Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Making Big Leaps + My First Video Entry!

"Too late for second-guessing, too late to go back to sleep, it's time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap..." sings Elphaba in one of my favourite musicals, Wicked, moments before she breaks away from what is expected of her and starts to fly.

While things didn't go so well for her, there are many people out there who would tell you that their lives just wouldn't be as good now if they hadn't taken a big leap at some point in their past. You don't have to learn to actually fly and cast magic to shake things up. If you have a big career change, you're moving countries or there's a big shift coming up in your personal life, you might find yourself freaking out and wondering how to cope. Changes are scary.

I moved to Japan in 2010, having never visited the place before. Lots of people told me "I wish I could do something like that!" Less than two years later, I was moving to Prague (with the fiancé that I found in Japan, oh yes) with even less certainty - no job, no idea where I'd live, just a pocket full of dreams (well, and a little cash; it does help).

In my first ever VIDEO ENTRY I talk about making big leaps in your life. My video entries are delightfully named Tea with Gwynnie, because I'm so very British that I just can't resist sipping on a cup of tea while talking to you. Posting a video is a bit of a leap for me, too, as I cringe when I watch myself on camera... but I figured hey, I might as well see how it goes.

So, here it is... enjoy!

If you liked that, then check out my new Shine with Self-Confidence course! You'll learn how to find the courage to make big leaps, whether you're moving countries or changing your career path!


  1. I think what you say is very true about these big leaps in life.
    But also when making a leap, is it something new, or your original dream that you've been distracted from somewhere along the way!
    Knowing who your friends are to seek help from is also good. Some people in your life will always be more selfish and leas supportive whereas others will always have your best interests!

  2. Hi! I just found you on HerFuture (I'm Yancy Lael) and LOVE your blog! I'm adding it to my reader feed!

  3. Great post. Definitely agree about taking little steps and only focussing on one thing at a time. In my opinion, it's the fear of the unknown that can stop a lot of people from taking big leaps. When you don't know what your big decision is going to turn out like, it's easy to start thinking about all the 'what ifs?'. Before I moved to Japan, all sorts of ideas were going around my head. 'What if the kids don't like me or don't respect me? What if the teachers ignore me? What if my apartment is horrible? What if they make me teach everything on my own on my first day? What if I'm placed in the middle of nowhere with no English speakers?' etc etc etc. When you don't know what will happen, I think sometimes our minds just start to improvise and fill in the blanks and it can often be worst case scenario stuff! I kept trying to remind myself that all these what ifs hadn't actually happened. I could only rely on what has already happened. Worrying about things that haven't happened yet (and most likely won't) was a waste of energy. People about to take big leaps need to remind themselves that whilst they won't be able to control the outcome of every aspect of their decision, they can still influence how successful they are by focussing on their track record, research, preparation etc.