Gut Check – 1,2,1,2

January 29, 2020

It was the third date and the last day I’d see him for a few days. We just had the most amazing weekend together and then he told me .. he was interviewing for a job in Nashville. 

Standing on my front porch step, somewhere between lost in his eyes and the moment, I felt an overwhelming peace come over me. In an instant I knew, this was a calling and I’d be in Nashville someday, too. 

Do you ever find out news and just say to yourself, “wow I have a good feeling about this!”. That’s your gut talking! Your intuition! The holy spirit! Whatever you want to call it, it’s a thing and we must listen to it.

I recently fished the book The Alchemist and if you haven’t read it, it’s a game changer. Stop reading right now, go bookmark it on Amazon here, and go get it.

The story from a 50,000 foot view is about a boy who finds his way, and he does it all by listening to the omens, following his path, and ultimately, finding everything he was in search of.

So as I was standing there on the front porch, I smiled and said, “I’m not worried about it. Something tells me it’s going to be okay.”

Y’all, I have never been so excited for someone and confused about why I wasn’t worried all in one instant. How could I be fine with this, I would ask myself. The long and short of it was – I was falling in love with him, and I knew that if it was God’s will, He would make it happen.

He left a month later. His dad and I helped him pack, taking the Uhaul twelve hours north to his new home. I released everything I had to God and in these next few days, my gut said, “it’s fine.”

In life there are pivotal moments. Moments where you ignored your intuition and moments when you followed it. This was one of those pivotal moments for me and I had to follow the path.

A few months later (after many prayers) things were aligning and I made my way up to Nashville. Scared that I wouldn’t book business right away, I was thrilled when I was able to book three Nashville weddings within two months! What was this magic, I thought to myself. And then I remembered, I’m right where I’m meant to be.

The decision to leave St. Pete (a place I built my business for the last 7 years) to live in Nashville wasn’t an easy one, but I knew I was in good hands. I was trusting where I was meant to be, and I could now be proud to be a traveling photographer – something I’ve secretly prayed for for so long!

The beauty of it? I get to work in two markets now and EXPAND my portfolio to places I have never thought imaginable! Was it hard? Is it hard still? Do I still doubt sometimes? YES. But my intuition still says “YOU ARE MEANT TO BE HERE.”

What if I ignored that intuition? What if I said to myself, “you know what, this guy is great and Nashville is cool, but I’m staying here and that’s that!”

I would have missed out on SO much. The opportunity to grow. To strengthen myself. I would have missed out on the opportunity to BUILD my business into something it was always meant to be. A business with heart who can reach people not only in Florida, but wherever. On top of that y’all, I no longer get plane sick! Praise be!

The point is, it’s okay to be scared, but that little feeling in your gut, it’s really your heart pulling you to bigger and better things. Trust it. Release it. It will never lead you astray.

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