Today, I will make the time to remember those who serve and those who sacrificed their lives so we can continue to live in freedom. Will you?
God Bless our brave men and women in uniform!
On my Facebook account, one of the very few apps I have installed is a daily inspirational message app. Each morning, I read these little messages as a little jump start to my day. In these past few weeks, they have been so on point, I am less and less inclined to think these are coincidental, considering where I am in my life right now. Here is today’s message:
Change is the very nature of life – welcome it.
No glass ever became sand again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened fruit ever became a flower. Welcome change, and choose what kind of glass you create, what kind of bread you bake, what kind of fruit you harvest.
Who would have ever thought that a dream and a mouse would become the Disney empire we all know and love today. Walt Disney obviously conquered his “inner voices” by truly believing in his dream and making the dream happen. And BOY, did he ever make it happen.
Many of us have dreams of where we would like to be in life, where we would like to go. Some of us make these dreams happen and some of us keep on dreaming because those little voices inside our head tell us all the reasons why we can’t make our dreams come true.
Today I experienced a revelation: I now recognize my inner voice! This is my nasty negative inner voice that tells me “oh, you don’t have the credentials to do this” “come on, how are you going to make this happen?” “how would you even know where to start?” Are you familiar with this inner voice? Oh, I bet you are! We all have one. Some of us conquer it but sadly, most of us succumb to it.
During my first coaching session I was officially introduced to my inner voice and let me tell you, this voice is a powerful little bugger. When I dream my dream for the next chapter in my journey of life, this voice takes me from a creative high to a self-deprecating low in a manner of minutes.
In the wise words of my new coach, she told me “The universe supports patience and persistence; make peace with the process.” I can see this is going to be quite a process.
“You are powerful beyond your imagination.”
“You have created your life, and the good news is, if you don’t like it, you can change it. Remember, your life is created first in your mind, then in the world.”
– from The Passion Test
I love the Zen saying, “Leap and the Net Will Appear”. There have been times in my life when I’ve had to tackle difficult challenges that to some would seem insurmountable, yet with courage and faith I made the leap and that net did in fact appear.
As I approach the big 5-0, I have made a decision that I am going to live the next half of my life on MY terms. I will no longer be a slave to any vocation that no longer fills me with joy, or a sense of purpose. The beauty of this epiphany is I can do anything I want! The problem is, I have absolutely no idea what that is. It’s a though this is some kind of cynical test in the big game of life. You finally get to a place in your life where you are no longer trapped by financial constraints; you can ‘get out’ when you want to get out, have the ability to get out, but don’t know where you will go once you do get out.
I am ready to LEAP. I know the net will appear. Now I just have to find out where and what I am supposed to leap to.
Since turning 30, every year on my birthday, my mother has always told me, “Honey, these are the best years of your life!” This rings true in so many ways. Gosh, don’t you love moms?!
This is wonderful inspiration, isn’t it?!
But where do you start? What piece of the puzzle in your life do you first start to rearrange?
There is a wealth of free information available online in the form of workbooks, teleconferences, videos, all offering very sound (albeit similar), responsible guidance to help you in your quest to discover your true passion and purpose in life. All of the content in these materials has a common thread and it really does make a lot of sense.
The problem is, what happens when you’ve read all the workbooks, bought the e-books, read the self-help books, watched the videos and you are still at that crossroad with no idea of how to leave the starting gate? Is it information overload? Paralysis? Brain freeze? I would LOVE to know the answer to this question. That way, I could get started on the next chapter of my life. Ahhh…the mystery of midlife.
I’ll take any clues if anyone wants to send them my way.
Okay, it’s Wednesday. Here I am, day three of this new blog and it’s time to start writing. What’s this all about, this “Project Reinvention”?
Here’s the dirt: A little over a year ago, I woke up one day and while I was getting ready for work, suddenly I just did not want to go. I started thinking, what the heck am I doing?! This can’t be what I was made for! This is not what I was put on this earth to do! The more I thought about it, the more I seemed to fall into a serious funk. Every day that crappy feeling was growing, manifesting into this obsession.
You see, I am a commercial real estate paralegal and I used to work for BIG law firms, complete with BIG paychecks but also complete with BIG billing requirements and BIG stress levels. Well, the BIG stress levels and BIG billing requirements were starting to tick me off. The prior year I had busted my butt for a firm, supporting multiple practice groups, multiple attorneys (“fish food” was what a fellow colleague described me as), only to sit at the year-end review table and be told what a great job I did, everybody loves working with me, the clients love me, but… “Lynn, it’s a numbers game; you know that.” I’m sure I don’t have to spell out the rest.
Can you say “fire in my belly”?!! That was the day that everything changed for me. As Diane Keaton said in Baby Boom “the rat race is gonna have to get along with one less rat”. I was not going to be part of the rat race any longer. I was done! SO, like a responsible good girl, I planned my exit strategy and over the next seven months I did just that; I planned, plotted and I made my exit. I left the big firm scene and accepted a position with a sole practitioner, took a BIG cut in salary, a BIG cut in benefits and left the BIG stress behind me.
Here’s the reality: It is 5 ½ months later. I got exactly what I wanted (well not exactly, but most would say it’s not too shabby) and with respect to the job/career, I pretty much have it made in the shade for all intents and purposes. But, that’s not the end of the story by any means. Why do I STILL feel like my life was meant for something else and why am I so obsessed with searching for it??? This Blog is part of my quest to try and find myself, find my God given purpose and get moving toward living that purpose.
That’s the beginning of the story and this Blog is part of the journey.
Even the smallest stars shine in the darkness — keep shining!