Our Life

Leap Of Faith 

By Sarah Sanchez 

I worked for ABC Public Relations for the last nine years of my life. It was my very first job back when I was 16 years old; I rolled newspapers for some extra cash. I had a few other jobs but ultimately I stayed at ABC PR and went through a variety of different positions within the company. I worked hard to learn every aspect of the company because I just wanted to be a resource to our clients. Then eventually after all those years, I became Vice President of Operations.

Earlier this year, I was presented with an opportunity for a position at California Baptist University, which is where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. The position was even in my field of study.  So I felt that this was a perfect opportunity to use my degree to advance in my career. There were a variety of other reasons for taking this job, such as I’d be able to get my Masters Degree almost paid for and I’d be working at the school that changed my own life. Deep down I knew I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity, but I’ll be honest, it was very hard for me to leave my position as VP.  I was leaving a company where I had so much responsibility and purpose, all in order to pursue a job that I had no idea if I’d even like. But I decided to take the position with a week and a half notice and I jumped into a world that I knew nothing about. I decided to take a leap of faith.

At first, it was extremely challenging to be in this new environment. I was with new people, doing new tasks, and in a place that was extremely out of my element. I will admit that I had moments of weakness. I had moments of frustration, crying in the bathroom, and regret for leaving my familiar job. I had a moment of doubt, wondering if I could do this new position and if I made the right decision.

But now that I’m two months in, I realized that this is what I was meant to do. If I had never taken that leap and jumped into a completely different world, I would’ve never been able to change the lives that I have changed so far at CBU. Recently, I had the opportunity to help a student receive the funds so she can pursue her dream of attending CBU to finish her education. She was so excited and filled with so much gratitude that it made me realize: this is why I’m here.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to take risks. I know it was extremely hard for me. But now that I’m on the other side of the worry tunnel, I realized that every bit of the struggles were worth it.

Maybe you have a job you need to leave, a dream you need to pursue, a place you want to visit, or a project you need to finish. Whatever it is, it’s time to stop procrastinating. Don’t put it off and don’t worry about the outcome anymore. Believe in yourself and believe that you can do it. It’s time to start today. It’s time to pursue your dreams. It’s time to take a leap of faith.