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A blog chronicling the up's and down's, trials and tribulations, fear and happiness of moving your life from the expected 9-to-5 job to a life of consulting. While it is a big and often scary decision, it is a time of discovery, rejuvenation and introspection that will help you remember who you are and who you were supposed to be. It's a wonderful journey.

Thanksgiving Gratitude:

2015, A Most Amazing Year

The strength to give up the expected did not come easily. The ambition inside was brimming. The courage to make the leap came at a time of deep distress. The emotions were roiling and in confusion, I decided it was finally time. You aren’t supposed to make decisions when you are too happy or too sad. But I made this one – the start of a new life and a new business- in less than happy moments.

Helen Keller is purported to have once said, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” This Thanksgiving, I am grateful, in some odd way, for a very hard 2015. So many hallmark moments: my husband hospitalized; my son in trauma; my father passed away; my mother left alone and injured from an accident. Yet in the midst of all this turmoil, I decided life was too short. Indeed it is.

In gratitude, I want to thank my friends and family for the tremendous support I have received in this new journey. Without their strength, my own would have waivered. Without their urging to persevere, I would have faltered. The constant positive reinforcement is most appreciated.

I also need to thank my first clients who took the chance with me. It has been a wonderful couple of months working with Brown University, UC Davis, University of Chicago and New Mexico State and others. Each of you has challenged me differently, and I have loved using my mind and experience in my work.

I could not have pursued this dream as well without my faith. There is a line from Casting Crown’s most beautiful, perfect song, “Just Be Held,” that says, “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place.” I believe that is the sum total of my 2015. I am grateful to God for the blessings he has bestowed on my family and myself, in the midst of so much loss and pain.

I also want to thank the generous consultants who have helped me learn how to be on my own. From insurance to retirement savings to setting up my LLC to helping me with RFPs to connecting me with others in the business – you are so wonderful. Thank you for helping me learn to be a real consultant.

In this season of mindfulness, family, love and slowing down a bit, I just wanted my moment to acknowledge that out of a very hard year, a wonderful thing has begun in my life. And it has happened with your support. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving.

Life Without Gravity