I’ve previously written about following my bliss from corporate America to becoming a cat writer via working in veterinary hospitals and starting my own Reiki business. You can find out more about my path in my latest book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine.
I never forget how fortunate I am that I found the courage to take the risks that were necessary along my journey. It wasn’t always easy, there were (and still are) moments of worry and doubt along the way, but I wouldn’t want my life to be anything but what it is.
I love sharing my own experience, and I also love cheering on others who embark on a similar journey. A common thread for traveling on this path is accepting that there are no guarantees, and that it frequently takes a leap of faith to change your life.
JaneA Kelley recently took such a leap. JaneA, along with her three cats Siouxsie, Thomas and Bella, has been writing the blog Paws and Effect for the last ten years. She’s also a contributing author at Catster. Up until two months ago, JaneA lived in Portland, Maine, where she worked as a communications and marketing specialist for a nonprofit organization.
Bella and Thomas
Earlier this year, JaneA decided that she wanted to move to Seattle. She wanted to partner with a good friend to start a cat sitting business there, and she was also hoping to make writing, or working with cats, into a full time career.
In September, JaneA packed up everything she could fit into her car, and, along with Siouxsie, Thomas and Bella, drove across the country to start her new life. You can read about her cross country move with her cats here and here.
JaneA and the cats quickly settled into their new apartment in Seattle. She already has cat sitting clients. She continues to write for her blog, and for Catster, and she recently landed a job with Trupanion Pet Insurance as a customer service representative.
I am in complete awe of JaneA’s courage, and her faith in making this huge change in her life. I took risks along my own path, but picking up and moving cross country elevates making major life changes to a whole new level.
I asked Janea how long it took her to make the decision to relocate to Seattle. “I fell in love with Seattle several years ago and had been looking for work there for almost as long,” says JaneA. “It was tough to find work from 3,000 miles away, but the idea of moving there with no prospects for employment was pretty scary. After a couple of personal crises last year, I realized I was stagnating in Maine and I had to make this move for my own greatest and highest good.”
The issue of money was the most difficult part of making this change for Janea. “Having grown up in circumstances where money was scarce, I’ve harbored a fear of poverty for many years,” she says. “I’d gotten to the point where I had a respectable professional job I liked and I was doing all the things I figured an adult should do. Even though I was emotionally not very content – I hadn’t found many kindred spirits back in Maine, and I felt pretty isolated — the fear of things being worse held me back. With the help of my best friend and a good counselor, I finally found myself saying “You know what? I’ll be okay,” and actually believing it. Trusting the universe is ridiculously hard for me, but I took the leap of faith even though my knees were shaking when I did it.”
JaneA will continue to write her blog and her Catster posts. She is looking forward to starting her new job, and hopes that she can move up quickly. She’ll be working with her best friend to expand their cat-sitting business, Bodhisatva Cat Care. She is also planning to expand her “Dahlia Tells All” memoir, a series of blog posts she wrote from about 2009 to 2010, and publish it as an ebook. “Ultimately, I’m at my happiest when I’m a storyteller,” says JaneA. “I’m exploring how new technology and social sharing sites can be used for group story-building projects.”
I have no doubt that JaneA will accomplish everything she sets her mind to, and then some. That’s just what happens when someone takes a leap of faith and follows her bliss. For more information about JaneA, and to follow her blog, please visit Paws and Effect.