How to take a leap of faith

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There she stood, toes dangling over the edge of the platform as if the laws of gravity didn’t apply to her. She was shaking, and she was scared, but she was ready to take the leap. She had to be ready — her very life hung in the balance.

Sounds like a day in the life of 42-year-old cliff diving champion Ginger Leigh Huber. It’s not!

How to take a leap of faith

Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop

It’s about you. That is, if you’ve ever stood on that scary but thrilling precipice of change wanting to leap.

Few could argue that diving into a body of water from a 98-foot cliff requires a leap of faith. And it’s the same with our most profound and life-transforming changes.

Unlike death-defying dives, however, most “leaps of faith” occur as a result of fear or desperation. Something has to change, and so we close our eyes and take a wild uncalculated risk and hope for the best.

It doesn’t always work out. Quite often, we crash and burn. As a consequence, we never want to risk leaping again.

But what if you could consciously take that same life-changing leap without the risk of falling or failing? What if, instead of just closing your eyes and hoping for the best, there was a formula?

Ginger Huber’s Process

Before, during and after standing on that platform, Ginger Huber engages with a conscious process.

  1. She has already created rapport and connection with her body through physical conditioning. While on the platform, she instantly reestablishes that rapport with several relaxing deep breaths.
  2. Her unconscious mind is congruent with the conscious task at hand. She has agreeance.
  3. She acknowledges, then dismisses or ignores her innate amygdala FEAR response.
  4. Lastly, with one final deep breath and a literal leap of faith, she puts into practice what she has prepared to do.

Unlike the millions of failed attempts, a successful leap of faith is subject to rules. Whether you’re a cliff diver, a mom wanting to explore new horizons, or a business owner searching for the next lever, the rules are the same.

The LEAP formula

1. Body rapport

If you are going to leap, you must have the physical energy and strength to support it. If you’re week, tired, broken or disconnected from your body, you will hesitate and likely fail.

Creating rapport requires 3 things:

  1. Nourishment: Healthy, clean eating will support the cells that support you. Along with the carcinogenic poisons you want to avoid, feeding your body crap will deliver an extremely damaging message — “you’re not worth it!”
  2. Movement: A stagnant body prefers to remain stagnant. Movement creates momentum. Regular exercise is crucial to your leap.
  3. Hydration: Your body’s cells are comprised of 70-80% water. The mind/body connection thrives on hydration.

2. Brutal honesty

You must have conscious/unconscious agreement. This requires understanding and quite often changing disempowering beliefs about yourself and the world.

If you believe you’re not capable or deserving or what you’re leaping towards, you will not leap. Be brutally honest with yourself; you do deserve and are capable of everything you seek. You must believe that with every hydrated cell of your being.

3. Temptation

After having connected with your body and coming to terms with what you truly deserve, you might still hesitate.

There will always be a level of fear and doubt associated with a life changing leap. Uncertainty supports the temptation to go back. It’s like an invisible force standing behind you, holding you by the neck. It’s why we often take one step forward and two steps back. That temptation is your overprotective ego — and it’s scared to death of change.

The only true way to overcome this misguided temptation is to recognize it for what it is. Imagine it like and old drinking buddy. He or she doesn’t really want you to get sober. If you did, they wouldn’t have anyone to get drunk with anymore. Ultimately, if you take that leap, your ego will leap with you.

4. ABIF (Action Based in Faith)

In the movie Back to The Future, the reluctant hero, George McFly, is forced to confront his greatest fear, his arch enemy Biff.

The mild-mannered and soft-spoken McFly could never find the courage to stand up to the relentless bully. But in a climatic seen, McFly comes across Biff sexually assaulting Elaine, the woman of his dreams.

In that instant, he makes the conscious decision to act. He connects with his body, draws a deep breath and cocks his fist back — but hesitates. It isn’t until a moment later when he realizes that it’s not about him or Biff at all, but about the woman he has to save, that he takes a massive leap of faith.

He glances back at his fist, then at Biff, and finally at Elaine. He then swings with everything his body can give. The haymaker catches Biff square on the chin and knocks him out cold. His life is forever changed.

What is your leap really about?

If your leap is exclusively about you, you will hesitate. It must be about something more than just you. It has to serve a bigger role in the universe.

Make your ABIF about inspiring, saving or supporting someone, or something else. Find that purpose and you will find the strength, courage and motivation to change not only yourself but the world.

Well, the holiday season is upon us. There will be lots of food and fellowship, but there will hopefully be some down time to stop and think about what’s next. It will be 2020 soon. What will you do next year will get you closer to your dream, your calling, if you are not already doing some version of that every day?

I can tell you this: there is almost always an element of risk involved when we make big changes. Some people seem to handle risk better than others.

You ever wish you could do that? Just leap before you look and not give it a second thought? It sounds like an adventure, doesn’t it? No regrets. No what ifs. No maybes. Just that glorious feeling when you step out on the air, knowing you are going somewhere.

I have always believed that there is no reward if there’s no risk. It became even clearer when I interviewed women for my book, Women Make Great Leaders. Every one of these women decided that regret was a lot worse than failure. So, they took their chances, pursued what they loved, and are prospering today because of it.

I learned in Economics 101 that profit is inextricably tied to risk. Theoretically, the more risk, the more potential profit. This is true in careers as well. People who choose entrepreneurial careers know this firsthand. They build economic engines and they borrow money and bravely step out on the ledge to see if their seemingly good idea can come to fruition. Safety is almost an afterthought for these people.

It takes a lot of trust to jump like that, doesn’t it? Do you trust yourself? To really trust yourself, I believe that you have to truly know yourself. There are a lot of valuable tools and assessments these days to figure out how you are wired. In the words of the late Don Clifton, inventor of one of those instruments, the Clifton StrengthsFinder, every person on the planet can do at least one thing better than ten thousand other people.

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So, what’s your one thing? Have you figured that out? Is it what you are doing now or are you being called by the siren song of another career entirely?

Perhaps you have momentum in your current career. That’s great, but it shouldn’t keep you from taking time out to reflect on where you are and who you are at this moment in time. Add up all your experience and know-how and education and relationships and then be honest with yourself. Is what you are doing now it? Or is it time to jump into the unknown?

That can be a risky proposition, but every decision one way or the other has inherent risks. The fact is, there are opportunity costs for all of the things we don’t choose to do. Regret is one of those costs. As we get older it’s hard not to look back and wonder what could have been.

Yes, there’s the possibility of failure when you step out of line and try something different. Stretching always brings that possibility. But I have learned that there are many definitions of failure. I can live with most of them and I have even learned a thing or two from my worst failures. But the one definition I cannot live with is the one that says I failed by never trying.

So, here’s the bottom line: Stop your career train and get off long enough to get quiet and figure out what makes your dreamer come alive. If it’s what you are already doing, then get back on the train and keep going. If it’s not, do your due diligence and figure it out. Remember, you were made to do great things in this world. Get started. Have no fear. Don’t teeter on the edge of what you are meant to do. Take a leap of faith. Get to know yourself. Dream again. And as you do, be thankful that you live in a country where, once you know what you want to try, you can actually take concrete steps toward it and eventually be whatever you want to be.

How to take a leap of faith

Your faith is an important aspect of who you are and without faith, you’ll find it harder to get by through anything.

When you take a leap of faith, this isn’t just blind optimism but you’re choosing to trust that you’re going in the right direction and that you’ll get to where you’re meant to go.

You’ll be surprised with the realization that the majority of things in life revolve around faith and love as these two aspects are interconnected. In this article, we’ll be talking about 7 benefits of taking a leap of faith.

What It Means To Take A Leap of Faith

When you say that you plan to take a leap of faith, you have this hope that things will go in the right direction.

Taking a leap of faith isn’t reckless, but it’s what your gut is telling you to do. It’s the belief that there are greater things in the unknown rather than staying where you currently are.

This phrase is often used when you’re changing something significant in your life, for instance taking a leap of faith with finding love or changing career paths into the field you want.

Doing this isn’t just an impulsive and irrational decision, but it’s the belief that no matter where you end up, you’ll still be closer to where you aspire to go.

How To Take A Leap of Faith

One of the primary ways if you intend to take a leap of faith is to surrender your need for control.

Faith is about having the belief that everything will turn out alright, even when things are uncertain and you can’t predict what the future holds.

Taking a leap of faith means letting go of your need to control every aspect of your life and just have faith that things will be okay. Otherwise, the very purpose of faith is pointless if you still need to be in control all the time.

How to take a leap of faith

You need to surrender to the fact that not everything is under your control – and that’s okay. Trust the process enough that you’ll eventually get to where you’re meant to be.

7 Benefits of Taking a Leap of Faith

1. You discover who you are

Even when things are uncertain and blurry, one of the best parts of taking a leap of faith is the journey of discovering who you are.

You can never do that when you’re always stuck in old patterns, afraid to leave your comfort zone behind. You’d be surprised and amazed by how much you discover about your true nature when you take a leap of faith into something you wouldn’t normally do.

It’s scary, but you’ll eventually thank yourself later.

2. You become less anxious

Being afraid to take that leap of faith means that you’re comfortable in where you are to the point that you can’t deal with change.

You like being in control over everything in your life but as a result, this gives you more anxiety and pressure to get things right.

When you take a leap of faith, it’s not that you aren’t executing an action, but you’re learning to trust the process that you’ll get there eventually. When you pressure yourself to get to where you want, this won’t do anything but do more harm than good.

Pressure does well to a person, but only to a certain extend. You need to let go and trust that things will be okay.

3. You feel excited again

One of the results of being too familiar with your own life is that you never take risks is that there’s this lack of excitement and joy since you barely do anything new anymore.

When you take that leap of faith that you need, you’ll start to feel all these emotions again like joy, excitement, and happiness. This is one of the many benefits that taking a leap of faith will do as you get to explore new things that you never knew was possible.

It’s refreshing to get out of your comfort zone every now and then.

4. You feel brave and courageous

As romanticized as it is to take a leap of faith, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.

In fact, it’s one of the scariest things you can do because as humans, we like knowing the answers to everything, including what’s on the other side of your fear.

However, there’s something to be said about your bravery when you take that risk because despite being afraid, you did it nonetheless.

5. You feel open to change

As you progress in life, you’ll learn that even when you try to stop it, you can’t resist change from happening.

In taking that leap of faith, you’ll be more open to change and view it as an opportunity for growth and for truly living your life.

They say that life is on the other side of your comfort zone and this is accurate.

6. You become better

Having faith just makes you a much better individual in general. You trust the world and others more and you become open to a world full of endless possibilities at your disposal.

This perspective transforms you into someone better than who you initially were.

7. You regain your sense of purpose

Losing your passion can happen when you live your life with too much complacency that you know everything there is to know.

When you learn to take risks, you’ll find yourself again and get back your sense of purpose, whatever that may be.

How to take a leap of faith

Final Thoughts

I hope this article was able to help you shed insight into everything you needed to know on everything you needed to know about taking a leap of faith.

Staying in your comfort zone won’t get you anywhere in life, but learning to take risks will show you the real meaning of what living is all about.

You’ll know who you are better, including the best and worst parts of yourself, and that’s completely okay.

How to take a leap of faith

I have a very clearly defined comfort zone. It involves being surrounded by family; living in the “sunshine state” of Florida; and playing competitive tennis, a sport I’ve played since I was a toddler. But this past February, I left all that behind to move 2,000 miles from home to northern Indiana where I knew only one, single person and my job did not involve hitting a fuzzy yellow ball over a net.

For me, this move was a step into murky waters — I was unsure of whether I would even like this new stage in my life. It was a true leap of faith as I had to completely trust that I’d find what I’d need here. In the process, I have found that it wasn’t foolish to trust the voice that was calling me outside of my comfort zone.

Prior to this new chapter, I lived in a comfortable bubble. Like everyone, I went through big life changes — graduation, moving, loss, relationship struggles, and the like — but I was never truly uncomfortable. Something deep within me wanted to explore something different — to know what else is out there — but I was afraid.

I loved playing professional tennis. I excelled at it, and the sport has always been there for me. I also loved Florida, the place where I grew up and where my large and close-knit family lives. What if I gave all of it up and moved somewhere new to a new job, new city, and made new friends — only to discover I hated it? Would I have regrets?

These thoughts swirled through my head as I discerned ending my professional tennis career last winter. But through much prayer and time in silence, I heard a clear call to trust God.

I came to understand that I didn’t need to have everything planned. It was okay to be scared of the unknown and uncertainty that comes along with change. But I did need to listen to the stirrings of my heart. I knew true joy came from following the path God has for me — not by staying complacent in my life circumstances just because they are comfortable and familiar.

While tennis brought great joy to my life for many years, it’s also all I knew. I felt God asking more of me. The persistent stirring in my heart was calling me to leave familiarity behind and take a job in an uncomfortable place. Upon testing that stirring through prayer and reflection, I received a profound sense of peace, so I leapt.

This life change has been the most daunting, intimidating, and difficult experience of my life — and yet it’s also been the most liberating. Leaving familiarity behind and setting out with nothing but complete trust in God has given me the freedom to say yes to whatever He asks of me and discover who I’m truly meant to be.

It’s definitely not a comfortable or easy path, but stepping out in faith has allowed me to learn important lessons that I wouldn’t have learned any other way:

1. Stepping outside of your comfort zone forces you to grow.

We cling to what we know. Comfort zones make it easy for us to grip onto things around us in difficult times. That can be a source of support when we need it, but it can also limit our development.

The best — and hardest — part about entering a life phase that was so uncomfortable was that I no longer had a familiar context that I could rely on to make my bad days better and my good days even more joyful. My family, friends, warm weather, and tennis career were 2,000 miles away. The only thing familiar thing I had here was God. So I clung to Him, and I’ve grown a ton in the process.

When you leave your comfort zone, you place yourself in a position to rely on God because you soon realize you can’t do it on your own. Growing in that trust grounds you in joy and helps you take more steps toward the person you’re meant to be.

2. Discomfort doesn’t last forever.

I freaked out when I realized how far away from family I was and how I eventually wanted to be back near them. I know I probably won’t be here for the rest of my life, but that’s okay. I am here now, and I know that joyfully embracing the growth I am experiencing in the present moment will better prepare me for my future.

God leads us through different seasons of life for a reason. If He’s asking you to leave your comfort zone behind, the discomfort won’t last forever. I’ve learned that God’s voice is nothing to fear — in fact, it’s precisely what will lead you to find joy because you’ll be growing into the person you were created to be.

3. You’ll never know unless you try.

No one wants to live with regret. Nothing would have been wrong if I stayed in Florida and pursued professional tennis for three or four more years. But I realized that if I did that, I would have always wondered what it was like to live a “normal” life with a regular job and the ability to have stability and community around me. Tennis was all I had known, and I had this ache to discover what else was out there. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t find out.

We all have our comfort zones — the places that make us feel at home, whether it’s people we’re around, where we live, or things we do. While these comfort zones aren’t a bad thing, sometimes they can make us complacent. Sometimes they hold us back from doing the things we’re called to do out of fear of uncertainty, and an unwillingness to part from things that bring us comfort. We are fearful to take a leap of faith into the unknown.

Trying new things helps us learn about ourselves — what we like, what we don’t like, and what sets our souls on fire. If you feel a deep longing, pay attention to it, even (or especially) if it means being open to taking risks and stepping out in faith.

When we become aware of our deepest desires and convictions and where they are leading us, we are listening to God’s voice in our lives. When I made room to listen to that voice and follow it in faith, I discovered that it was trustworthy — and I also found that I wasn’t alone.

Maybe having good beliefs means sometimes believing even when there is not enough evidence either way? In this session we will consider whether we have control over our beliefs and whether it is ever a good idea to believe something before the evidence has come in. We will take a close look at William James’s pragmatic defense of “leaps of faith” when it comes to choosing forms of life.

By the end of class, you will:

  1. Understand the relationship between belief and the will, contrasting doxastic voluntarism with doxastic involuntarism
  2. Compare James’s approach to faith and doubt with Pascal’s pragmatism and Descartes’ foundationalism
  3. Explain what is meant by the “ethics of belief” and identify James’s three criteria for an ethical “leap of faith”
  4. Defend your own position on the question of whether pragmatic arguments for truth are rational or responsible.

Read This:

APPLICATION ARTICLES (Access on “Perusall” via Canvas):

Theranos Has Struggled with Its Blood Tests (WSJ)

Interview with “Bad Blood” Author John Carreyrou (TechRepublic)

Do This:

Complete these steps before you come to class

  • Consider the following prompts (you may want to write responses to these in your journal or talk about them with a friend):
    • Did Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos founder) meet James’s conditions for rationally taking a “leap of faith” when she believed that her blood testing devices would be ready in time? If not, which condition didn’t she meet?
    • Have you ever taken a “leap of faith”? Do you think it was rational? Why or why not?

    After you’ve finished today’s reading, make sure you complete the reading quiz, which you can access through your section’s Canvas page.

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    How to take a leap of faith

    There are two basic human emotions that are the driving force behind each thought, each daily inspiration, and that rare but pivotal new-chapter, life-changing decision. Those things are fear and love.

    The funny thing, however, is that they are intertwining forces. In order to feel passionately about something, fear and love must coexist.

    One year ago I made what some people would consider an irrational decision. I had a great job, a flexible boss, and rainbow-colored work walls, to boot.

    I had a circle of close-knit, happy-hour-loving girlfriends who brought overflowing amounts of joy and adventure to my life. Together we’d paint Los Angeles red, fly to Chicago on a “girls’ trip” whim, and celebrate each other’s birthdays in Las Vegas.

    Within our friendly beach-side neighborhood were my favorite Thai restaurant, faithful yoga studio, and the best omelet breakfast spot within a five miles radius of each other. My adoring family was a short one-hour Southwest flight away, so I could always access TLC from mom and dad.

    I was comfortable, I was happy, but most of all I was where everyone wants to be—safe.

    Halfway through the best year of my life to date I decided to make a monumental move. I quit my rainbow-walled job and applied to graduate schools abroad.

    Skimming potential programs I narrowed my choices to three well-known major metropolitan cities: London, Paris, and Barcelona. After much deliberation, I decided that while London is bubbling with energy and the French have the most delicious buttery croissants I’ve ever tasted, Barcelona was my true calling.

    A California water-loving girl at heart, I can never be far from warm sunshine or the familiar stretch of sandy beaches.

    Upon arrival and the few months following, the unexpected feeling of homesickness hit me like a mid-summer tidal wave in the South Pacific. I was alone in this foreign place, aching in my heart and missing my safe life.

    As we oftentimes do when it comes to big decisions, career changes, or new mortgages, I doubted myself and the choice I had made.

    While waist deep in fear and doubt, strangely enough I was also on an exhilarated high. Each morning run was an adventure; each trip to the market, something new.

    Even though there was a high probability I’d get lost en route, the miniature unknowns were breathtaking and exciting. I never knew who I would meet or where I would be that weekend.

    I took day trips to lining Costa Brava towns and tried yoga classes spoken in a foreign tongue. Getting back into the classroom was a bit awkward, but I submersed myself in bulky case studies and writing, something that has always calmed my racing mind.

    Slowly but surely, I made a circle of international friends and discovered new cultures, colorful cuisines, and a fascinating European way of life. In time, I opened my heart again and found more love and laughter than I ever dreamed possible between two people.

    Despite the initial difficulty, it was worth every chaotic moment to reach this place.

    Life is too short and far too precious to waste time going through the safe motions that distract us from what will really bring us joy. It can be big, or it can be a small, or it can be somewhere in the middle.

    It can be the fear of quitting your nine-to-five job to finally pursue your love affair with the culinary arts. Or running the marathon that you’re too afraid to try. Or starting the business you’ve always dreamed of.

    Or, it can very well be finally overcoming your fear of stage fright at Monday Karaoke night for your love of singing.

    In our current world where stimulated ideas, new opportunities, and innovative minds are so openly welcomed, oftentimes the biggest thing standing in the way is ourselves.

    So take the leap of faith in yourself, or someone else for that matter. Go back to school or even an online school, finally start your blog, or accomplish the resolutions that have been making cameos on your New Year’s list for the past five years standing.

    At the end of it all, we all have two life lists: All the things we actually did, and all the things we wish happened.

    Focus on building the first list, starting right here and now.

    About Jeanelle Rabadam

    Jeanelle Rabadam is an MBA graduate living in Barcelona, Spain. She started her blog, Tasting the World, to document her adventures for friends and family back home. She’s discovered a deeply rooted passion for writing and delivering not only personal experiences but also a positive message full of love, light and laughter for each post.

    And will you plummet to your death (metaphorically speaking) if you do?

    I’ve been on a bit of a self-help kick in my writing lately. And given the strong response from my last post about regret, I figured I would continue my personal-growth jones and write about another topic that might be of interest to readers.

    Living the life you want often means making some big changes in some part of your life, whether that’s your career, relationships, location, or what have you. Change can sound like a good idea in theory, but, in practice, it’s not always so clear. When you make a change in your life, you might be opening up your own personal Pandora’s Box.

    You can never know for sure whether you can actually shift your life in the direction you want to go; change is really difficult. Or, if you succeed, it’s hard to know whether that change will be what you really want.

    I’m a big believer in the Theory of Unintended Consequences. No one — not your family, your friends, your psychotherapist, or your psychic — can foresee what will happen to your life if you change it. There is going to be that fear of the unknown; how will you change psychologically and emotionally, and how will your world around you change?

    Ultimately, if you really want to change your life, you must take a leap of faith. A great philosopher once said, “You do or you do not. There is no try.” No, it wasn’t Aristotle or Socrates who spoke those simple, yet profound words; the great thinker was. Yoda, the Jedi Master of Star Wars fame (actually, George Lucas, but you get the idea).

    I often use an analogy from the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which Indiana Jones is in search of the Holy Grail (an appropriate metaphor here, wouldn’t you say?). He is following a map that leads him along a treacherous path toward the Holy Grail. Near the end of his journey, Jones comes to a seemingly bottomless chasm across from which is the doorway to the Holy Grail. There is no apparent bridge across the abyss, yet the map shows a picture of a man stepping into the void and speaks of taking a leap of faith that will enable Jones to traverse the gap.

    Mustering his courage, Jones takes that leap of faith and finds that there is an invisible bridge that he can walk across to seize the Holy Grail. Against the direst of consequences, if he was wrong (plummeting to his death!), Jones had the faith to choose the path that led him to the Holy Grail.

    Similarly, you must also have the strength of your conviction to take that initial leap of faith to discover your Holy Grail (especially realizing that your worst-case scenario is nothing like that faced by Indiana Jones, though that was just a film, of course).

    The leap of faith begins with the conviction that you don’t want to go down the path that your current life has been taking you any longer, that your life just isn’t working for you any longer. The leap of faith continues with, well, faith, that you can change your life. The leap of faith involves having a basic belief in yourself and a fundamental trust in the vision of who, what, and where you want to be in the future. The leap of faith involves the belief that good things will happen when you choose to change your life. Recognize also that some misgivings are a normal part of the process—you can never be 100 percent sure that things will work out the way you want—if you didn’t have doubts, it wouldn’t require a leap of faith.

    You should also regularly dream about the new life that you envision and how wonderful it will feel to find that which you seek. The leap of faith will then initiate a positive upward spiral that will transform your leap of faith into a growing confidence that you can and will change your life for the better.

    You must also understand that this leap of faith is not blind faith. Rather, you have a lifetime of knowledge and skills that you can marshal to change your life. Hopefully, you also have extensive resources — family, friends, and other forms of support — to bolster your efforts.

    What part of your life would you like to change? And what leap of faith would be required to make that change a reality? And coming full circle back to my last post, what do you need to do to ensure that you don’t have regrets at the end of your life?

    How to take a leap of faith

    Adrianna Zepeda Advises Students to Take a Leap of Faith and Work Hard

    July 08, 2021
    Contact: Rhonda Jessup, Director of Public Relations

    MOUNT OLIVE – Adrianna Zepeda of Mount Olive grew up humble and appreciative. She is quiet and reserved, and can be described as more of a listener than a conversationalist. Anyone that knows Zepeda, knows she is a selfless person, always willing to help others. Likely, these traits were nurtured by the fact that she was raised by her grandparents. Then, when Zepeda was just nine years old, her grandmother died. “After that, my grandfather and I pretty much took care of ourselves,” she recalled.

    Zepeda graduated high school and shortly after became a mother. Determined to provide for her son’s needs, she accepted a job with Carolina Turkeys, now Butterball. After a few years, she met and married her husband, who was finishing his degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. They decided to start a family together, and Zepeda set out to earn a degree in nursing. However, the heavy load of being pregnant, working full time, and going to college proved too much to handle. So, Zepeda put aside her own dreams for the sake of her family.

    “For years, I placed my education on the back burner,” she said. “There was never a right time to start, because something always came up. Four kids later, I finally made the decision that I wanted a change in my life.”

    The year was 2019, and the change was prompted by a University of Mount Olive representative visiting Butterball to talk about educational opportunities. Zepeda was interested, but hesitant. “I was worried that I was too old to start a new career,” she admitted.

    By this time, Zepeda had been employed with Butterball for 19 years. There was a lot of self-doubt about whether or not she could make it as a college student. In the end, Zepeda decided to enroll in UMO’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. “It was the best decision I have ever made,” she said. “It taught me that there is not a ‘perfect’ time to start your journey. Rather, you must take a leap of faith and work hard to achieve your goals.”

    Zepeda chose the ECE program, because she wanted to make a positive impact in the lives of children. Her own children, were her inspiration. “There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you have changed someone’s life for the better,” she said.

    Finding creative ways to help children understand concepts and objectives is something that Zepeda enjoys. In fact, after graduating in August of 2021, she has a desire to teach art, and to do so in the Duplin County school district where her own children have flourished. Most of all, she wants to be an encourager and an inspirer – to let children know that their dreams are important, and that they can do anything they set their minds to. It is a lesson she learned on her own.

    “Before enrolling at UMO, I felt stuck,” she admits. “I didn’t see anything in my future that would change. UMO has helped me see that there is so much opportunity out there to do what you love to do. I no longer feel stuck in my routine. My life is filled with purpose and I am looking forward to my future.”

    Zepeda and her husband, Juan, have been married for 15 years. They have four children Jose-18, Loreli-12, Eva-11, Athena-8, and baby number five is on the way. While working full time, raising a family, and earning her degree, Zepeda has maintained a high GPA, landing on the University’s Dean’s and President’s lists.

    The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit

    How to take a leap of faith
    For years, Adrianna Zepeda placed her education on the back burner. She will graduate in August with a degree in early childhood education from the University of Mount Olive. She plans to teach in Duplin County and inspire others to follow their dreams.