Starting a New Career — Mid-Pregnancy
After almost three years of managing a popular metaphysical shop in Los Angeles, I resigned. Everyone was shocked, the owners, the healers, the staff, the customers – even I was shocked.
I finally took the leap to start my own business. A business I knew I wanted to create when I took on the job at the shop. I told my friends and family about my plans, and prepared to launch a crowdfunding campaign to help me raise some seed money. But two months after I resigned, I started feeling physically off. I couldn’t put my finger on it: Was it stress, anxiety, or my diet?
I made some tweaks to my diet and nothing changed. I made an appointment with my doctor immediately, as my self-diagnoses were getting crazier and crazier. I thought, “What if I have a tumor the size of the cantaloupe and it’s ready to erupt?” Eeeek!! I even took a pregnancy test to rule that out; I actually took TWO pregnancy tests. Neither positive. Fast forward to my doctor’s appointment. After some tests she came back with the results: “You are pregnant. 27 weeks pregnant to be exact,” she said. Yes, you read that correctly: 27 weeks pregnant, as in “You are having a baby in approximately 12 weeks.”
I left the doctor’s office numb. On my ride home, I went through so many emotions. I finally broke down and cried. What about the plans for my business? Do I put those plans off for another five years? Do I go back to work at an agency? Oh God, do I go and ask for my job back at the shop? My oldest child will be only two years old when the baby is born! That’s it, I’m putting the business on the shelf…again. This is not fair. What about me?!
If I had found out I was pregnant much earlier, I probably would not have resigned from my job, I would not have leapt to make my dreams a reality. I would have rationalized why I could not and should not leave my job. But at that moment, I made a choice: I would stay in the present and go ahead with my original plan.
It’s been almost a year since I resigned from the metaphysical shop and my baby is now four months old. I launched my company, A Polished Life, and I have two amazing clients. I am steadily building my client roster and although there have been some bumps along the way, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I often pause to reflect and say to myself, “You did it, you surrendered and jumped...and you are still standing.”
Is there something that you have been wanting to do but keep putting off? Here’s my advice. Find a quiet place. Take a deep breath and close your eyes. Bring up that desire that you have. Make a choice to just show up. You don’t need a detailed plan, just take one step at a time. Don’t worry about the how or when, just show up. Trust me, the answers will come and so will the support. You will begin to attract like-minded people. Remember, your vibe attracts your tribe.
Here is a list of my favorite quotes I read and re-read that fueled me to forge ahead.
The voice of integrity, your spirit, is always speaking to you even if you don’t want to listen. – Don Miguel Ruiz
If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. – Nora Roberts
Jump. The universe will catch you. – Unknown
Time doesn’t do the healing. You do. – Danielle Laporte
Jenny A. Pulido is the founder and owner of A Polished Life, a marketing and communications agency catering to light workers, spiritualists and holistic healing practitioners. She is also the co-creator and producer of “Wombyn Resurrected,” a workshop series for women looking to reconnect with the divine feminine.