Permission to Bali – I mean, believe, in myself

This blog is the second in a Permission Slip series by Souldust Guide Jennifer MacNiven, where she shares her own journey of transformation. 

As discussed in my last post, permission has tremendous meanings and implications in your life. So often, we rely on someone else to make a decision for us.

To me, the idea of seeking permission from myself was an incredibly foreign idea. Who the heck am I to give myself permission? Silly…but true. I always admired people who didn’t give a shit what others thought and stepped to the beat of their own drum. I longed to be that person deep down. After a job ended over four years ago, I had lunch with a friend, seeking some advice from her. All the while, she was taking into account what I was saying at a soul’s level. 

to do something that society,
and frankly my family or friends, may not approve of. 

At the end of our conversation, she looked at me and said, “So, what I’m hearing is that you want to travel, you have a ton of miles, you love photography and can take that with you… You’re not leaving here until you book a ticket somewhere.” 

In that moment, I was given ‘permission’ to do it. An approval to GO, LEAVE, TRAVEL and to take my passions with me. It was also in that moment that I realized that I could have acted on those desires all by myself, without needing others permission to do so. I heard the voice of Glinda the Good Witch saying to Dorothy in the Wizard of OZ.

“You’ve always had the power my dear, you just needed to learn it for yourself.”

Needless to say, I was on a plane to Bali four days later. This was first of many awakenings related to how I’ve been programmed in my life, how I did and saw things, and the course it lead me on, transforming my life, little by little. I was learning it for myself.

I would love to know, where in your life are you seeking permission to truly be who you want to be, and what does your soul long for? How does my story sound familiar to yours?

In this Permission Slip Series, I’m honored to share with you my struggles, transformations, growth, finally letting go and looking deeper into my true soul’s desires. Finding joy. Finding peace. Giving myself permission to live.

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Jennifer MacNiven

Jen teaches people to tune into themselves — their breath, bodies and mind – through yoga, photography, and mindful wellness. Her passion is helping others explore their inner and outer worlds.  Her soul’s path is to travel, be in nature, and be in motion, and she has spent the last few years traveling the world, most recently setting up residence in Bali.  Jen is a certified yoga instructor and health+wellness coach, as well as a Souldust Guide. She is also a long-time professional photographer, which lends itself well to seeing things from a new perspective and creating lifestyle shifts.  Jen loves dancing and moving her body, hugs and conscious connections, being outdoors, camping, biking, swimming, chocolate… LIFE.

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