“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anais Nin
This is the year that I am giving myself permission to think big, to take up space, and to live my truth boldly and publicly.
This is the year that I will no longer confine the size of my dreams to what is socially acceptable.
This is the first step on a journey to creating a life of my own design, focused on helping others reach their full potential.
This is the year of playing it big.
Not all who wander are lost
As I look back on 2013, I can say without a doubt that the theme of that year was wandering.
I tried out different industries, different jobs, different health habits, and different volunteer routines.
Each was interesting and enjoyable in its own way, but nothing felt 100% right. I felt as though I spent the whole of 2013 searching for something that I couldn’t yet name.
During that year of confusion, I also wrestled with entrepreneurship in a big way — something inside me just knew that I was meant to explore that path, but I wasn’t sure why, how, or what it should look like.
So I kept trying to force a ‘start’. An idea. A spark. A moment of passion.
Unsurprisingly, that didn’t quite work.
It wasn’t until I stopped trying so damn hard and went “back to my roots”, so to speak, with my writing — one of my oldest passions — that I had my lightbulb moment:
Start with what you know and love, and the rest will flow from there.
In my case, what I know and love is writing — I find myself constantly overwhelmed by the power of the written word to transform lives.
For most of 2013, I felt stagnant, stuck, and confused about how to take the first step towards living my purpose. Little did I realize that all I had to do was what came naturally to me.
I feel as though I’ve finally gotten to a place where I’m no longer trying to force myself down a particular path. Instead, as Oprah said, I am harnessing my power to my passion and letting things flow from the wonderful place where the two meet.
So this week, I will start with what I know and I will be taking the first step on a long journey towards building the life and business of my dreams with the launch of my new website.
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Going live this Friday (Valentine’s Day!), the new site will have all of the content that you find here, plus so much more. It will be a place filled with advice, resources, and stories to inspire you to live an intentional life both personally and professionally, and to get comfortable defining success on your own terms.
I’ve known for a long time that my purpose in life is to support others on their journey to reach their highest potential, and that is exactly what I hope to do with my writing.
This is the first piece of a bigger puzzle, but it’s one that means a great deal to me.
It’s been an incredible journey getting back to writing, and I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me so far, I can’t count the number of times that your support has moved me to tears at my desk.
I chose Valentine’s Day as my launch date because this really is a labour of love in the truest sense.
The business is still still evolving and developing, but I just got to the point where if I didn’t find a place to start, I’d just explode.
If you want to be updated when the new site launches on Friday, just enter your email address below, and I’ll be sure to send you an invitation to come tour my new home online!
Thank you, and see you on Friday! (PS – here’s a sneak peak)