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I met Georgia Jans some years ago when she was in her corporate career. When I read her post (below) which was originally shared on Facebook on February 19th, 2021, I immediately thought that I would like to share it here as Georgia’s courage shines throughout. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.
In her own words …
Today marks 11 years since I left my corporate career. A whole decade! What a journey it has been!! I like to reflect on this day every year, as it reminds me of all I have done.
During the first 5 years, I did a number of finance contract roles, at a Not for Profit in the Mental Health space, at a Financial Services business, a Telecommunications start up and Australia Post corporate and they were all an experience and paid the bills but something was always missing. My heart felt empty. My light never truly shone at any of these places. I was doing but not being my true authentic self.
I also spent time traveling far and wide early on (that should be no surprise for a gypsy like me) and studying healing modalities and doing more spiritual learning. I’m an eternal student! Some of my favorite trips were to Tibet (including Mt Everest Base Camp), the Northern Territory and Palm Cove in tropical, northern Australia and more recently, Egypt. I met so many amazing people throughout and reconnected with eternal parts of me. My landscape truly has become wider and richer.
I know that being of service to others … is what I do best … and what makes me shine ever so bright. It’s what I was born to do. My calling.
I have also spent the last 6 years caring for my mother (full time and now live-in) who has Alzheimer’s. This is the toughest one by far! And again, it’s teaching me much. So much. About love and life. Family. Self care. And myself. Precious moments! While my physical body may be exhausted, I’m proud of all I’ve done and continue to, of who I am, under some extremely challenging circumstances. The last 12 months with all the COVID complexities have really tested me.
I know that being of service to others, through inspiring others, facilitating healing and therapy, motivating others is what I do best and what comes naturally to me. Helping others to raise their own vibration. It’s what I love to do and what makes me shine ever so bright. It’s what I was born to do. My calling.
And so, while I balance caring for my mother along with being of service, and sometimes, as it must, the balance leans more in favour of caring for my mother, I continue on this path. I ask myself, would I return to the Corporate world and I am clear I wouldn’t. I’m a different person than the woman who left 11 years ago.
I still have dreams … things I would love to do, places I would love to visit (I’m dreaming of laying on the beach in tropical Palm Cove right now) … and I’ll pick those up again, once the current chapter closes. My focus right now is on being there for my darling mother, as she approaches the end of this earthly life. It’s a very delicate time which I will honour to the best of my abilities.
It took a lot of courage to leave a successful 20 year corporate career but I’ve always been one to be bold. Life is for living, exploring, being, getting out there and meeting new people. Making a difference, whether that be to one person, a community or greater. While I may not be as financially comfortable as I would be had I stayed in corporate, my soul feels free, alive, soaring, and is smiling at me! And that’s something! I feel I made the right decision. I truly am excited about the future and where it will take me, once I’ve honored my body’s need for deep rest.
It took a lot of courage to leave a successful 20 year corporate career but I’ve always been one to be bold. Life is for living, exploring, being, getting out there and meeting new people.
I hope that in reading this, I may inspire even one person to follow their heart or soul’s calling, even if it’s a whisper right now. Even if it may seem crazy to everyone but you. Even if you are afraid. Take that first step. Each step will be revealed with time. You will learn so much about yourself in the process and inspire others who are watching from the sidelines. Believe in yourself!
With a full heart for all I’ve experienced (the good and not so good!) and deeply grateful to all who have crossed my path and helped me realise more of who I am, Georgia
If you would like to connect further with Georgia, her details are as follows:
- m. +61 419 004 783
- e. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful that Georgia has shared her story with me and with you. We know that people are inspired to courage on hearing the courageous stories of others and Georgia’s story is is truly courageous and inspiring.