Right after coming back from my mother’s funeral, I knew I had to make a decision about moving by the first of May. I’ve lived in Phoenix and Los Angeles since 1988, most recently, in Phoenix. Although I love the slower pace there, my business has always done better in Los Angeles. A big part of me wanted to stay in Phoenix, but another part knew I would experience more growth for myself and my business in Los Angeles.

Honestly, I battled internally about where to be especially with the way the economy is. To move to LA would mean working to build up my practice, find a place to live…the list goes on. In short it would mean a leap of faith.

Then I remembered a statement I have in my workbook for my coaching program, and it helped. I’m honored to share it with you here:


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd, is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live.
Chained by their certitudes they are a slave. They have forfeited their freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

So, I made the move to LA. My book is almost finished, and that will bring more changes and opportunities to risk. It feels a little scary not knowing how things will all work out.

One thing I’ve learned and sometimes, forget: It’s okay to be afraid. Just because I may feel fear, doesn’t mean what I’m afraid of is true. The feeling does need to be acknowledged however so that it can release.

I hope this statement is useful to you too. As you move through life, remember your passion.

Maren Nelson
Minister of Mind/Body Healing
Life Breath Integrations