23 Ways My Life Has Changed Since Leaving My Job and Following My Dream

As I approach my 36th birthday, I am in major reflection mode and thinking a lot about the past year. I walked away from my career at MTV in the end of 2014 to pursue my dream of being an author and life coach and running The Champagne Diet brand full-time. I did it scared. I did it excited. I did it with no promise of outcome, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

But it was not an easy decision to arrive at. In fact, it was painstaking. I spent many nights curled up to one too many glasses of Pinot Noir, stressing over every detail, crying, panicking, and soul searching. I was leaving a career I had poured 8 years into, at one of the top media companies in the world. I was leaving a 401k, a 6-figure salary, and a yearly bonus. I was leaving my “looks great on paper” life.

Have you ever agonized over making a huge change in your life? Has your mind ever started spinning with toxic thoughts? What if it doesn’t work? What if I fail? What if I embarrass myself? It’s natural, and it happens to most of us. We begin to drown in our fears and before we even take a step toward that change, we’ve talked ourselves out of it. We rarely think about the positive. We rarely think about the good things that might happen if we pull that trigger.

We rarely think that making that change could drastically improve our lives.

I practice gratitude daily and no matter what is going on, I can always rattle off a list of things I am thankful for to bring me back to my center. The list seems to get longer by the day (another thing I am grateful for). So many of these things have happened for me since leaving my job and pursuing my dream, so I thought I’d share them here in the hopes that maybe they will inspire you to pursue your dream, too. Because when we choose to look at what is possible for us, we reshape our destiny. When we choose to focus on the success stories rather than the scary stories, we shift our mindset. And we begin to realize that the only thing standing in our way are our thoughts.

So here is a list of 23 ways my life has changed since leaving my comfort zone and following my dream:

  • I lost 25 pounds
  • I finally dyed my hair platinum blonde (I wanted to do it for years)
  • I’ve completed 200 SoulCycle rides (!!)
  • I am in the best shape of my life to date
  • I published my 4th book and it was a huge success (my books are now my main income source)
  • I’ve appeared on television over 10 times
  • I sleep 8-9 peaceful hours a night and wake up without an alarm
  • I stopped mindlessly eating
  • I cook all of my meals and get to be healthy every day
  • I moved into a beautiful, spacious, new apartment
  • I get to spend a ton of time with my mom
  • I went back to Japan and did a talk at the American Chamber of Commerce
  • I have partnered with brands like Macy’s and Kate Spade
  • I was named one of YFS Magazines 10 Women Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You
  • I’ve been more creative than ever and reconnected with my passion for blogging
  • I completely changed my relationship with alcohol
  • I ditched my 1.5 hour morning commute that was more stressful than my job
  • I’ve cultivated my own personal spirituality and relationship with The Universe
  • I am planning 2 new tattoos (I used to hide mine at my corporate job)
  • I’ve created my own signature style I call “Luxe Leisure” (aka sneakers and yoga pants paired with my designer purses – comfortable yet chic!)
  • Speaking of, I treated myself to a Celine and a Chanel bag (paid for in cash. Boom!)
  • I’ve created a high-end morning routine that grounds me and inspires my day
  • I have more time to nurture my friendships and spend time with the people I care about

 

New hair!
Books and bags
My talk in Tokyo!
Macy's event
On Pix11 Morning News in New York City
Kate Spade event!
 

One very important thing I want to mention is that things in my life are nowhere near perfect. I realize that curating a list like this may look as though every last duck is in a row and I have rainbows shooting out of my eyeballs at all times. Not true! I’ve experienced a lot this past year, including disappointment, heartbreak, stress, and rejection. But I choose not to dwell in those things, because there is just so much more to be happy about.

I also want to stress that every single thing on this list felt like a far off fantasy to me at some point. I knew they might happen for me somewhere down the line, but they did not feel tangible. At all.

So wherever you are today, know that the only thing separating you from your dream life is the illusion that you can’t have it. Make a list of your own and imagine 23 things you want to manifest. Act as if those things have already happened. Give thanks for them. Feel as if they are yours.

You will be surprised at how quickly they start to appear.

With love (and wishful thinking),
Cara

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