Why I Quit My Corporate Job to Become a Full-Time Tarot Professional

by Brigit on August 29, 2012 in Tarotpreneurs

My Tarot Office

A few weeks ago, I posted an update on Facebook to say that I had finally cut my tie to the corporate world. The response was amazing and I felt truly grateful for the wonderful words of support.

Given the response, I wanted to share with you my journey and my insights that lead to this decision. While it is a personal story and much longer than my other blog posts, I hope that it may inspire at least one person to make the Fool’s leap and become a Tarot professional too.

 

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good.

—Nina Simone, “Feeling Good”

On August 8, 2012, I decided to quit my corporate (six-figure income) job and become a full-time Tarot professional. Ahhh, liberation!

My Journey

Right throughout my life, I have always been academic- and career-focused.

I completed a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at one of the best Universities in Australia and then started my career as a business graduate in one of Australia’s largest companies. 18 months later, I returned to university to complete a Master of Human Resource Management, where I was awarded both the Highest Achieving Student for the Master of HRM program and the Dean’s Commendation for graduating in the top 5 percent of all business and economic graduates.

In addition to my first graduate role, I worked as a management consultant, travelling around Australia and even to Asia, working for a broad spectrum of clients and having an amazing time. I later left the consulting world to join another large corporate for several years.

And, right throughout my life, I have also read the Tarot cards.

As I was studying for my Bachelors degree, I was also studying the Tarot, practicing readings and learning HTML to create my own website. In 1999 I launched my first website where I offered inexpensive Tarot readings. It looked something like this:

first-tarot-website

UGH. I know.

And as I was writing employee engagement reports and advising companies on Human Resource strategy, I was also doing Tarot readings online.

For the first 10 years or so, Tarot was really a hobby – something I enjoyed doing as a creative outlet to my corporate work, but that didn’t really earn  me a living.

In 2009, my world changed again. I had my first child which also meant spending a lot of time at home. Not one to do ‘nothing’, I busily used any free time I had to learn more about SEO and Tarot, and began to grow my website even more, including (thank God) a redesign:

2010-tarot-website

Things started to happen! Visitor numbers increased and I was starting to really connect with more and more Tarot enthusiasts.

Then, at the start of 2011, I read Tim Ferriss’s “The 4 Hour Work Week”. It rocked my world!

4 Hour Work WeekI looked at my life in a completely different way, one where you didn’t live to work, but you worked to live. You decide what your dreams and goals are, how much money you need, and how you can do what you love doing to generate the money to support your goals. It isn’t about earning as much money possible. It’s about funding your dream goals.

After reading Tim Ferriss’s book, I started learning more and more about how I could turn my Tarot hobby into a business and how I could leverage more passive income (more about that later). As a family, we also set ourselves a ‘dream goal’ to live overseas for six months in 2012 (and that’s how this amazing trip to Spain has come about!). All inspired by Tim Ferriss’s book.

With another baby due in July 2011, I went on maternity leave from my corporate job and invested myself even more into my Tarot business. I launched The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Card Meanings only six weeks after Zara was born.

I also launched a new website design at the start of 2012 which now attracts over 70,000 visitors a month.

current-biddy-tarot-website

In March 2012 we bravely embarked on our six month trip to Spain. This trip has been largely an ‘experiment’… Can we ‘live the dream’ as a family overseas? Can we support our travel with online work? How much could Biddy Tarot grow… while travelling? And ultimately, could I quit my corporate job and set up as a true business owner, supporting my family with my income?

As the months passed by, the results were looking more and more promising. Our travels were going as well as could be expected for a young family, I was able to keep working while travelling and we were even paying off our mortgage at home!

But at the same time, I was becoming more and more jittery. I had set myself a monthly income goal that was required before I could well and truly quit my corporate job. And while each month I would hit those goals or exceed them, I was still petrified about making the final decision to quit.

I had in my head that I could still return to work three days a week, run my Tarot business, teach childbirth education classes and be a great mum, wife and friend – all to maximise my earning potential. I thought, “We have just got to earn as much money as possible while we can.” Plus, I didn’t want to through away all my years of academic and career investment by letting go of my corporate job.

On August 8, 2012, all that changed.

I finally woke up that morning and said to myself, “I am going to quit my corporate job and be a full-time Tarot professional.” It was one of the most liberating, yet very scary, moments in my life!

Knowing When is the Right Time

I don’t think there is ever a ‘perfect’ time for anything. There’s always some reason why you shouldn’t do what you want to do at any given point. But I suppose it is when the scales tip and it finally feels like there are enough factors in your favour for moving forward.

Here’s what convinced me that it was the right time to cut my corporate ties and invest purely in my Tarot business:

Synchronistic events

This is where the intuitive side of me comes into play! I started noticing more and more synchronistic events occurring around me that were telling me it was time to quit and focus on my business.

Here are just a few:

  • I listened to Theresa Reed’s (The Tarot Lady) podcast about building a Tarot business and took note when she said her Tarot and yoga income was enough to support the whole household
  • I had a dream where I was telling a dear friend that I had finally quit
  • I had one day of the most out-of-this-world earnings on Biddy Tarot and from there it continued to grow at a ridiculous rate. This was immediately after me questioning how much money we would need to earn for me to give up my corporate job… and then the Universe replied!
  • I had heard increasing reports that work had not changed at all since I had gone on leave a year ago
  • I received an email from my employer asking me to respond with whether or not I was returning to work
  • My Tarot readings on the topic went from mostly reversed cards to all upright cards
  • My husband read me the following quote by Steve Jobs about living your passion and doing what you truly love doing

“You’ve got to find what you love… Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is good work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do… Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Alone, they may seem relatively minor and inconsequential. At first, I ignored them, replacing them with more validation about why I needed to return to work.

But one morning I woke up (immediately after Mercury Retrograde had finished) and it felt like something had ‘popped’. “Right, I’m doing this.” Finally I paid attention to everything that had happened, and I listened.

Continued business growth

My business is continuing to grow, month by month, and with more projects either in the pipeline or in my head, the potential for further growth is very high. I think it’s very courageous for people to quit their day job and start a business. For me, I wanted to be sure that I already had a solid income before I made the switch.

My husband and I also worked out how much we would need to earn in order to meet our monthly living costs. That became my income goal which I had to consistently surpass in order to cut my tie to the corporate world. After several months of achieving and exceeding that goal, I felt like it was a pretty good sign that the success would continue.

A diversified income, both passive and active

I am in a good position now where my income is not just coming from a single source (e.g. online Tarot readings). The risk with a single-source income is that if, for whatever reason, sales began to decline for online Tarot readings, I would be left up the proverbial creek. Instead, I have multiple streams of income from multiple sources (Tarot readings, eBook, advertising, etc.). I am also in the planning stages for diversifying even more.

And note that I call myself a “Tarot Professional” in this post. I am not simply providing Tarot readings, but I am creating a business focused on Tarot.

What’s even better is that my income is a mix of passive and active income. Passive income is things like the eBooks and advertising where you don’t actually need to ‘do’ something to earn the money (that said, eBooks take a huge initial investment). Passive income is fundamental to a “live more, work less” lifestyle. It also means that you can invest time into things like blogging which don’t necessarily make any direct income.

Active income is where you are being paid for your time (e.g. Tarot readings, coaching, etc.). It’s work I love, but if this was something I wanted to grow, I need more ‘me’s’ to do it (which isn’t always possible!).

Life stage

I’m in my 30s with a husband, 1 year old and a 3 year old. It seems to be quite ‘normal’ for women to take a break from the workforce to look after their kids until school age. And rejoining the workforce a few years later (if that is what I decide to do) shouldn’t be an issue.

This is also a great time to take extended ‘holidays’ of 6 months or so overseas, before the girls get to school age. So it is highly likely we’ll do this Spain trip all over again in 2013. Knowing that I would only be in my corporate job until the next European Summer made me think I may as well just quit now, rather than in 5 months’ time.

Why I Quit a Six-Figure Corporate Job and Became a Tarot Reader

I am still finding it difficult to actually say it in words, that I was once a management consultant and now I’m a Tarot consultant. It’s not exactly the career progression path people expect.

And why would you leave behind a career that you had invested so much into and were doing so well in, to go and run a Tarot business?

I keep asking myself, “Have I just completely ‘flaked out’ and joined the airy-fairy crowd everyone seems to be afraid of? Have I just dumped all my corporate experience, reputation and education to go off and ‘join the circus’?” Am I being dreamy and unrealistic?

But what it comes down to is that I have had a significant mindset shift on a number of levels.

I have had to separate from the ‘normal’ way of seeing the world and think differently about my life and my priorities. I had to break free from the status quo.

Here’s why and how.

Freedom from the 9 to 5

Here’s a typical day during our travels in Spain:

  • 8am – Get up, have breakfast as a family
  • 9am – Work while Zara sleeps and hubby takes Chloe out for a play
  • 11am – Go out as a family to a new town, restaurant, the beach – wherever!
  • 2pm – Work while the girls have an afternoon sleep
  • 3.30pm – Go out to the park, the beach, the local tapas bar – wherever!
  • 7pm – Eat dinner together as a family and go through the bedtime routines
  • 9pm – Once the girls are in bed, do a little more work or watch some DVDs with hubby

If we want to go out for the whole day, I just do my work in the evening. Or, if I’m too tired or just want to relax, I don’t do any work at all for the day (although, I have to admit, this is rare!).

You might have even seen one of my many ‘offices’ in Spain:

my-tarot-office

All the while, meeting or exceeding my income goals that are required to support my family.

I can’t wait to bring this back to my life in Melbourne, too. Even better, my husband is not working so we will have seven days a week to be a family, not just the usual 2 weekend days.

A mobile income

We love to travel. But travel costs money, right? Well, what if you could earn while you travel? That’s the benefit of a mobile income!

This is one of the best things about my business – it is completely ‘location independent’. I don’t have to be in a specific location (so long as it has internet) to earn an income. I can read the cards anywhere, any time (more or less!).

So, why not invest in building a mobile income rather than tying oneself down to a location dependent income? That’s been a large part of my decision-making process.

Making a life, not just a living

Something that has really ‘clicked’ for me is that we are here to make a life, not just a living. It isn’t about earning as much money as possible by watching your salary grow and your career status increase. It is about creating a life that is meaningful and connecting with the people we love.

I came out of university fuelled with the idea that my income would continually increase and that this would be a sign of my success, not just in my career but in my life overall. If you’re earning heaps of money, you must be a valuable member of society, right?!

But what I have come to realise is that it’s OK not to earn loads of money, so long as the basics are covered.

It doesn’t matter if the person next to you is earning three, ten or even fifty times as much as you. They might only get to see their family and friends on the weekend, in between checking the Crackberry Blackberry.

What matters is that you are earning enough to sustain your lifestyle (with a little extra savings for a ‘rainy day’) and you’re investing the rest of your time with people you love doing the things you love to do.

So what if my income goes backwards? At least I know that I can spend the day at the beach with my family any day of the week or I don’t have to rush the girls off to childcare so I can get into the office.

Right livelihood

awakening-buddha-withinAnother one of my favourite books “Awakening the Buddha Within” by Lama Surya Das. Inside, the author talks about “Right Livelihood” as one of the seven steps to enlightenment in Buddhism.

It really made me think about where I should be investing my time and energy.

A. In a large corporate whose aim it is to generate $6 billion in profit.

B. In my own business, working with individual people to inspire and guide them using the Tarot.

Um. B, thanks.

It is just so inspiring to receive daily personal thank-you emails from visitors to Biddy Tarot or even the occasional “You changed my life” email. So much more inspiring than looking at spreadsheets every day to see how much money the company could save by reducing costs.

You know, one of my fears with this switch is that Tarot reading is not a ‘real job’! But, when you take into consideration “Right Livelihood”, isn’t a ‘real job’ helping people bring meaning into their life and making a difference?

What Still Scares the Crap Out of Me

I’ll be honest. It might look courageous making this bold move, but I am still worried about what lies ahead.

Changing my mind

What if I change my mind and want to go back to corporate? Will it be easy enough to go back?

I guess many mums take 4-6 years out of the workforce until their kids are school age, so why should this be any different?

Putting “Tarot Professional” on my resume

How on earth do I explain my previous position “Tarot Professional” to a bunch of managers in suits sitting across the interview table? I know that the fundamentals of what I do as a business owner is valuable to any business, but Tarot?!

I’m still working on this one!

Having enough money

Will we have enough money? What if things go pear-shaped financially?

Thankfully, we’re in a pretty good position, financially, that if things were to go pear-shaped, we have a few backup plans. That said, what’s the worst thing that can happen? I go and work as a checkout chick? You can always hustle to get more money.

Wasting my education and experience

Am I wasting all of those years studying and working, just to become a Tarot reader?

Rationally, I know that it is probably all of those years studying and working in business that is contributing to my success with Biddy Tarot. I just have to keep reassuring myself of this!

So, What’s Next?

I am absolutely thrilled at the concept of being able to invest my work time fully into Biddy Tarot. It means that I can spend more time connecting with you and all the Biddy Tarot enthusiasts, and being part of your Tarot journey.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in the pipeline:

  • The launch of my new eBook, “Tarot Foundations: 31 Days to Read Tarot with Confidence” on September 12, 2012
  • Coaching and mentoring for people wanting to learn more about Tarot or to set up a Tarot business
  • Tarot parties locally in Melbourne
  • Public speaking – presenting at Tarot Guild of Australia workshops in Melbourne, getting onto blog radio programs like Beyond Worlds, and potentially one day presenting at a Tarot conference somewhere in the world!
  • More Tarot guides

Thank-you

To end, I want to extend a huge, heartfelt thank-you to you, the Biddy Tarot reader, for supporting me in my journey and for making this life change possible. There is absolutely no way that I could have done it without you and for that I am truly grateful.

Ready to Become Your Own Boss?

I have had an amazing journey and am so grateful to be in the position where I can now be my own boss. But guess what? You can do it, too!

Whether you’re just starting out as a professional Tarot reader or you’ve got an established business but want to become full-time, I can help. I have worked hard to make Biddy Tarot what it is now and have learned a huge amount along the way.

I am now available for private 1:1 Tarot business coaching to help transform your Tarot business. Click here to find out more.



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Fiona Tankard August 29, 2012 at 1:31 am

What a fantastic and inspirational post Brigit, and so honest too. You have done wonderfully well, congratulations.

I have yet to make the leap to full time professional (I write too and do SEO ) but I think you touched on part of the reason for this in the opening to your post when you listed your qualifications.

I consider myself an academic (teacher, educational writer etc) and it is hard to give up the so-called “respect” for something that is often considered a bit weird and out there. I do confess to having a huge struggle with this and that is why one of my missions is to bring tarot to people who don’t normally “do tarot” as it is an incredibly helpful tool in all areas of life, particularly business.

Anyway, thank you once again for such a fascinating post. I love people’s stories and background and this is one that resonates on so many levels. Good for you! (Or should that be “good on you!”)

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:05 am

Hi Fiona,

Thank-you for your warm comments. Yes, making the leap to Tarot having invested so much in my academic life was hard. But, I am coming to realise that I am not ‘giving up’ on everything I have learned – I am leveraging it even more now in different ways. I wouldn’t be where I am in Tarot if it weren’t for my studies and career experience.

Warm regards, Brigit

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Leigh August 29, 2012 at 2:42 am

Hi Brigit,

I loved this post! Congratulations for making this decision. I know that it is not easy. I had to make the same one when I decided to become a Professional Tarot Card Reader.

Tarot Card Reading is something that you love, so that is half the battle. It was easier for me to decide to do this as I didn’t care for any of my other jobs. I always knew that the metaphysical was something that I loved, I just didn’t realize that I could make a good living at it. Your website was one of the ones that showed me that I could.

I agree with you though about diversifying. That is very important. It also keeps things interesting, by adding a nice little balance. It’s also good to explore different ideas and see what works and what doesn’t.

My advice to you, Brigit is to not worry about the future and what will happen if you decide to return to the corporate world. You landed on your feet by starting you own business, and I’m sure that when you want to do something different, you will land on your feet again as well. :)

Continued Good Luck to You

Leigh

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:08 am

Hi Leigh,

Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I am glad, too, that I have been able to help you on your own journey to becoming a professional Tarot reader.

And you’re right, it’s good to diversify and keep life interesting!

Best wishes, Brigit

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Diana Cairns August 29, 2012 at 2:51 am

Hi Brigit
How wonderful to read your story! I’m so pleased to hear that you have decided on the title for your new e-book and will launch it in September – it is sure to be a success!
If you did have to go back into the corporate world at some stage, you could always say that you were working as a “life coach”, “personal consultant” or whatever comes to mind! Realistically, we have to face facts that not everyone shares our passion for the Tarot, and some people are inclined to view it very cynically. To the unenlightened, it even falls under the label of “the occult”.
I think your work with the Tarot is infinitely more useful than working in a corporate, with all due respect, but you will never lose the ability to be a management consultant and can probably do it in tandem with the Tarot when you are ready.
Being able to travel and spend time with your family is a wonderful reward for what you have already achieved, Brigit! Enjoy it, have fun, and bask in the warmth of the sun and the love of your husband and daughters :-)

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

Hi Diana,

Thanks for your wonderful support.

“Life coach” is a good idea – thanks! And you’re right, not everyone takes to Tarot that well. I remember telling one of my previous employers what I did and they initially thought I was kooky. Then again, they remembered who I was and I got hired, so perhaps it’s not so bad after all!

Take care, Brigit

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Evonne August 29, 2012 at 8:32 am

I am so excited to read this! I am very proud if you my dear friend. x

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thank-you my darling! Ooo, we both get to do this together… making exciting changes in our lives!

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nicole August 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hi! A great story. You are an intelligent, motivated woman and Biddy Tarot can only evolve and grow. I’m happy for you!
Do any personal tarot readings/cards stand out for you on your journey to quitting work and focusing on your business and family?
Thank you
Nicole

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Thanks Nicole!

You know what? I just used a very basic three card spread – no positions, no pre-determined questions. BUT, if you do like a bit of structure, just think of all the questions on your mind about the situation, and draw a card for each. Make sure you also have a balance between past/present/future/advice.

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Louise August 29, 2012 at 10:21 am

Bravo! You are truly a very inspirational woman!

That article is so inspiring; to get an insight into where you’ve been and where you’re going gives such a personal touch. And can I just say: I LOVE the photo of your office…I think I’d like to design my next office to be just like that! ;^)

You have been a huge inspiration to me, and I think your website is phenomenal. I think it is your successful academic background and corporate experience that shines through, it makes you stand out! I think the Tarot world (if we can use such a term) is blessed that you are now dedicating your superior intelligence and professionalism to it’s development…this is what Tarot needs, and in this sense you are a bit like a brave pioneer! Hopefully the next generation of Tarot professionals will not have as many doubts about it as “we” do, and will not quake in their boots so much about choosing it as a professional career option. You are helping to create that platform, and I believe with the quality of work you do you are helping make Tarot more respectable, and much less “kooky”. Because look at you: a super intelligent, academically trained, professional woman, who is going to give her all to this craft; and get to have an office in Spain to do it! Good for you; how fantastic is that!

As we both know the Tarot is amazing! I think it will repay you for your commitment and hard-work a hundredfold…but at the end of the day it’s like you say, success in this field isn’t just measured by money, although we all need it! It’s about how good you feel about what you do, how inspired and inspirational you can feel, how you can help and teach and share, how you can bring the wisdom and guidance of the Tarot to people who need answers, and how the work you do can help you grow as a human being!

Biddy, you are amazing, and I am thrilled to read of your growing success. It is such an inspiration to me!

And I am thinking you should move to LA to start up your “tarot party” business! hehehe, I’m really only half joking here! I think you could make a killing in the right city, just don’t know if Melbourne is it!? But what a blessing it will be to hear you talk at conferences and on radio shows etc. I think you would be a magnificent “tarot advocate” out there in the world!

BRAVO!

Brightest blessings, Louise.

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Wow, Louise. Thank-you for your super amazing words and support. SO appreciated!!

Oh yes, my husband is already talking about doing a Tarot tour of the US! I think he just wants to get back over there and travel :-)

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Michaela August 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Well done! What a life you lead! :)

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Brigit August 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Thank-you! Anyone can make it happen :-)

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Heather August 29, 2012 at 7:54 pm

thank you so much for posting this – I needed to read this. I too, am on the precipice, about to leave a good earning job as a software developer, to be home and take care of my health, and my soul. I dream of some day having a Tarot business, (I am still a ‘beginner’ in my mind), and have come to the conclusion, as you have, that although the corporate world is the cultural ‘right’ way to go, it is truly our interaction with others that matters in the end. Thank you for echoing my transitional time! well said.

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Brigit August 30, 2012 at 2:21 am

I am so glad my post could help and provide the inspiration you need :-)

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Vaishalli Raut August 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hi,

I was amazed to know about your background, as I come from similar professional background, I did my masters from Kingston University (UK) and worked in HR profession for over 11 years. I turned to Tarot out of curiosity and have today taken it up as a career. Though I have cut my ties with the corporate world, I give tarot counsultation to my ex companies and it is working quite well.

I am still going through the dillema about my decision to quit a full fledged, well paying corporate career and taking up Tarot….going is great till now and I am sure future hold’s good things….great to bond with you.
I am big time fan of biddy tarot and turn to your website whenever I find difficulty in interpreting the cards.

Warm Regards
Vaishali

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Brigit August 30, 2012 at 2:26 am

It’s nice to meet another HR / Tarot person! I believe there are quite a few of us out there. And that’s great that you are able to now consult back to your ex companies. What a great idea – I might do the same thing!

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Christine August 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Wow, Brigit! What an incredible post. You have just the biggest fire under me. I have been floundering for what seems like forever. I think I’ve done everything you’re NOT supposed to do when you quit your corporate and have been beating myself up mercilessly for it. It’s time to quit with the self-flagellation and get on with it. The fears are immense, I agree, but nothing like paralysis. I so admire you courage in living your dream and inspiring others to do the same!

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Brigit August 30, 2012 at 2:29 am

Thank-you so much, Christine. Go on, do it! Make the leap :-)

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Aasheesh August 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

Dear Brigit,
I read the post again,and again and again ! What an amazing journey . Your focussed approach towards the goal,the vision to make it happen and the faith in your own talent have perfectly combined to live your dream actually in life.Truly inspirational for all of us. Many of us do have “mega plans” but somehow falter on the way.You have shown that by concise planning and patience personal goals can be a reality.
Your explanation of the entire learning curve is so direct and honest and makes for compulsive reading.Its amazing how you have still managed to remember the minute details of the journey.It reflects how emotionally close you were close to your vision of future.Being honest with oneself and knowing exactly where you stand in life helps you make the correct decisions relevant to that time.It’s often easy to be distracted by glitz and glamour around ,and be carried away with your own abilities.But you have stuck to your own learning path and planned according to needs of self, and family.This shows your balanced approach.Even though having quit the job for good.Returning to your corporate job after 4-6 years is an option which you can always exercise. This is the strategy of a good General-Though you may be marching to a grand victory,but your escape routes should always be open !
Well this post has been a lesson to me on how by planned approach you can achieve so much in life. You have successfully made your hobby your career.As they say “If you love what you do ,then you will never have to work a single day in your life ..”
Brigit you are an amazing person ! Wish you all the best .
Aasheesh

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Brigit August 30, 2012 at 2:34 am

Aasheesh, I love that quote! I really do feel that way, that I am not really ‘working’. I call it work so that I can get the time off from family duties to do it, but it’s not really work.

So glad the post has been an inspiration. Thank-you for your kind comments.

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Sarvasmarana Nithya August 30, 2012 at 5:58 am

Hi Brigit,

Just love your blog. I find it so informative and look forward to new posts all the time.
Congratulations on breaking free from the status quo. Now that you have taken this step I can assure you, you will never go back working for someone else. We can either work on building some else’s dream, or work on building our own dream. When we work for others we are making someone else rich. When we work for our self all that wealth is ours in more ways than one. Our inner wealth gets enriched, we grow, expand and truly express our highest potential.
Be excited that you moved beyond the illusion of fear which most people are a slave to. You have already won the game!
Your experience will help many to also take the jump!

Blessings,
Sarvasmarana

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Brigit August 30, 2012 at 7:14 am

Thank-you for your very encouraging words!!

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Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady August 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Congrats on making the leap, Brigit! And happy to hear that I was part of the inspiration. :)

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Greg N August 31, 2012 at 1:43 am

Brigit,

Your education and earnings in the corporate world were the foundation to what you do now, a necessary step before you could take the leap financially. Also, you enjoy your freedom more now as a result of this experience.

Your story is inspirational to anyone who wants to leave their 9-5 job and live on passive income, so you could be motivating to anyone – way beyond the tarot community.

My goal is to get into the solar power field in some way, maybe through a non-profit working in developing areas. I’m working a corporate job now to get enough rental properties purchased so I can live on the rental income, then will quit my job and work on delivering solar power to people who need it. Also want to travel and live outside my home country (US) like you are doing.

I will no doubt have the same concerns you had, when I’m ready to leap.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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Brigit September 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Good luck with your journey, Greg!

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Alexander Begg August 31, 2012 at 2:44 am

So this is about taking the plunge and having faith in knowing what your doing is the right thing. I wonder who else this could resonate with?

Without writing a Novel, it’s hoped this is a checklist of sorts , intended for insight, perspective, and consideration.

A Very Hearty Piscean message. However the shape could reach more people if it’s in the shape of language like lifestyle change and career change. A first impressions glance feels so many people need to hear this, and read it, and from you.

Even though it resonates very well with the group here…. What kind of twitter message could accompany this in short form? How would it sound to a large group of people? How about interface, overlap and overall symphony of the the picture’s, presentation and linking of pages?

This is not about cursing one’s luck in too many place’s, it’s about the right message’s reaching people as message’s are meant to be delivered.

Also questionable are the pictures. That picture of the fairy looks sad, and the picture’s do not seem to create, what is actually a comforting reassurance which is actually within the message. What kind of picture’s would be needed to create that? For the record, Fairy’s are affiliated with angels, and angels with Arch angels. All water in aether correspond’s with Poseidon. Such thing’s are not sad, and never are, and instead wrathful, powerful archetype’s, as hard-going as Pluto in Capricorn which spell, in as much, happy ending’s as well as check-mate.

The message is Piscean and feeling, which could be Mercury in Pisces naturally. The message will connect well with families, particularly mother’s in the nurturing aspect of their lives, seeking new way’s to make a living. Yet if the condition’s and path are not open how are they meant to connect with this message? Even if they acknowledge the message, how do they go about not becoming lost in a seething tide of information… potentially leading to confusion.

Is it justified that we should all become Tarot professionals too? If it is proposed we should all do Tarot then why? Why cannot people become what people want?

Also, there’s writing about right livelihood, and A or B, corporate or self. B is chosen, which is the self. But we’re in the age of Aquarius which is about collective identity. So how can one shoot A? Again, that’s a kind of divide, not only here, but elsewhere in the text. Is it unity?
1 Divine’s into 2, but everything begin’s with 1, so there is no 2.

8/8/2012 is Numerological, which tie’s in with Tarot, Astrology, and the rest of the bundle that match’s up in sign and symbol with prime templates. So why is this only about Tarot? What really need’s to be developed is a Universal theory where these aspect’s are not seen as separate, which is limiting, but overlapping, like a picture or paint’s and colour’s which blend naturally, and seethe into each other comfortably. Something more fitting for this age, trend, and where thing’s are heading.

Behind the word’s and concept’s isnt this about being inspired to become the truth of what we are – whatever that is? Inner Buddha Perhaps? It’s a progressive Buddha !!!!

The key challenge here, for all thing’s bright and beautiful is the consideration for how this message can be strategically positioned within relevant Popular/Business/Marketing term’s, in order for message’s of divine nature to benefit the greater community.

What kind of keyword’s could help elucidate this? Let’s take the example of Project management issues, something relatively hot within Popular/Business and Marketing terms today. How can one transition from that keyword to the answer’s and insight, that are delivered with Tarot. This boil’s down to what are the essential conditions in image to pave the way for the community, or in other word’s, inspire more people.

In ancestral terms, the clairvoyant women of the tribe would likely have formed a group or eye to guide the tribe, to help it be in the right position. In modern day term’s this might equate to delivering important answers, guidance and counselling for life transitions, or even business transitions.

This is of emphasised importance within time’s where people cannot see clearly, but when the concomitant future’s of many people’s are heading similar paths. In order word’s are lost, and are without the divine voice or guidance to help them. Either this or they are simply too damaged energetically or physically to know where they are meant to be going. But hope is not lost!

What seem’s the major issue now, for many peoples is connecting the Corporate, material, academic, career-focused aspect’s *transient* being with the spiritual, service centered intuitive natural *eternal* being.

How can Tarot help thous event’s? What kind of positioning does it need, what is it’s passions, strengths, who is it’s market, who is not in it’s market but need’s it either way, what’s the hook, how do the system’s work out and how do people help each other within the trend’s of the Aquarian age?

In conclusion:
– Where do they *your target audience* hang out? What about mother’s who are in a similar position? How can this message reach them.. and where are these people…! Which forums? Which blogs? And what keyword’s does one need to reach them? Which script do they need to hear? What’s going to get them turned on.. to the message and what isnt? And how does the joruney go for them, do they get lost along the way?

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Brigit September 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thanks for sharing your different thoughts and opinions, Alexander.

I apologise if I have made it sound like Tarot is the only way. It most definitely isn’t. It is the right thing for me at this point in time, but it will be completely different for different people at different times. I certainly don’t mean to put down corporate life as it has a time and a place both in individuals’ lives and in society.

I understand where you’re coming from about keywords, etc. Great for SEO, sure. However, I tend to shape my blog posts around the common challenges that are shared by my readers, and I focus on topics that I know are most relevant for them. Aggressive SEO doesn’t really play into it because I want something that is real and helpful for my readers, not something that is going to just get me traffic.

Thanks again for sharing – I do appreciate your different take on things!

Brigit

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Marianne Quintinio September 2, 2012 at 7:25 am

What strikes me the most in your blog is when you emphasized the phrases “…helping people bring meaning into their life and making a difference.” I completely agree that this good deed is the ABC helping guide that will bring people into enlightenment when a fork road comes into their lives. I admire you for your bravery of choosing this crucial decision and salute to you for that matter. Your corporate career has been your priority for the past years until you began a family of your own, that is.

Your articles and posts have been an inspiration to my life. Although I was having doubts about learning more about Tarot cards (because of my religion), I received a wealthy amount of information just by reading the weekly Tarot readings in your blog. I learned that one can be a positive influence to others by empowering people with optimistic personal advice that the Tarot reader can get from the cards.

A lot of thank you for enriching my life and opening my eyes to a world of mystery and insights.

With lots of blesses,

Marianne Q.

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Brigit September 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Hi Marianne,

Thank-you. Your kind words mean a lot and I am so glad that I have inspired you on your Tarot journey.

And thanks for your insightful comments throughout the blog – you always have something very insightful to add!

Warm regards,
Brigit

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mysticmarcella September 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

I am so happy you shared this story and congratulations to you for making your leap of faith and
trespassing beyond your fears.

If you love the lyrics to “Feeling Good” you may enjoy the beautiful vocal recording made by Adam Lambert – search YouTube for the Studio version. I will try to post a link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uazOXODTmT0

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Terri September 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

Hi Brigit,

what a beautiful and inspiring story. It’s just the kind of thing I need to read more of. Your story has elements of similarity to mine, and I suspect to many others .

I’m just starting this leap. I’ve been an academic (college/university teacher/lecturer) for my whole adult life so far, but have always dabbled in a lot of different things, for fun and interest. I’ve really been an excellent college teacher, but am seeing the limits very clearly now. The job I do — “just” lecturer — has (usually) no job security, lower pay then “regular” professors, and a lot less respect too. Going through my mother’s death in late Spring, then being laid off from a teaching job where I was guaranteed security, then increasingly harassed as leadership roles were taken by stodgier, duller, less inspired people, I ended up with the whole summer off, and a lot of time to think. I was nervous about money, but it worked out, and ended up being the best, most rewarding summer I think I’ve ever had. I used it to process everything that’s been going on for the last few years (there wasn’t even time to think about it for a while), work on getting my health back (there had been SO much stress!), get back to my favorite old hobbies, and — surprisingly — start to see them as sources of income!

It’s going to take some time to find the way to a full financial substitute through these new kinds of work — writing, art, research, and a business I built (but didn’t have time to develop) several years ago — but I think it can happen. It’s now a plan I work on every day. Now that I’m back to teaching for the Fall, I can see both how skilled I am as a teacher, and how I think I’ve outgrown the joy I used to have in it. I even stand a chance of getting back my old job, which I’m using legal help to fight for, but I only want it for a few years. One foot’s already firmly out the door, and I’ve found that’s the biggest start in making me happier than I’ve been in years.

Thanks, Brigit, for sharing your story.

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Brigit September 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Terri, I’m so glad it has helped you. Wishing you the very best as you find your path.

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FloridaBorn September 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Your story is an inspiration. I enjoy visiting Biddy Tarot as it helps me to understand what I’m missing when I do readings for friends. I don’t do readings for money and warn my friends, with a smile, that you get what you pay for. They laugh and come back again.

Education is only wasted if it serves to enslave you. Your education provided the foundation for you to build a career based on what you love. In my lifetime, I’ve known too many people who majored in “what pays best.” Higher income didn’t result in happiness–it resulted in hell manifesting itself in health and marital problems.

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pat September 3, 2012 at 8:08 pm

A really inspiring post Biddy, following your heart can only be lead to better things.

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bunny ramjee September 4, 2012 at 4:35 am

just read your story. very inspiring. all the best and may you go from strength to strength. peace

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Priti September 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm

very nice biddy….. this is very difficult to do…. I too quitted my career with IT and came into Tarot :)

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Brigit September 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Good on you!

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Julie September 11, 2012 at 3:39 am

You’re doing the absolutely 100% right thing:) I’m at a similar stage but very different circumstances… I need to be patient… Your blog is very inspiring and I’m so happy you’re making it happen (nothing’s impossible). I’m yet to ask you for a reading… it’ll come soon enough. All the very best to you.

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Brigit September 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much, Julie! I’m glad that you have been inspired also from my personal story.

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Amit Jayen September 12, 2012 at 4:27 am

Hi, I don’t know how I missed a few of your last posts, probably I must have skipped it or the newsfeed ticker made way for the other posts, after the wonderful webinar today, I came across this one ..and BRIGIT , my respect and love for you have multiplied many times more. Your whole journey from a world where “Making a career & an income” to become a full time TAROT READER is commendable, it definitely is not an easy switch, the two of pentacles reversed situation. I think the reason why you are the loved Tarot reader with so many visitors, querents and enthusiasts following you, is that you speak from the heart, and only the voice of the heart can connect the hearts. The most wonderful thing about you is that you have kept TAROT simple and easy and approachable to all, taking in to consideration the novice approach and teaching them step-wise (probably your childbirth teaching or teaching your own children method is what you use to all the enthusiasts) so that they learn every thing and don’t miss out anything, and whenever we do.. you take care of that with a smile and provide the answer. I remember a couple of times I had certain doubts about Tarot and the very next day/s there would be a post on the imagined topic. I recall one when I asked a doubt and you replied that there will be a post published the next day on the same, and it was strange , funny but a really wonderful coincidence. Coming back to Tarot, I don’t want to flatter, but I and we all know that you have it in you to make it big in Tarot world. I respect your husband for supporting you consistently ( coz in such subjects the support of the spouse is of supreme worth) and even quoting the inspirational line from STEVE JOBS , which after this will be my way of living life. So thanks to him as well. Biddy I may not be a good reader like you, or more experienced like you in Tarot… but all I can say & wish from the core of my heart that next time you will never have to revert to your corporate world and give a second thought to how do I mention my previous job, but in your next best-selling PAPERBACK ( I am waiting for this one) in your page you mention your corporate job to the world of Tarot… proudly . God bless you and your wonderful family and keep on being our mentor as always .

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Amit Jayen September 12, 2012 at 4:28 am

Hi, I don’t know how I missed a few of your last posts, probably I must have skipped it or the newsfeed ticker made way for the other posts, after the wonderful webinar today, I came across this one ..and BRIGIT , my respect and love for you have multiplied many times more. Your whole journey from a world where “Making a career & an income” to become a full time TAROT READER is commendable, it definitely is not an easy switch, the two of pentacles reversed situation. I think the reason why you are the loved Tarot reader with so many visitors, querents and enthusiasts following you, is that you speak from the heart, and only the voice of the heart can connect the hearts. The most wonderful thing about you is that you have kept TAROT simple and easy and approachable to all, taking in to consideration the novice approach and teaching them step-wise (probably your childbirth teaching or teaching your own children method is what you use to all the enthusiasts) so that they learn every thing and don’t miss out anything, and whenever we do.. you take care of that with a smile and provide the answer. I remember a couple of times I had certain doubts about Tarot and the very next day/s there would be a post on the imagined topic. I recall one when I asked a doubt and you replied that there will be a post published the next day on the same, and it was strange , funny but a really wonderful coincidence. Coming back to Tarot, I don’t want to flatter, but I and we all know that you have it in you to make it big in Tarot world. I respect your husband for supporting you consistently ( coz in such subjects the support of the spouse is of supreme worth) and even quoting the inspirational line from STEVE JOBS , which after this will be my way of living life. So thanks to him as well. Biddy I may not be a good reader like you, or more experienced like you in Tarot… but all I can say & wish from the core of my heart that next time you will never have to revert to your corporate world and give a second thought to how do I mention my previous job, but in your next best-selling PAPERBACK ( I am waiting for this one) in your page you mention your corporate job to the world of Tarot… proudly . God bless you and your wonderful family and keep on being our mentor as always . :)

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Brigit September 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Amit, thanks so much for your words of encouragement and support. I really appreciate it :-)

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Kristin September 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thank you for this post – it helped me see that some of my questions, of “how do I get from where I am?” to ” where I want to be” are also the same issues you’ve grappled with too.
I love your positive, down to earth energy – you’re doing great, keep it up!!

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Brigit September 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Thanks so much Kristin!

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Julieta November 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Dear Biddy,
Congratulations on making this bold decision.
I made it myself some eight years ago and I haven’t regretted it.
You’ve got a beautiful family who supports you and all these years of academic/corporate experience were only the tools so you could launch your personal business with great success, as you’ve consistently been doing since the birth of this site.
Congratulations again on this mindshift!
Kind regards from Paris,
Julieta

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Brigit November 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Many thanks! Since making that decision, I have never looked back! It has totally come at the right time and I am so blessed. Thank-you for your kind, positive comments!

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Aasheesh November 9, 2012 at 3:56 am

I am very happy Brigit that is working out well for you.It sure was a big step you took.All the best for future too.With your capabilities and talent the graph is poised upwards always !
Aasheesh

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Brigit November 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thank-you!

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Damhnait November 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

OMG… The Universe just brought me to this post!… it is exactly what I needed hear right now … i’m facing a similar struggle at the moment… it ‘s great to be able to identify with some else in this position and to see it is possible to move beyond fear and limitations : ) Well done to you…. you are an inspiration. Love your site : )

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Brigit November 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Great! I am so glad I could help :-)

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Alexander Begg November 17, 2012 at 2:40 am

The message of this post, beyond time and space and tarot, is really about freedom.

As I said 3 months ago ” A first impressions glance feels so many people need to hear this, and read it, and from you. ”

And so they came, and connected, and moved a notch on their journey toward a new place within themselves, and a new space of opportunity.
The people are coming, but I feel people are not coming because of Tarot alone. It is beyond that. This is to do with a shift toward a new way of living all together.

Theres a magnetic/quantum wave that is attracting and building momentum. Its in inter-current theme within the words, strings and pathways which go in certain directions. It all together begs to ask what will happen next?

Thinking of it in terms of pure energy, I wonder, how can anyone here help people more? HOw can more people share their own unique message? How can you reach more people? Whats it going to take to make this possible for the whole world?

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Brigit November 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for sharing, Alexander. I hope you are enjoying your journey.

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Alexander Begg November 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

Yes indeed. Sharing this blog post with my facebook friends.

For it is not enough to say and know but do!

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Kindred Spirit May 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm

I also got educated and ended up earning a huge amount – by owning and running a tarot business with staff. It began as a one man band and it was built up. But as you know clients want a reading instantly. If you are not available when it suits them then and there they move onto somewhere else, hence you need a lot of staff or to be tied up with an agency that provide them 24 7 for you. It is also difficult to get clients to appreciate that you are a human! I used to put on my websites to ring me between 9 and 5 yet 99% would still ring on a sunday at 11 pm and be quite nasty or cold if you were not available or they were politely told you do not work that late or that day. Wanting to help people is one thing, being available 24 7 and having no life is another.

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Brigit May 16, 2013 at 12:08 am

Congratulations!! I am so glad to hear you took the big step to employing staff and building a full Tarot business.

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Renee May 30, 2013 at 1:32 am

Your tarot website is one of, if not the best on the internet with regard to tarot. I cannot believe that the education, diligence, and professionalism you acquired on your life journey does not have a lot to do with the quality of your work. You are an inspiration. Your long-time fan.

Renee

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Brigit June 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

Thanks so much Renee. Your words are very encouraging and well appreciated!

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Zamm July 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Wow! What an inspiring story you have Biddy. You took a great leap of faith and it’s proving to be worth it. I’m sure it will only get better because you are passionate about what you do. I’m so happy for you. Thanks for sharing with such honesty. Many blessings to you!

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Brigit July 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Thank-you Zamm! I feel very blessed to be doing something that I feel so in harmony with.

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Denise August 14, 2013 at 2:42 am

Thanks so much for this post, Brigit! It is sometimes difficult to make major life decisions when the “rational” part of us is confused about why the “intuitve” part of us is leading in another direction. I too have left a comfortable income to “not work,” as you may remember from the recent reading that you did for me. The tarot seemed to be telling me to do something so counterintuitive that I doubted my own interpretation until you got the same message when I asked for you to do a reading for me! Unlike you, I’m not sure what’s around the corner, or why I need to rest and not work, but I totally identify with the scariness of the whole thing as I have always worked in corporate as well. Thanks again for sharing with all of us!

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Brigit August 15, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I do agree that it is a balance. Sometimes you just have to trust the Universe… but you also need to balance it with some sensibility and make sure that you can afford the change and that you have a back-up plan (e.g. making coffee in a cafe!). Once that is in place, the world is your oyster!

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Susie August 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Loved reading your story! Very inspiring! Love your page and refer to it often!

Just wondering did your husband mind quitting his job too? Does he help with your business?

I wanted to quite my job and start my own business as I was heaving some health issues but I have no support to do that. I have a husband who refuses to work or look for work. I supported him when he left to go to school and I thought he would support me if I left to focus on my business and learning but that isn’t happening.

I’m feeling disappointed that I am not making my dreams come true.

Any words of wisdom? Cheers.

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Brigit August 18, 2013 at 2:41 am

Hi Susie,

Hubby helps me with the graphics for my business – lucky me! He was ready to leave his corporate job as well, and now it means we can travel long-term as a family.

It is so important that you’re both working towards the same goals. It makes it hard when you need to support the both of you and may not have the ability to do so yet in your business. It may be worthwhile talking together about your long-term goals and how you can support one another in making those happen. And how each of you will contribute to your mutual well-being.

Brigit

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Deanna August 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

While I do appreciate reading your story, I feel I must comment on one particular point. It always frustrates me whenever I read an account of someone who left a six-figure income to follow their dreams. Yes, no matter how challenging emotionally it was for you, of course you could take risks much more easily than most other folks! I assume you had money saved, a retirement account, and equity that you could rely on as back-up if things didn’t work out. Your six-figure income put you in a very sound position from which to make your leap.

I read Tim Ferriss’s book and he tries to paint a picture of having done it all with nothing in his pocket, but the truth is he had some decent jobs and a supportive family. I’d love to read a truly rags to riches story of someone who is in my position — barely scraping by to make ends meet and without any bank accounts, family to ask for help, or benefactors who could rescue me — and who was still able to take such a daring leap. That would be truly inspiring! But as it is now, I can’t give up my job or I’ll wind up homeless (which almost happened this past summer). I have no savings, and live from paycheck to paycheck. I’d love to be able to support myself from doing tarot readings and be able to make art and live a creative life — but I’m so far in a hole, it seems quite impossible to dig myself out.

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Brigit August 22, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Hi Deanna,

I agree – it is a lot harder to make the leap to follow your dreams when you don’t have a safety net to fall back on. That said, I have heard some wonderful stories where people had nothing and after a lot of hard work, have now become very successful financially. People like Oprah Winfrey, J K Rowling, Brendan Burchard, Richard Branson, to name a few.

It takes dedication, hard work and true ‘grit’ to get there, regardless of whether you have something or nothing to start with.

I wish you the very best in your journey.

Brigit

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Deanna August 23, 2013 at 1:52 am

All the people you mentioned became successful a long time ago, when we didn’t have all the technologies we have today, and the economy was very different. Today the economy is very fragile and many technologies getin the way of connecting with real people who might be able to give someone the chance they need. For example, if one is job-hunting, most jobs require a resume and everything is emailed anonymously. It all goes into a black hole and scanned by a computer, so if you don’t have the keywords they are looking for in your resume, it gets discarded and no one calls you. They do not provide phone numbers, so you cannot call any potential employers. No one will actually take a few minutes to field a phone call and hear you say to them, “I don’t have the experience you’re looking for, but here’s why I know I can do the job…”

You can be dedicated, working hard, and have true grit up to your eyeballs, but if you have no money and no family to help you out with the rent every now and then, and the world keeps beating you back, you wind up either in a dead-end job, on public assistance, or begging in the street. There is very little likelihood of being able to start a business with no capital.

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Brigit August 24, 2013 at 6:34 pm

A great book for starting a business on a shoestring is “The $100 Start Up” by Chris Guillebeau. Check it out here.

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Simone September 13, 2013 at 5:27 am

Hi Brigit – I just read your article on how you quit you corporate job to become a professional tarot reader. I began to read the article because I am in the process of trying to figure out how to market my newly embraced gifts as a psychic and intuitive tarot reader after being guided to create a rather successful online Summit on miracles.

What I found interesting, providing further confirmation to continue following inner guidance, is that you mentioned my dear friend Tera (Theresa Reed) in your article. I met her over 20 years ago, lost track, and through synchronicity found her once again.

So thank you for this added confirmation. I know I am on the right path and Spirit will guide me, as always, to the folks I can help with my readings.

Continue blessings and much success,
Simone Salmon

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JHW November 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I actually remember your first web site. :) Congratulations on taking the jump.

I, too, am finally listening to the universe, and I will transition next year into doing what I love.

Of course, “stumbling” across this article is yet one more sign….

Good luck to you!

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Brigit November 7, 2013 at 7:28 am

Thank-you! Funny, I never thought many people visited my first website, but I have been meeting many people along the way who say, “I was with you since 2001!” Yeah! Thanks so much for the support.

So excited for you that you are seriously considering a transition next year – best wishes with it.

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JHW November 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Oh, your site and the information on it has been extremely helpful in my “learn the Tarot” journey. Now, I can finally say, “thank you” for your time and effort. It has definitely always been one of the better Tarot sites. Good luck with your new journey! And, thanks for sharing. It is inspiring. Jumping off on faith is hard to do, even when all the signs are there to just do it. :)

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Brigit November 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

My pleasure! So glad I can be part of your journey.

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Anugya January 26, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Thanks for this post Brigit, very inspiring :)

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D February 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

Hi Biddy,

Congratulations.
I don’t often chip into the online world but felt compelled to make some cheeky suggestions regarding your fears:

– Putting “Tarot Professional” on my resume
= How about “Entrepreneur”. You’ve gone out on a limb, written your own website, and started you own business. That’s pretty impressive.
A business selling to a niche market is even more impressive.

– What if things go pear-shaped financially?
= “we have a few backup plans. That said, what’s the worst thing that can happen? I go and work as a checkout chick?” You still network with your previous workplaces and your boss was asking you back… this sounds more viable than the checkout.

– Wasting my education and experience
= Without having the experience, education, and success you have already had, you would probably be currently striving to achieve these! They made you see the light a lot more quickly and in saying that, it sounds as if all that hard work paid off. You get to spend those irreplaceable years with your family instead of chasing carrots.

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Brigit February 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I appreciate your suggestions! I’m definitely with you.

I have only just now updated my LinkedIn profile with Founder & CEO of Biddy Tarot. Plus I call myself a Tarotpreneur! So you’ve hit the nail on the head with your idea there.

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Jade Michele Griffin March 25, 2014 at 12:57 am

Brigit, Congrats! On deciding to leave to follow your bliss. Know and have faith that you will always be supported by the Universe. Your Intuition was guiding you and you followed it. You will be fine. Your an inspiration to others . It’s also so important to be there for your children when they are little because they grow up so fast and then you wonder where the time went. Also doing what you love feeds your soul and that is so important too. Good luck to you and your family, God Bless!

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Derek April 10, 2014 at 11:47 am

Hi Brigit! Thankyou so much for sharing this! Being torn between directions of juggling a day job, my music and hurdles with rediscovering my intuition has caused a lot of mental fog for many years. Reading this has blown some of that fog away and I’m really excited about what could be, no matter how big or small those things might be. Thankyou again! Love and Light. Derek.

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Brigit April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Awesome!

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sangeeta June 3, 2014 at 2:01 am

Dear Brigit,

What a wonderful post! I have bookmarked this particular post because I am going to read it again and again. Its a dear, dear wish that I have, to be able to afford to spend more family time and I have just begun taking my interest in Tarot seriously now. I am curious, did you and your husband ever have an affirmation that you said daily to manifest your trip? Thankyou so much for this beautiful website. More power to you!

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Brigit June 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

No, no affirmations for us. We just went straight ahead with it and started organising everything! My mantra is “Just do it!”

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Cornelius September 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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to “return the favor”.I’m attempting to find things to
improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

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Michele October 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

..You won’t go back to corporate :-)…

thank you for all of your sharing & inspiration.
best wishes for your future ventures,
Michele xx

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Brigit October 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

Thank-you! Yes, I don’t see myself back in corporate either – YIPPEE!

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Analee October 21, 2014 at 4:33 am

Hey Brigit,

Thank you so much for this post! It’s so refreshing to hear someone else with a very similar background transition into the ‘airy fairy’ world. I also have a commerce degree and and designated as an accountant, but my real love is the healing work that I do along with my card readings. I have a recommendation for your fear related to the resume gap – make yourself a soul/spiritual coach! I am in the process of completing a life coach program, because I think it would compliment this type of work extremely well AND will fill in that resume gap quite nicely.

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Brigit October 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Funny, I am also leaning towards life coaching! I’m training in NLP, Hypnosis and Time-Line Therapy which I think will really help.

Anyway, lovely to ‘meet’ you and I’m so glad I inspired you in some way!

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Aby November 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Wow… so inspiring Biddy!

I’m just starting out on the spiritual path. Tarot has fascinated me for a few years now. After plenty of readings (computer generated, one on one and online) I am finally ready to get myself a deck and learn to do it. I have been exploring with an oracle deck and the results have been very good :)

It could be a hobby for a very long time before I reach the point of breakthrough.

Having said that, after reading your post I am very inspired and excited :)

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