Given the crazy turns my life has taken over the last nine months, 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 in January 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 have been some (many?) emotional meltdowns along the way, I am happy to say that even in the beginning I could appreciate the beauty in the not-knowing, and have 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 (which I know I've mentioned here before).
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,
* I foresee that I'll have this multiple-streams of income thing sorted out in the next few months - and in an effort to be totally transparent, I have to say it does take some TIME. :)
p.s. Some books which have helped along this wild and crazy ride are:
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