Support Melissa's Soul Journey to NYC
After 32 years of being rooted in Madison, WI, I am following the map of my soul to Brooklyn, NY. I am moving to NYC to take on my own wild frontiers. I'm taking on my life as an adventure and opening doors to conceive and birth dreams that I have yet to even fathom.
It's scary, and exciting, and inspiring and incredibly overwhelming. And as I take on a cost of living that is significantly higher than that of Madison, WI (roughly $1000-$1500 in order to rent a room), I am asking for your support in order to help me transition with ease.
I intend to raise $5000 to support me in covering my first couple months of expenses, including rent, security deposit and moving expenses. Any additional money will go into savings and will be utilized to support the continued growth of the transformational work that I do through my business.
Why make this move?
The truth is, I've played my life very safely up to this point. I have this amazing mom who has allowed me to live with her while I pursue my career as self-love coach, astrologer and singer-songwriter, and I've been terrified and doubting my capacity to support myself financially if I were to get my own place. And this past August, thanks to some amazing personal growth work (thank you Landmark Worldwide), I WOKE up and saw that I am capable and able of taking on the life I'm truly meant for, a life without limits, a life in which in which I can live wherever I want and love up the world in the process. And funny enough, now that I'm preparing to live in Brooklyn, getting an apartment in Madison feels like the easiest thing. EVER. Hahaha.
Inside of all of this here's what I know in my bones:
It's a part of the path of my soul to go through LOTS & LOTS of challenging experiences so that I can know what it is to be truly heartbroken, to nearly fail, to have doubts--to have true empathy for the fear of not being a success. I am very aware that I am consciously choosing to take on this move to Brooklyn, NY for this very reason--this move is just one of many choices I've made over the course of my life to expand my edges and discover what is truly possible for me...and for you.
It is for this choice to take on my dreams with such vigor, to thrust myself into the unknown murky waters of transformation that I am so brilliant at what I do. Through my Soul-Mapping work, I am able to hold up a mirror for my clients to see ALL of who they are and the sacred gifts they are here to offer, and the actions they can take that are truly in alignment with their soul's purpose. I create an experience of deep clarity, of beauty, of understanding--and I do it all with a great amount of empathy and gentleness because I continually choose to walk WAY outside of my comfort zone again and again. And 'm SO grateful to my sweet soul for the choice to live THIS life, to take THESE risks. And on the days where life feels unbearably hard for me, which is often, right now, I love to come back to that reminder: Oh yeah. I chose this. I'm here to serve, and this path I am on is the perfect curriculum for RADICAL service.
And I was born to serve others, to meet them exactly where they are, to support them as they unleash, to love them as they doubt themselves. I was born to get them and to help them gain access to ALL of who they are so that they can fall madly in love with themselves, pursue their dreams and create deep fulfillment in their lives and relationships.
And as I continue to dive into the depths of my own dreams in NYC, my capacity to hold space for you will only grow.
And so I am doing the SUPER vulnerable thing and choosing to open up and ask for your support and to allow myself to receive it. Will you help me as I follow the map of my soul to NYC, as I expand in my capacity to serve in ways that I cannot even yet imagine?
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting me in making this possible.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support in helping me make my move to NYC and also to give you an update as I mark the 6 month anniversary of living here.
Since moving to Brooklyn this past March, I have made many wonderful friends and found a beautiful place to live. My roommate, Craig, has been a God-send--his humor, wisdom and compassion have helped me to navigate one of the most difficult transitions of my life. Living with him has me often feel like I'm back in high school having sleep-overs with my best friend.
I knew that moving here would challenge me to grow in many ways, and is the case with growth, I've had to face many fears along the way. When I first arrived, I hit the ground running to grow my coaching practice and expand the reach of my work. What I did not expect is that I would reach a point come June of utter burnout--physically, mentally, emotionally. The pace of life here, the financial stress of this undertaking, partnered with jam-packed work schedule took me to a breaking point. I literally had to stop everything and "close up shop" for a little while. I deactivated Facebook and stopped marketing my business...and found myself not wanting to get out of bed very much in the midst of exhaustion and overwhelm. Growth can be, as it turns out, a very messy process.
By the end of June, I stumbled upon a part-time job as a hostess at the world-famous restaurant WD-50 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (my roommate works there, too, and yes, we manage to enjoy living AND working together. :) I'm slowly catching up on bills from my time of going inward--as I knew when moving here, this city is frickin' expensive compared to Madison! And yet, what is beginning to unfold here for me, through the magic of new connections and the aliveness of this city itself, continues to keep me here, despite current circumstances. I can't help but know in my heart that I will look back on this tenuous time with gratitude and nostalgia, someday and be amazed at my capacity to move through it.
One of the gifts of this time of stripping away what no longer works for me has been discovering what DOES light me up in the midst of it all. I have started busking with my guitar and ukulele in local subway stations, which is stretching my comfort zone in many ways (randomly singing in public without "permission" is definitely expanding my capacity for self-expression, for one thing.) I've also been opening myself to do in-person Soul-Purpose Astrology readings.
I want to acknowledge that I have yet to send rewards, schedule sessions, etc. I absolutely intend to honor my word in following through on those commitments. I have simply needed to listen to the calling of my heart with regard to the pace of fulfilling those rewards.
You are each such a blessing to me. Thank you for being in my corner.