And they did for a time – birth of two wonderful children, professional success and good health. Until, one day I realized I wasn’t the same person I once was.
My marriage had not become the partnership I had hoped it would be for many reasons – simply a case of two people not meant for each other. However, ending the union was not the quiet goodbye I had hoped. The less-than-amicable parting led to several years of struggle -- financially, mentally, physically and professionally.
I felt I had no control over my life. The future I once embraced with a full heart was now heavy with fear, restlessness and doubt.
Much of this journey is chronicled in a book I just published: Everything is Fine, But I’m Not Worried -- both a cautionary and inspirational tale.
Like you, I wear and, have worn many hats over the course of my 50+ years on this planet. For much of my career, I worked on the people-side of change management in many industries as a problem-solver and public relations counselor for companies, communities, individuals in the nonprofit world, and in the specialized skin care and foundation markets for women.
However, my favorite hat is the one I wear when I am listening to a personal story. A story that needs a next chapter, but the person sharing the story doesn't know where the story should lead. This is when my head and heart begin to hum with possibility.
I found strength, wisdom, courage, and inspiration through many people in my life. What became clear is that my story is one of many women. This understanding led me to my new professional focus -- taking my madcap experiences and the best parts of everything I've done professionally, to help women like you live your best life.
As Arthur Schopenhauer wrote:
"We spend the first half of our lives thinking all is chaos, and the second half, wondering who could have orchestrated such a perfect assemblage of life experience."
"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned
so as to have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell
Goals come in many shapes and sizes. The fuel for achieving the goal is passion. The passion you felt pre-COVID-19 may be different from what you feel today. Pushing the reset button means giving yourself permission to explore everything you've never done before. And, finding an odd excitement begin to surface. Like, "why have I never tried this before?" Wow, this is cool. This feels right. This is what I've wanted all along.
• Choose love and action, over fear and inaction
• Slay the dragons
• Become more disciplined
• Rehabilitate financial health
• Be more spontaneous
• Declutter your heart and head
• Live a healthier lifestyle
• Optimize productivity
• Be more attentive to relationships
• Stop telling yourself you are
not smart or good enough
• Reimagine your career
• Complete your Bucket List