Speak from your heart
I admit that it took a few drafts and a couple frustrated grunts for me to really let go and speak from the heart. Earlier versions of this felt forced and robotic. But how often do we do this? We say things we think the other person wants to hear instead of trusting that the right words will flow out when we mean what we say and say how we feel.
Writing this letter was a journey in itself. It forced me to confront what I really wanted and why. Most importantly, it forced me to choose myself. The intention isn’t to be selfish and arrogant. But I realize that you have to choose yourself before others could choose you. Because when I choose myself, I’m able to share my whole authentic self with others. I’m able to be fully present in life because I’m not looking for validations of my self-worth.
I’m here to share my first step with you on the journey towards building a new life in New York. I hope that you’ll join me and support me along the way :)
Pursuing new opportunities in New York, NY
The reason why I’m putting down roots in New York: I want to surrounded myself with people who gives me energy to dream and the fire to persist.
I’ve recently left StartSomeGood — the startup I’ve helped build for 1.5 years — to pursue new opportunities for personal and professional growth. I’m incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to help many social entrepreneurs bring their projects into reality and make tangible social impact around the world. I learned a lot, but I felt it was time to leap outside my comfort zone once again.
My focus is still on figuring out how to make social enterprises more viable — how to scale both impact and business — though I felt that there were other unexplored angles to achieve this. The quest hasn’t stopped; It just needed a fresh perspective.
I believe that all businesses could become impact businesses. Although I don’t know which roads lead to that vision, I’m committed to figuring that out. Based on my recent trip to New York, I already felt that I’ve made the right decision to pursue a new life there. The people that I’ve met and the visions they are pursuing have expanded my horizons and allowed me to dream again.
But dreams without actions are just that: Dreams. While I don’t yet know how to best contribute to building viable businesses that also work towards a mission bigger than themselves, I hope to learn from heart-centered leaders that do. I’d be incredibly grateful if someone took a chance on me to show me the ropes. My other goal is to intentionally connect with innovative thinkers, entrepreneurs, designers, writers, and investors so that we could collaborate together and grow a community.
For now, my stay in New York is limited to one month. I intend to stay longer so that I could put my roots down. To make this city my new home, I’m looking to help startups with their content marketing. I’d appreciate the connection if you know someone who is already doing that. I’m taking on a new career direction so there’s plenty to learn!
I feel alive and invigorated when I’m able to experiment from multiple angles and cross-pollinate meaningful stories that build community. I feel expansive when I absorb and synthesize seemingly disparate ideas to create experiences that connect people together. There’s power in words, and I’m fascinated by how just a few words have the ability to shift a perspective completely.
You have to decide that it’s going to happen
Sometimes, it’s hard for me to trust myself and the Universe that everything will be okay. It has been a struggle to balance planning with letting things happen; It feels unnatural to trust the process. But I’ve learned that paying close attention to ephemeral opportunities will reveal doors that were previously hidden.
I believe that when you set the intention, reveal your authentic self, and seek to add value without expecting anything in return, the right people and opportunities will enter your life. I can already feel that this is happening in New York.
The fear of failure is present in all of us. I know it held me back from pursuing things that I care about the most. At best, we default to the safe path because it’s more practical. We give up on ourselves because it’s not what we “should” be doing.
I don’t yet know how everything will play out in NY, or even if I’ll be able to stay past a month, but perhaps this is an exercise in listening — really listening — to what your heart is telling you and leading you. The right answer is always within you.
After all, don’t we all want to do things that make us come alive?