I think we can finally say that spring is underway. Spring always brings a sense of change for me. We are presented with many opportunities to make a decision about our life which defines the path we end up on… Although, ever-changing, it can feel like we’ve been walking the same “yellow brick road” for far too long & it’s time to find “home” again. A place of comfort that comes easily.
I recently came across a quote that read,
“It’s not about how to achieve your dreams, it’s about how to lead your life. If you lead your life the right way, the dreams will come to you.”
Holy shit guys. It was like a light-bulb went off. I knew right then and there that I wasn’t just doing one or two things right but a lot of them. I am leading my life the right way. Finally, right?! Cause’ let me tell you, it feels like a lifetime ago that I’ve felt this way. Well not really but I would be lying if I said I haven’t been dwelling on some of the challenges that have been thrown our way. Death, depression, grief, toddlerhood, work/family balance, etc. You know, stuff other people go through too but you isolate yourself into believing you’re the only person who could possibly feel “this way” or “this bad.”
I’ve been pouring my heart into my passions one baby step at a time. It is scary as hell, too. Just the other night, I proudly told a stranger that I run a blog. I even told her the name & how to find it. As silly as it sounds, I had been afraid to put myself out there. Not just with strangers but even more so with those closest to me.
Someone we know commented on how “expensive” my reclaimed wood signs are. I immediately felt knots in my stomach as I started to question myself; “Am I overpriced?” & so on… But, I stood my ground & reminded myself of my worth. The heart, the time, the energy, the intimacy I pour into my blog & making is not just a hobby to me. It is my passion that fuels my fire and we all deserve to have a job or work on what we are deeply passionate about – I have learned that I am worth that!
Speaking of leading your life the right way. I recently made a pretty HUGE change in my life. I had been putting the energy out there into the universe for something more. Something that brought me more fulfillment. Something that took care of my family’s needs in a more well-rounded aspect. Something that challenged me at a greater depth. And well, be careful what you wish for because mine was granted.
I literally just landed my dream job guys. I am honestly still in awe. I don’t think that I’ll really grasp just how big of a deal this is until I am living it day in & day out. A job that fuels my fire has just been dropped into my lap and I couldn’t be feeling more thankful – And, scared & excited, all at the same time.
I have been transitioning out of my job in insurance & financial services for the last two weeks (Something I was good at but I didn’t LOVE) to begin a position with a Maine-based granola company that just so happens to be the first 100% solar powered, net- zero food production facility in New England! The health foods industry is not only taking off right now but it’s something that I am super passionate about because it speaks to my personal lifestyle. A working mum usually spends more time at her job than she does at home so, if you’re going to sacrifice that much of your time & energy, you might as well be giving it to something you love. Something you can be proud of.
More recently, I have been trying to be more intentional about setting myself up for success. As I begin this season of change, growth, challenge, excitement… I know I will have a bit of a heavier plate on my hands (if that’s even possible.) Knowing that I will be in training for my new job for about a month while I still have my side hustles to manage & a family to be present for, I knew I’d have to learn to be more efficient with my time & do a better job of planning ahead.
I have made some things a bigger priority in my schedule & I am already seeing great results but I also knew I could do better which meant seeking some guidance from those with more experience than I. I believe that things come to you when you are ready – So, when I got an invitation a couple days ago to join Kelsey Van Kirk’s “Frazzled to Focused” 5 Day Challenge, I knew I was meant to jump right in & that the timing couldn’t be better as we welcome this season of change.
Today’s lesson talked about taking time to PAUSE in various ways which can help you set yourself up for success. I feel such a sense of comfort as I go into this big time of change because I know that I have been doing everything possible to set myself up for success but in the past that wasn’t always the case. For a long time, I would remain complacent simply because I wasn’t willing to make a change. So today, take a small step in the direction of a positive change. I encourage you to do ONE thing that will help make your week easier. One that would help the change of season go smoother for you. One thing that would help you feel more successful.
And if you’d like, come back & share what that was? Because just as I have been inspired, maybe you could inspire someone else to take a leap too?
PS: If you’re looking for a little inspiration of your own, I highly recommend the “Frazzled to Focused” challenge I’m doing. There’s still 4 more days to particiate & there’s no deadline on becoming a member of “The Home Loving Wife Sisterhood” – Where you’ll receive endless amounts of support & encouragement from a tribe of wives & moms just like you. And no, I didn’t get paid to mention that, I just shamelessly plug things & people I genuinely love.