FULLY and are ready to really, truly start living a life you love, I would love to have you at my Master Your Life LIVE Retreat in NYC in May. Here’s all the details about the RETREAT!

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