To stretching past the point of fear and saying goodbye to sexual assault kits...

I'm embarrassed to say that the same woman who screamed consistency at the start of this year fell short when it came to this blog. I've taken a summer break if you will, but change has given me a new perspective and I'm excited to continue this journey with you all.

In short, over the past few months I've completed yoga teacher training, chopped my hair, left my job as a forensic scientist to go into scientific research, and I've just been out here living.

Truth is change is scary. I knew this year was going to be transformative at the start, and the confidence I've gained over the past few months has allowed me to thoroughly examine both my personal and professional needs and desires. 

What can you change?

A question I posed to myself in the shower after a sweaty yoga sesh. There is where I get my frustrations out. Where I answer the tough questions. Where I'm alone with my own thoughts under the warmth of the water and exposed. 

It was simple. My job. Though I loved that I was making a difference through the application of science to civil and criminal law, something had to change.

Do know that it was far from an impulsive decision, but instead one that was prayed upon and considered for over four months. 

Back in YTT I was faced with a message in the reading "Wherever You Go There You Are"

There can be no resolution leading to growth until the present situation has been faced completely and you have opened to it with mindfulness, allowing the roughness of the situation itself to sand down your own rough edges. 
— Jon Kabat-Zinn

I had to be certain that I wasn't running, but instead, acknowledging that it was time to transition.

Deciding to leave the crime lab was a hard one. A competitive career that most just get to where they're going and stay because chances of finding another is not worth the trouble or time. But truthfully, I got to a point where the stress of working 14 hour days here and there, constantly taking work home, and trying to meet monthly deadlines was no longer worth it. So I leaped.

Who's to say I won't end up in a crime lab again but I know that in this season of my life I needed change and I'm so glad I stretched past the fear of the unknown and landed in a place that I know will only allow me to grow and further advance within my career. 

That leads me to ask:

What are you still putting off? 

What is that one thing your gut is telling you to do but you've failed to make any movements towards?

As the 4th quarter of 2017 has just begun, there's still time to achieve everything you planned at the start of this year.

Take a moment to take inventory and see what adjustments you need to make in order to make your goals, plans, and dreams a reality. Stretch past the point of fear and just do it!

xo Vanessa Michele

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Vanessa.Michele | Christian. Writer. Content Creator. Giver of Love. Collector of Quotes. Yoga Enthusiast. Scientist by day. Welcome to my life!