Transitions | The Three Year Hiatus Is Over

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It’s official.  After a three year hiatus from my day job as an insurance broker, I’m going back to work.

This wasn’t something I planned.  It just fell into my lap after a quick series of blessings from the universe which wrapped up everything that had been suspended in mid-air since I left my last job.

Just the idea of having to go to work every day has already made one thing happen.

It has brought back my sense of efficiency.

Bing, bang, boom – the second I knew I was going to agree to accept the job, the signs from the universe glaringly obvious that this was an important choice and now was not the time to go all free will on it, I started snapping to, cleaning up, filing papers, making appointments, and generally getting back on the stick.

I think this is the idea.

Nothing like a little time crunch to make one get going.  Sometimes “all the time in the world” is way too much time,

Sure, I really had three jobs – I worked for my husband, I worked at A Clear Sign doing intuitive readings, and I took care of the myriad things that a house, two little kids, and far too many pets require.  It’s not like I’ve rested.  I always had “way too much to do.”

It is one of life’s great ironies that after three years of disuse I just moved all of my suits and heels out of my closet and into storage, deeming them a useless waste of space.

It was like last week when my son suddenly started to capture bugs in Tupperware, thereby killing them.  I went in search of the kid bug trapping gun – finally a chance to use it! – and the batteries has rotted it from the inside out, rendering it useless.

Now I find myself with just a couple of weeks to organize myself (seems the suits have magically shrunk these last few years whilst hanging in my closet, hmmm), husband’s business records, and children’s schedules to hand them over to someone else to try to manage.

How do you handle transitions from one phase of your life to another?  Is it graceful or do you kick and scream your way through until you make peace with it?

I was just as surprised to find that suddenly everyone wanted to hire me as I was on the day I was unhired three years ago and set out into The Land of What Now.

I had some warning this would happen (spiritually speaking, not “obvious evidence” speaking).  I kept pulling a Tarot card that said I was in for a long rest.

That rest wasn’t a couple of weeks of needed vacation, it was over three years of spiritual pursuit.

Apparently I learned what I was supposed to learn for now, because since May everything happened quickly and furiously, one major thing after the other, and the signs were crystal clear.

You know the 5 stages of grief made famous by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance?  When you’re faced with the reality of death or some other undesirable fate like a divorce or a job loss,  you go through them.  Eventually you adjust and fall into a different pattern.  Then when things transition again, you can experience some or all of them once more.

Back then, my identity as the family breadwinner was o-v-e-r.  It didn’t matter that I’d done it forever, and that I always expected to be able to do it.  I couldn’t get a job bagging groceries.  Pinky swear.

I had other work to do, I just didn’t know it.

And so I began a path of doing this work, writing about intuition, signs and synchronicity and doing readings for people as well as intuitive development training and mediumship.  You might think that was a 180 but it was what I was drawn to do, and I was good at it.  It came to me right away.  I didn’t have to study it for 25 years – it was just “there” one day, as if it had always been waiting (it probably had).

“You Can Manifest Anything” Just Isn’t In The Cards

They say you can manifest anything, but I don’t believe that.  It seems to me that we follow our paths and there is some element of Fate involved, with restrictions as to what we can accomplish while we go around exercising our free will.

Not everyone who sings in the shower will make a living with a band, and those who become rock stars are few and far between.  Some people are truly meant for greatness, if what you consider greatness is fame -which I don’t, although I am really glad they made the music they did for all of us to enjoy!  If you think about most of the musicians and singers you’ve heard of, they do have their stories, don’t they?  And a lot of them are dead far before what they probably hoped was their time.

Do you REALLY think you can manifest, be and do, ANYTHING?

Can you be a surgeon?  A mime? A car mechanic?

Do you even want to?

Probably not.  There are things that are for you and things that are not in your life’s plan.  We realistically figure out what those things are, and move toward our joy.  We know it when we feel it.

My point is, sometimes we do what we do for the sheer love of it – and in that action we serve ourselves and others benefit.

Your moral compass will pop up and bang you on the head if what you’re doing is too sleazy for your soul.  You set your bar for what you can live with and what you cannot.

While I was surprised that all of this action transpired when it did, I realized that it was completely necessary even if it turns out to be temporary.

Making Choices Or Following Intuitive Guidance?  Or Is It All The Same Thing Sometimes?

I asked my guides to chime in and show me why going back to work was the wrong choice.

Know what I heard?  Crickets.

I don’t operate in the world the same way I did before my hiatus.

I will take you with me on my new journey.  You KNOW there are going to be some lessons in this!

Yes I did take down all of my Intuitive Services, except for the Psychic Sparks program, because I won’t have time to breathe let alone do intuitive readings!

You never know when your time to transition will be upon YOU.  Expect the unexpected, because things are really shaking up right now.

Who knows, maybe later on I will morph into the healer everyone keeps telling me I am.

I started this part of the journey to learn how to connect to my own spiritual team.  I felt in my heart that the lessons were more my own, and that whoever needed to come with me, whoever I was supposed to touch or help, whoever was on a similar path, would show up here.  That would be you.  So thanks for showing up and supporting me.

All I know is, the story is far from over and the goat’s still here.  So stay with me.

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  1. Hi Julie,

    I wish you the best in your transition. Armed with your intuition and Guide team, you will be a force to be reckoned with on the job.
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  2. Wow… Honestly this isn’t what I was expecting to read tonight. I’m still gathering my thoughts about it, because more than you know, Julie, as I have followed your blog and taken your advice to heart, much of what you have gone through in this period of time, I have also. So often I have felt you were speaking directly to me because it all hit home.
    First, I want to congratulate you, but not for the obvious reasons. I feel that you have been fretting unconsciously about this for quite some time, and you sound in your words tonight as if you have a feeling of peace about it. This is what I celebrate for you. (Oh, and I know what you mean in regard to having just packed up the suits: it’s almost like some sort of unjinx thing going on, akin to washing your car if you want it to rain…)
    It’s good to go into it with an open mind, and especially to understand that nothing is written in stone; going back into this may be long term or temporary, but it is more your attitude and response to what is placed before you. And I know the extra money sure helps out when you have a family, pets, and a mortgage.
    I can’t tell you enough how much your wisdom has meant to me during the last year or so. I have learned so much and my eyes, heart, and spirit have been opened and enlightened. You are by far my favorite blogger and intuitive. I was relieved to read that you’re not giving all of this up but I understand the need to find balance also.
    You have said in so many words that the right people and the right wisdom will come to us when we are ready to receive it. You also said that you felt the right people would be brought to you when the time was right. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get a reading from you (my first ever!) when I did. So much of it was uncannily right on, and the rest seems to be unfolding beautifully more and more with every day.
    Thank you so much–for all that you do and all that you are. You’ve been such a blessing to so many, and I know that in whatever situation or environment you are in, that same energy will continue to be a blessing to others. I wish you every happiness on this journey!

    • Hi Ayla, That was beautiful and I thank you so much for saying everything you did.

      I like to share the truth of what’s really going on, as much as I think I reasonably can. There are intuitive friends of mine who I was so disappointed to hear went back to their day job. You want to say,”But you are so much better in intuitive work!” They sometimes don’t even tell their audience that they’ve done it, but you can tell there is something off because the tone of the blog changes or they just can’t be around as much, and I find myself wondering what’s going on until I eventually find out. I think we have to remember that we are always exactly where we are supposed to be and there is purpose behind everything. You never know exactly WHY until it all comes into being and you can look back and see it all made sense.

      All I can tell you was that this was clearly purposeful and orchestrated…so no matter what happens beyond the ability to pay the rent (which, let’s face it, is most definitely a necessity!), I am good with it.

  3. What a surprise!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what direction your blog goes; what lessons come forth. Hope the transition back to working outside the home goes as smoothly as possible.

    Right now, I seem to be in a bit of a lull, with no big drive in any particular direction, other than being Mom to my son and trying to keep up with our yard work (things here in WA grow crazy fast).
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    • Hi Susan, I know, it surprised me more! I was most definitely in a lull before this all came about, so much so that I really didn’t think anything was ever going to change (in a way, you know what I mean). You could use a rest after everything that’s happened this past year but you’ll be coming back strong.

  4. Best of luck Julie 🙂

  5. Anne McCarroll says:

    You go girl! You’ve got the force on your side and you may just clean some insurance
    Can’t wait to read about this new phase – and all it will hold. That environment may just be so transparent now – and you may really heal others while you are there. This might be healing work pt II – surely you know your work as a healer has already been going on?!

    • Hi Anne, Thanks for the cheerleading 🙂

      Uh, it has?? Well maybe so in terms of what comes out of readings or just reading the blog, but I guess either way I can’t take credit since it’s your work/all through source anyway!

      It kind of cracks me up how many people have made the comment that I can do healing work at a day job. I guess this time around it will be my turn to see if and how the two can be married. I must lack imagination in that department!

  6. MonicaMonica says:

    Congrats on your new chapter! I am sad that I will not get to treat myself to that birthday reading in December with you. Was looking forward to learning about how strong my spiritual team is (even though I feel like I’m talking to myself). I hope I get my next chapter sometime too, like you. Till then, I’m just waiting and going through the motions of trying to get better. I keep pulling a job card and interested to know how things will turn out or what it will be because I am torn with doing something totally new and something that I used to do. I agree that whatever life brings you is meant to be, no matter how hard you try to fight it. I continue to look forward to your postings and stories. I will stay with you.

    • Hi Monica, Well don’t count me out for a reading just yet. Who knows where we will all be in December?? As I get settled in I may be less busy than anticipated, and have time again for readings or another special event. One never knows.

      Thank you for sticking with me 🙂 I expect this next phase to be far more entertaining than the last 3 years.

  7. Something tells me you are going to enjoy this phase tremendously and then, one day, your job and your psychic abilities will blend into the perfect vocation – which will come to you just as being a healer did.

    I wish you success. Just take good care of your health! Hugs! You already know you are in my prayers every morning.
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    • Vidya, Being in your prayers every morning is a powerful thing, I see! 🙂 You have no idea how much that means to me.

      Thank you for the hugs and good wishes. I promise I am working on improving my health and I won’t let this make me crazy.

  8. So that’s the news! Huh!!! Well, if this is what you want then I’m happy for you Julie!

    I can’t imagine anyone wanting to go back to a day job. Okay, I’ve worked for someone my entire working life so when I made that choice to walk away for good it was for good. I know most people who lose their jobs never really had that in mind and there are actually people out there that want to work for someone else.

    I just know that if you’re happy about it, and it sounds like you are, then that’s what needs to happen.

    I do believe that to an extent people can manifest anything. But I also believe like you said, if you want to be a singer and you can’t sing then just give it up already. Miracles happen and I’m not doubting that they can but more then likely you weren’t put on this earth for that reason. I still have dreams for bigger things and I know deep down in my heart they will happen so I’m not giving up. If that’s manifesting then so be it but either way it’s going to happen. lol…

    Thanks for sharing this with us Julie and I’m happy for you, really! I hope you’ll try to drop us a note every now and then here because like you said, you’re busy enough with what you have going now and top that off with a day job and it’s going to get super crazy!

    Good luck young lady!

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    • Hi Adrienne, Did I throw you with this news?! lol!

      Don’t worry, I am not leaving blogging! I love to write and to hear back from readers.

      I think I just needed the income, truly. The stars aligned, and this is the way it’s going to come in for a while. Raising a family of four is expensive stuff. When we moved here 8 years ago we were absolutely flush, but losing my income for three years decimated us financially. I think I figured I would have to do something like 900 readings a year to replace it!! That is way beyond my energetic abilities, I would go bonkers 🙂 This job is just what the doctor ordered – I am not going back to my “career” where there is a ton of overtime etc.

      If I am meant to do intuitive work then you know what’ll happen – I’ll be right back to doing it in some other way, later on down the road. Just like your bigger dreams, sometimes we get to them but just not right now.

      Thanks for your support!

  9. Hi Julie

    Well, that is a surprise! How is the goat going to manage without you! LOL

    I am glad I am in the position to not have to go back to a job. Sure I could definitely use the extra bucks, but since the “wolves” are not biting me in the butt right now I am okay. The economy really messed up a lot of plans and you never know if this is the way it is supposed to be. But I think things are turning around here on the home front and may be everything will become crystal clear as to where I am supposed to be headed.

    If, and I guess I do believe, that things happen for a reason, then I shall just trust I am on the right path.

    It sounds like you are really looking forward to this new position. Going with a new outlook could transform whatever was amiss before. Having that time away can change so many things and I am sure you will be dynamite. Good luck.

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    • Hi Mary, That goat is going to be sad 🙂

      Yup, outlook is everything. I really did not like the atmosphere before – it was a very gossipy place and you can imagine how not fun that was with all the backstabbing and whispering. Ugh – could people not just come to work to work?! So this time I have a very different viewpoint going in, and I believe the people will be good to work for.

      Thanks for the luck, and right back atcha! If something big changes be sure to come back and let me know 🙂

  10. Hey Julie,

    Well, I think this is all perfectly fine. I’m of the opinion that you can be spiritual while doing absolutely ANYTHING, if you do it from a spiritual frame of mind. And of course you can be healing at a day job! You heal everyone that you show a kindness to, or use your intuition or other skills to help.

    I don’t think it’s so important what you do for a living – it’s more important that you know what your abilities are at the soul level, and I think you’re definitely a lot closer to that place now, as am I.

    I think I could happily go back to a day job too if I needed to (which I might at some point), because I know who I am ASIDE from the day job now, if you know what I mean.

    Best of luck to you at the new place, and I too look forward to hearing about your adventures! 🙂
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    • Jenny, Why yes, I do know what you mean 🙂 But I didn’t know back then. I used to be very connected to the job as if it was an identity when obviously it is nothing of the kind. In retrospect I wonder why anyone would ever want that. I think my mind changed when I had my first child.

  11. Todd | Channelingmyself says:

    Hey Julie,

    Congrats on going back to work. You touched on something in this post that has always puzzled me. If we can manifest anything wouldn’t that interfere with our life plan if we chose to go off course? Or would are guides kind of keep us pointed in the right direction? Most of us will go through life having hopes and dreams and the majority of us will never see those come to fruition. Does that mean it was part of our life plan to desire and not see fulfilled or that we were kept from those plans by our guides so we would stay on course for our life plan?

    I really don’t expect anyone to truly know the answer to my questions but it is food for thought.
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    • Hi Todd, Well you don’t *have* to live your life plan, but if you do get too far off course it tends to be brought to your attention in a big way. However your free will can result in you rejecting it or failing to fulfill it. Still, you get lots of opportunities, reminders, and guidance, and to some degree there may be an element of negotiation or course change involved. Guides point you in the right direction and help lead you to your plan and soul, in a way. I doubt that we are meant to desire something that is unattainable, because we are here to learn, not suffer. Guides don’t keep us from things, I don’t think, it’s more like we set our course and they assist. That is my two cents.

  12. Well, well Julie…this is a turn up for the book. One thing I’ve learned in life is that the choices we make, the roads we follow, or don’t follow…they’re all part of the path. The path that is unique to each and every one of us. I wish you incredible joy and happiness and love and whatever else your heart desires on your new piece of the path.

    And phew, I’m happy to hear you’ll keep on blogging. I love coming over to read your about all the life experiences you’re having.

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  13. Hi Julie,

    I do believe that we absolutely manifest (make evident) everything before us, because if we did not exist to perceive it, it would not exist in Consciousness.. Of course it’s nearly impossible to dig deeply enough to find what’s intended every time, and it can be a very indirect process.

    However, I also believe that there are (rare) exceptions to free will; namely, the 5-6 Destiny Points that we each build into our life-map. We _will_ hit those one way or another, sooner or later. And if you think about the chain of events that would be needed to lead to a given Destiny Point, that process could be considered out of your control… except that you’re the one who set it up in the first place.

    Really hard to wriggle out of the game played properly. We are powerful.
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    • Hi Michael, Yup it is a wriggly philosophical thing to some extent. It’s all us, we set it up, we’re trying to get back to it, we’re all part of each other – whew, that made my head hurt 🙂 I feel like all roads lead to the same places, it’s just which detours might we choose, and within that there are things that are “for us that don’t go past us” (as Lindsay wrote in a recent post). However it really is, which I may never really come to know, I am working on enjoying it.

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