Follow Your Heart

Each day my blog features a new quote that I have found to be inspiring. Today’s quote by Steve Jobs is especially meaningful to me.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

In thinking back over all the life-changing decisions I’ve made, the ones that always turned out to be the best, were the ones where I followed my heart and my intuition. As the quote implies, however, it does often take courage to follow this path.

In 1985 my husband and I divorced after 20 years of marriage and I had an strong intuition that I should move from my comfortable home in Wisconsin to the San Francisco Bay Area in California. The intuition would NOT go away. I had never been to California and all my friends and family really thought the idea was crazy. Why would I want to give up my nice house, good job and my wonderful support group to disrupt my life and the lives of my three children to move so far away? The only answer I could honestly give them was that my intuition was telling me this was the right thing for me to do at that time in my life.

So, I started making plans and everything magically started to fall into place. My house sold for the asking price within a week of putting it on the market. This in itself was a miracle as there were over 4700 houses on the market in our area that were NOT selling because the city’s major employer was laying off thousands of people. I easily sold all my furniture and other belongings that I was not going to bring with me. A friend who had moved to California a few years prior, found a place for me to sublet at a very reasonable price for 3 months while I got myself settled in my new location.

Within four months of setting my intention to move, I was on a plane to San Francisco with my three kids. A California relocation realtor contacted me before I left Wisconsin and with her expert help I was able to buy a 4 bedroom townhouse in the San Francisco East Bay that perfectly met my needs and my budget. (I’m still living in that house 26 years later.)

By following my heart and my intuition, I met my wonderful husband, Victor. My two daughters met their two wonderful husbands and have graced me with six awesome grandsons. I have met so many new friends who have enriched my life immeasurably. I have taken my life in a completely new direction that I know would not have happened if I had chosen to stay in my Wisconsin “comfort zone.” My heart and intuition knew what I truly wanted to become!

When the winds of change start wafting through your life, I encourage you to always follow your heart and intuition.

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