It can be hard. It can be really hard to figure out who you are in this life. Especially after years, and years of being the 'roles' that you've lived. We become so lost in those roles. Whether its the work we do, the gifts we have, our station in a family or a community, we become so much of what we do, that we forget just who it is that we are. It happens to almost all of us.
I get that. I live it just like you do, but I am intent on continuing my growth towards who I am and how I want to be spending my time. That can be difficult and it can be scary.
I have recently taken a big step back from the work that I have been doing for the last twelve years. It was time, and I knew that, because the joy that filled my heart in doing that work was no longer present. And if we don't have joy in our lives, what else is there?
It is frightening when you step away from the security of knowing what your income will be, what the expectations of the role you play are, what is familiar. But there is a there is a comfortable peace that comes with those big decisions if your heart knows that they are right for you. And my heart seems to know.
Cancer was definitely the catalyst to make the decision, but only a catalyst. So now at 54 the real work begins, the work of ensuring that I remain authentic to what fires me up, brings me to joy and breaths life into my spirit. I know that I cannot support others to do that, if I am not living those values myself.
Initially there was a certain amount of guilt in that I am spending so much of my days doing the things that I love to do! Playing more deeply with my photography, learning more about social media and website development, writing...writing, writing, writing. And expanding my coaching business and what it can offer others. But the funny thing about doing what it is you are meant to be doing is that things begin to flow, and they begin to fall into place in some most unexpected ways. They days go by and if someone asks what you did, it's hard to explain because on one level it could be seen as nothing really, but on a level that really matters you did everything! It's a wonderful place to be.
The one thing I am very intentional about is that whatever I am doing, it is aligned with my passions. My list is always close at hand, and if I question something as to whether it is moving me closer to my vision and my passion I pull that list out and read it through one more time. If the answer is no, then I put the request or the activity aside, and return to what fuels my spirit. That can be challenging in it's own right, because so many of us live our lives as people pleasers that have spent decades saying yes to what matters least, sacrificing what matters most, in an effort to please others in our lives. To not let others down. To not be considered selfish or self-centered by those we love.
But the truth is, that those that love us are going to keep loving us. They will begin to see those actions not as an insult, but as you making self-care a priority in your life, and respecting that. And in an ideal world, they will see the value of doing that for themselves as well when they see you lead by example.
So here's to always growing and to growing all ways. Here's to taking the leap of faith that this is what is meant to happen at this stage of life, and trusting that the net will be there to catch you. Here's to knowing that the universe will provide for you when you are aligned and living the life that you were intended to live. Sharing the gifts that only you have to share, doing the 'work' that your gifts and passions were intended to do. And spreading the light that is YOU into this world. Here's to each of us being who we truly are...being Truly You!
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I am certain that each of us have heard about the Butterfly Effect. The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location.
In our world, the Butterfly Effect can go much deeper, if we relate it in terms of what we do minute by minute, day by day. If we are conscious that each and every one of our actions can have a long and unforeseen impact on everything around us, and every thing that happens afterwards, how would we behave differently? What choices would we make in the here and no, knowing that those choices will affect our own generations to come.
What if every decision you started to make was based on that conscious knowledge? What if each of us truly realized the power of our choices and actions? How would our world, and this magnificent earth that supports us look different a few generations from now?
"Every single thing you do matters.
You have been created as one of a kind.
You have been created in order to make a difference.
You have within you the power to change the world."
What if each of us could remember that daily!
As a student and affiliate of Chris and Janet Attwood, I'm excited to share that today is the first day that their new book "Your Hidden Riches" is available for sale!
There is an unspoken secret used by all successful people to deal with the craziness of their lives and create balance, and this great new book will show you how you can use it to get into the flow of your own life.
Written by the NY Times bestselling authors of The Passion Test, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood, this book has been praised by people like Paulo Coelho, Jack Canfield, Brendon Burchard, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Don Miguel Ruiz and many others (see below for what they said about it).
Every successful person has designed rituals that work for them and allow them to be at their best. But in our hectic, striving to get ahead world, too many people feel disconnected, overwhelmed, and depressed without the power of effective rituals to support them.
Chris and Janet say they're not talking about empty rituals, like Thanksgiving dinners where no one wants to be there, or rushing through grace to get to dinner. They say rituals are behaviors and actions we consciously infuse with meaning, and that ritual can be a powerful conduit to a life filled with deeper meaning and contentment.
This is a book you'll not only enjoy reading, but you'll come back to it again and again because it's filled with practical rituals for every area of your life,
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And when you get a copy of their book today, Janet and Chris will give you some powerful gifts to help you get started:
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I know Janet and Chris. Their wisdom is moving and practical. I encourage you to get this new book. You'll be grateful you did. There's no better time than right now to take the first steps in transforming your life into exactly what you want it to be.
P.S.S. Here's what others have said about this book:
"Your Hidden Riches is a book that will give you the tools to unlock the mysteries and joys of life." -Paulo Coelho, NY Times bestselling author of The Alchemist whose books have sold over 150 million copies
"We all want a balance between work and family, between rest and activity, between financial success and a sense of meaning.Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood have provided a practical, yet profound, manual for achieving a meaningful, balanced life. This book will transform the way you think about ritual and show you how to harness it's power." -Jack Canfield, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles
"There can be no enduring success and positive emotion in life without well-designed rituals that support our happiness and growth. In this stunningly insightful and useful book, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood reveal this timeless truth and teach us how to use rituals to live a more fulfilling and fully charged life. Your Hidden Riches is a must-read for any serious student of personal development." -Brendon Burchard, #1 NY Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge
"Chris and Janet have revealed to us a vital missing link in most of our lives. The old rituals have faded, yet the new rituals of meaning, depth, revelation, love, energy, joy are arising. We can partake of them to evolve ourselves, our lives and our world. Please read this book and take the steps open to you to reveal the deeper meaning of the passion in your heart and the mysterious purpose of your life." -Barbara Marx Hubbard, Futurist and Co-founder,? Foundation for Conscious Evolution
"Your Hidden Riches is a gateway into a wonderful world of conscious, meaningful ritual. There's a reason the world's most accomplished people incorporate ritual into their lives to help them achieve peak performance, to stay calm under pressure, and to have balance in their lives. This book shows you why." -Dr. John Gray, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus
It takes time and energy to become who we truly are! In life, so many things can get in the way of our figuring that out..but the time comes in each of our lives where we need to be able to do that if we're going to live happy fulfilling lives that are authentic reflections of our best selves. These are just things I've learned along the way. I hope that they might help you in your own journey into being Truly You!