What is your story (in a nut-shell)?
After spending almost a decade chasing “bad guys” in law enforcement, a family tragedy showed me how short life is and I knew I didn’t want to be a police officer forever. After three years of planning, I resigned from law enforcement in 2010 and went full time in my business.
I really believe we all have the power to design a life that we love. In what way did you design yours?
I love this question! I always say you have to create a vision for your life bigger than your fears. This is exactly what I did. I now call it the “Best Life” exercise in my business, but almost six years ago I wrote out exactly what I wanted my life to look like. I had no idea how I would make it a reality but kept taking action and moving forward in the direction of my dreams. It has been a six year journey and the road hasn’t been straight, but I can say that I am exactly where I set out to be.
Was there a point in time that you just *knew* it was time to move forward with your dream?
I knew for three years. I dreamed of the day I would walk out of the police department for the last time but had a financial goal I was aiming for before I took the big leap. I didn’t want to start a business and feel forced to make money my first year. When the city I worked for was trying to cut back on their budget and offered an incentive to leave, I knew it was my time. I was so scared and everyone thought I was crazy but I turned in my papers and never looked back.
In what way does your life match up with who you authentically are? (ie: What do you get to do in your life that you love because of the path that you chose)
My favorite thing in the world is people’s stories. I love to be inspired and connect. I am an Oprah junkie and now through teaching money, I get to connect with people on such a deep level (what’s more personal than money?), hear their story, and be a part of creating their best life. Sometimes I can’t believe this is what I get to do for a living! It is my life’s work.
As you moved forward, what kind of fears came up and how did you move through them?
Fear of failure. Fear that I wouldn’t make it and have to go back to law enforcement and hear everyone say “I told you so.” Fear that I didn’t have what it takes to run a business. Fear that I wasn’t good enough to be a thought leader in this field and actually change lives.
I realized that fear is always going to be there and I had to learn to dance with it and keep pushing forward. I’ve had moments where I’ve cried in the corner thinking, “What are you doing? Are you crazy?!” and then I remind myself that it’s not about me. It’s about the lives I’m supposed to touch by sharing my natural gifts and talents – creating freedom through money!
The best thing (in one word) about living an authentic life:
Best piece of advice for women who are craving a life of deeper purpose, meaning and happiness?
Create a vision for your life bigger than your fears and take action. Don’t just think about it. Write it out and next to each of your desires, write the action, big or small, you can take now to start moving in that direction.
Karie Hill is a Money + Life Stylist and Creator of the Date Your Dollars Method™. She specializes in money makeovers for women solopreneurs who want to ditch the headache, get organized, and create an abundant lifestyle and thriving business. You can find more about Karie and download her book, One Shift: 25 Powerful Lessons in Abundance, Hustle, and Happiness at http://kariehill.com.