The original vision, which first came to me 4 years ago, was both simple and grand.
Shift my business structure and focus so that I could work from anywhere. Sell my apartment. Spend a month in Costa Rica at surf camp, then the rest of winter on the west coast, in either Los Angles or San Diego.
Selling the apartment took longer than expected. Surf camp in Costa Rica didn’t come together. The shifts in my business were taking longer than I wanted.
For a couple of years, I felt stuck in every aspect of my vision. I banged my head against the wall of “when’s it going to happen?”
But things have a way of working out.
Eventually, my apartment sold. After months of living in uncertainty in New York, I finally booked a trip to the pacific coast of Panama. What was supposed to be 2 weeks turned into 6 weeks.
In the beginning of my stay in Panama, I had ocassional thoughts about how it would be nice if my business shifts had been further along.
While I was in Panama, I woke up in the middle of the night with the stark realization:
It was happening.
Instead of Costa Rica, I got the pacific coast of Panama — for 6 weeks. While I was there, I had conversations with people that allowed me to bring forward some of my best work and wisdom.
Back in New York, my real estate business was in capable hands. With the help of colleagues, I brought new listings onto the market. They handled the showings and I got on calls as necessary to discuss strategy and coach my clients through the big decisions and navigating change.
After a brief visit to New York, where the cold weather and the energetics of constant errands and running around reminded me of why I left, I left for Los Angeles yesterday.
Logistical issues had led to my rescheduling my flight, so I was a day later than originally planned. In the bigger picture I’m about 3 years later than I planned, so really, what’s one more day?
And technically, it’s still winter for another 8 days, so I’m still in time with my vision.
For so long, I have held this vision, not just for the travel but for how I wanted to realign my business. So many times I found myself asking the same questions and believing the doubts of the skeptics:
- how’s it going to work?
- you’re not the type who can live out of suitcases
But I didn’t give up the vision. I clung to it tightly — but lose enough that I could be open to what the Universe wanted to send me.
And as I rode to the airport, I realized again:
Maybe not on the time frame or in the exact way I anticipated or desired, but in a way that — I trust — will serve me even better.
As if to reinforce that everything happens in divine timing and according to the divine plan, I scored an upgrade to business class for my flight from JFK to Los Angeles.
It was exactly what I needed to recover from a whirlwind visit to New York and over 8 hours of packing.
I settled into my business class seat, reminding myself that this was a sign to trust.
Sometimes your dreams can feel miles away, almost impossible. You may wonder:
When will it happen?
Trust that it is happening. Not necessarily in a way you can perceive or in the way you wanted, but in its own way, on it’s own timing.
That’s how it works