* Pulling some favorites from the blog archives & having some guest bloggers jump in here over the next couple weeks while I ramp up for my Mexico Retreat! Enjoy!!*
Given all the new projects I've been taking on recently, I've been reflecting on one of my old ways of thinking . . . that things had to look a certain way.
A favorite example of this type of mindset was back in college when I had this idea about what my life would look like after I graduated. I had painted a fantasy future in my head that I would have a particular kind of really cool job, that I would be swept off my feet by Prince Charming on a White Horse, and we would get married and live in a house with a white picket fence, etc. etc. Guess what? NONE of it happened the way I envisioned! Well, that's not quite true. I DID get A job, I DID meet A guy, and I did get married & we bought A house. It just wasn't THE job, THE guy, or THE house I thought it would be. Imagine that!
When I lost my job at the beginning of 2016, one of the biggest panic triggers was that I didn't have a PLAN.
I did know a couple of things though:
1. I was going to pursue my dream of becoming a Life Coach.
2. I was never going to work 40 hours a week for someone else again.
And? I had NO IDEA how that was going to look. Oh sure, I had some ideas about how I would like it to be, but there can be a rather giant gap between what we envision and well . . . reality. (See above.) But while there were some (many?) emotional meltdowns along the way, I am happy to report that even in the beginning I could appreciate the beauty in the not-knowing, and relied on faith and trust that things would work out somehow, someway. (Shout-out to my boyfriend who is generally the voice of reason in moments when I lose sight of my dreams and think it's all going to go to shit. Hey - I'm human.)
Combining that Faith + Trust with a good dose of Hustle + Knowing My Strengths, mixed with a little Guerilla Marketing via WordSwag/Instagram/FB/Pinterest + walking dogs - is how I've landed where I am today . . . almost making a living by creating multiple streams of income*.
It all continues to surprise me on a daily basis! Guess what? "It" doesn't have to look a certain way.
Are you feeling stuck in "Certain Way" thinking? How would you show up in life if you were able to do things differently than what society/friends/family say you should? Could you relieve yourself of some stress and anxiety if you threw caution to the wind and did things your way?
I'd love to hear your thoughts, and am here to say if I can do it, so can YOU!
Love and Light,
* In an effort to be totally transparent, I have to say the multiple streams of income thing does take some TIME. :) And it's totally worth it!
p.s. Some books which have helped along this wild and crazy ride are:
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