weight loss journey

Why I Quit My Job For A Check Off My Bucket List

I made the decision to quit my job in the middle of a date. 

It was November and the weather was just starting to change, an inescapable reminder that another winter was on it's way. As we sipped red wine and laughed over dinner, we talked about all the things we wanted to do with our lives. 

After coming from a lifetime of making excuses, my list was long. Ever since I was a kid, I've always put off experiences because of my weight. I wanted to do all those things, but not until I was thinner. Then, when I was diagnosed with MS, that only fueled my excuses. I was happy enough in my day to day routine that I didn't think about all that I was missing.

But eventually, the decline of my health made me hate my daily experience and all I could think about was what I was missing. 

Then, in 2014, I ran out of time. With years of severe chronic pain and a new cane in my hand, I knew that later was quickly becoming never and the sicker I allowed myself to become, the less I'd be able to do. 

From that summer forward, I put all my energy into healing myself and it worked! I lost the weight, ditched the cane, and I went back to work full time. 

I felt like I was on top of the world... except I wasn't. I'd put in more heart and soul than I knew possible to heal my body and the idea that I did all that to work just so I could sit behind a desk seemed preposterous! 

The lightheadedness from the wine kept me giggling, but our conversation felt heavy in my gut. My thoughts were racing and I couldn't stop thinking about how I was wasting time. How I could always get another job. How I needed to go enjoy my life, the life I'd worked so hard for. 

I knew, right there and then, that I was ready for something different. 

I couldn't keep myself together. I looked at him and said "I think I'm going to quit my job in January and go somewhere. Maybe South America." 

He immediately responded, "I absolutely think you should." 

It was the tiny bit of validation that I needed to lock in my decision. Now, I just needed to tell everyone else. 

Visiting Machu Picchu in March 2016

Visiting Machu Picchu in March 2016

Quitting that job was the hardest thing I'd ever done. I loved my boss, my office, and my sweet parking spot right in the middle of Cambridge, but I knew that I needed to have an adventure. 

So I put in my notice and, the following January, I took off for Peru. 

Going on that trip alone was terrifying, nothing l'd ever done before, but at that time, it was the only thing that made sense. 

Life is short, but we make it feel impossibly long. The pain and suffering that came from living with morbid obesity and Multiple Sclerosis taught me that and I wanted, more than anything, to take advantage of the time I'd created for myself. 

I wanted to see the world, to push myself to new limits, to live my life, without waiting.

So, I did. And it was the best decision I ever made. 

For anyone reading this. I want to urge you to listen to your gut. To make decisions based on what would benefit your health and happiness. To stop waiting for the right time and to start experiencing what you want from life right now. Nothing is guaranteed, so what are you waiting for?

It's time to live your life, Without The Weight. 

With love & light,

Carolyn Rachel

Do I Deserve It?

Most of the parents I know do whatever they can to make the best life for their child.

They work crazy hard to make sure that kid has a better life than they did.

More opportunity, more success.

But if you think about it, that collective desire to enhance the experience for the next generation isn't something that comes from just our parents (or even grandparents).

This understanding has been passed down for the entirety of human kind and is part of our foundational make up.

It's amazing to think about.

Our entire family line has been working tirelessly for each new generation to have a better life.

Every new child pushes the next generation a little bit further and now, here you are, with all this opportunity and centuries of support from your ancestors.

After all their hard work,

Imagine if they heard you were filled with self doubt and insecurity.

Imagine if they knew you didn't go after your passion out of fear.

Imagine if they knew you didn't love yourself.

There has been a lot of time, energy and work put into creating a positive life for you.

Find gratitude in that and remember that you are absolutely capable of harnessing and manifesting that energy into a positive wonderful life filled with love, happiness, and success.

It is not about whether or not you deserve it, 

it's about whether or not you're willing to step out of your shame and into the power that has been building for you since the beginning of existence. 

What you do now is just the tip of the iceberg.

Love & light,

Carolyn Rachel