One of our readers shared an awesome quote with Tracy and I earlier this month:
“The longest journey you will ever make in life is from your head to your heart.”
This quote really resonated with me.
It accurately reflects the difficult journey that involves following your heart, rather than your head.
Your head tells you to play it safe, to do what you’re supposed to do. Do what everyone else is doing. Don’t rock the boat.
But your heart yearns to live free, to follow your passion, to do what you love.
When we follow our head, overriding the “inner GPS” of our heart, we end up putting off our dreams because we don’t think that we can make a living doing what we love.
We’re afraid of losing it all. We’re afraid that our friends and family will judge our decisions – and that they just might be right.
Nobody wants to be the cautionary tale – the punchline in the “did you hear about _______ who quit their day job and ended up homeless and bankrupt?”
While many of us live comfortable lives, with a steady paycheck, and modern comforts, we’re still miserable. Life feels incomplete.
We feel like we’re not living our life, rather we’re going through the motions of a life that was chosen for us.
Your Head Follows Fear, But Your Heart Leads To Where You Should Be
If we always follow our head, we would make decisions that feel safe. We’d stay within our comfort zone. We’d get the good job, buy the big house, and do what is expected of us.
Seven years ago, my head told me that it was crazy to sell off all of my videography gear and move to Mexico for six months so that we could focus on building our blog – especially since my camera gear had helped pay the bills since 2008.
It felt crazy for Tracy to stop looking for a new job, and relocate to Mexico with me when her unemployment benefits ran out.
In fact, a lot of people we knew told us that we were crazy. Some of our family was not pleased. We were given many (very valid) reasons why we should NOT take this leap.
But Tracy and I felt an intense pull to broaden our experience, and create something that would become our life’s work. We felt pulled toward building something that would help people – a so-called “heart-centered business”.
I am SO glad that we listened to our hearts and made the leap! Otherwise, we both would have gotten jobs and none of the amazing, life-changing experiences we had over the past 8 years would have happened.
And I wouldn’t be doing what I love today. I’d be miserable, at a day job, feeling unfulfilled.
Following Your Heart Takes Practice
It’s too easy to get stuck in the “safe zone”, even if you’ve followed your heart in the past.
A couple years ago, Tracy and I felt our hearts leading us toward broadening the focus of our blog away from green smoothies and nutrition, and more toward personal development.
But our heads told us not to rock the boat.
We had a high-traffic smoothie blog. We were living a comfortable life doing what we were doing. Changing anything could be catastrophic!
And so we ignored our inner GPS and followed our heads. Slowly, the feeling that we were not living 100% authentically became too great to ignore.
Fast-forward to today, and both Tracy and I wrestle with the thought of “did we do the right thing?” when we re-branded our blog earlier this month and dropped the Incredible Smoothie’s name.
Our heads told us to stay the course, to continue as a smoothie blog because that is what has kept our bills paid for the last 7 years.
But we both have SO much more that we want to do with our lives. We are both super-excited to share new content, and connect with people on different levels beyond green smoothies and nutrition.
Sure, we struggle with thoughts of uncertainty, doubt, fear – just like anyone else would.
But our decision still feels right. It feels good, even though we’re putting a lot at risk.
It’s hard to explain, but our passion for what we do is 100 times stronger now that we’ve adjusted our blog to better align with the direction we feel lead to go in by our hearts.
We both feel like we’re following our heart, and we both truly appreciate the positive messages that we have received from our readers who are excited about the changes on our blog, and our new direction.
I’ll leave you with this:
Are you stuck in your head? Where does your heart lead?
Do you dare to take the first step on that journey from head to heart?
About Davy & Tracy
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