Do you long to follow your heart but can't find time because everyone needs a piece of your's? Or maybe you're unclear about what your heart even longs for in the first place?
Do you feel frustrated, because it's your life and you should be able to live it the way you want?
Then suddenly guilty and ashamed for feeling that way?
So, I get it. I really do. I lived much of my life worrying about everyone else. Trying to please everyone else. Trying to fix things everyone else.
I had to take a long, hard look in the mirror. I didn't like the person staring back at me. She felt like a stranger in my own skin.
But one day, instead of beating myself up like I'd done a million times before, I decided to do something different.
I decided to take responsibility for me. To stop feeling sorry for myself. To stop blaming other people for my feelings of inadequacy, bitterness and defeat. To discern what I actuallly had control over and to take it. To do what was mine to do. To stop trying to "fix" everyone else and pour that energy into helping the one person I truly had jurisdiction over- myself.
I began making small changes in my life. Over time, they added up to big changes. Changes that have slowly but surely created the life I'm living now. A life I absolutely love.
My heart. My relationships. My mind. My body. My spirit.
It was time to stop putting myself on the back burner. Time to take excellent care of the one person I have control over- me.
Doing so saved my marriage. Clarified my priorities. Led me to work I love. Taught me how to write. Revealed my life purpose. Inspired me to eat cleaner. Strengthened my self-confidence. Empowered me to make decisions. Deepened my relationship with God. Gotten me in the best shape of my life. Helped me become a counselor & coach.
In my experience, life doesn't work that way. Rather than expect life to be one way and get pissed off when it's not, I've found it much more empowering to embrace challenges with courage and wisdom and perseverence. And to let challenges teach and train and strengthen me.
Because if you don't decide to take charge of and change your life for the better, who will?
"Nobody," that's who.
To breath. To focus. To heal. To expand. To dream.
To find your confidence, your courage. To kick ass. Take names.
To take responsibility for and bring purpose to the one life you've been given authority over.
To respect and love and be sure of yourself. (Yes, you can. Yes, God wants you to.)
To put yourself first without feeling selfish or guilty. (Yes, it's possible. Yes, I'll show you how.)
To uncover the strong and significant women within you. (Yes, she's in there. Yes, we will find her.)
To do and be more than you ever thought possible. (Yes, there is more. Yes, you may have it.)