26 Apr Kelly Elizabeth Scott – She is taking a leap of faith
We’re super inspired by this woman and her courage to take a leap!
“At the age of 24, I felt called to take a huge leap of faith and step face first into the unknown. For a girl who loved guarantees, sure bets, and stability almost as much as she loved French fries, this was quite the challenge…
It all started when I was almost three years out of college and two years into my first full-time job as a System’s Engineer for the Department of the Navy.
To give you a glimpse into what life was like for me then, imagine sitting in your office chair and taking one final sip of coffee before opening up your email and diving into your tasking for the day. You’re 24 years old and working the dream job you’ve been thinking about for the last 4 years while studying Mathematics in college. You work from home three days a week, have the greatest supervisor you could ask for, and enjoy the best benefits available to anyone outside of Congress. You’re at a job you could have for life, never having to worry about another economic recession ever again.
You’re thinking you have it made, right?
In March of 2015, I resigned my position for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic and, in April of 2015, I took a $75,000 pay cut to become a full-time entrepreneur.
Despite the benefits that came with my job, I just couldn’t shake the pit in my stomach I felt when wondering, “Is this it? Am I going to spend the rest of my working career counting down the days to retirement?”
Yes, I had what I thought was my dream job: great pay, an empowering boss, awesome coworkers, stable benefits, and the ability to work from home three days a week. But, I also had a deep desire for change. I wanted a greater sense of passion, excitement, and thrill and I had this deep belief that I was created for something else.
For one of the first times in my life, I trusted myself, and God, more than anyone else. I trusted the clarity I had more than I listened to the fear of the unknown. For one of the first times in my life, absolutely everything was uncertain and I couldn’t be more excited.
When I officially resigned and let my coworkers know, I was surprised about the feedback I got. I expected most to be completely baffled by my decision. Instead, this is what I heard:
“I wish I would have done that.”
“I’m so glad you’re going for it now.”
“It’s the best time to take this leap.”
“I’m jealous in the best kind of way.”
“You have some serious courage.”
Courage? I’d never associated the word courage with myself before this moment, but, when I thought about it, deciding to chase my big, beautiful dreams was the craziest, boldest, most thrilling thing I’d ever done. I was totally terrified, but somehow just as excited. I smiled the same ear-to-ear smile no matter if I was talking about what I was going to do or the fear I felt about actually doing it. I felt completely grounded in the decision I was making and trusted that God had a plan in store for me, even if I couldn’t see it.
I felt alive: a pure thrill & excitement, a constant hint of discomfort, a weird comfort in the unknown, and pure passion in my bones.
Now, taking this massive leap of faith was the first time I felt alive: like I was finally on the road to leaving the footprint I wanted to leave in the world. But, I’m so grateful it wasn’t the last.
I feel this aliveness, this passion, each time I stand firm in my value, loud in my voice, tall in my story, and strong in my why. Each time I embrace my big, beautiful dreams, become a voice for my message, and stand up for what I want and who I am. Each time I put my thoughts, ideas, and visions out there to make a difference, create an impact, and leave a footprint.”
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