Embrace the unknown

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Change Management | 0 comments

The idea of the unknown is, at times, completely terrifying. What’s going to happen if I’m not following a plan? Where am I going if I don’t know where I’m going?

Somehow, over the years, I’ve become more comfortable with the unknown. Life rarely goes according to plan, and even less often do things turn out the way I expect they will.

I’ve been in many situations that changed when I didn’t want them to, but looking back, the changes seem to have a positive affect on my life. Of course the positive affect isn’t always something I notice at the time, but looking back, I acknowledge the blessings even unwanted change brought me.

Some years ago, I had a job I enjoyed at a company I enjoyed- until my company was bought out. I had a lot of anxiety about the acquisition and my new role- it wasn’t a role I would pick for myself or even something I thought I’d enjoy. Looking back, that company and that job provided me with great friendships, great professional experience, and I even enjoyed the work! When the acquisition was first announced, I was filled with fear and uncertainty, but of course it all worked out just fine, as most things do.

I’ve also experienced those transitional times in life, where I don’t know exactly what’s next, but I know what doesn’t work but I don’t know what does.

Years ago I went through a divorce. My marriage certainly didn’t work out the way I wanted, or the way I thought it would. The end of my marriage changed my entire life plan; I didn’t know what was next. Once again I was fearful and uncertain.

I find myself facing the unknown again today. My professional choices haven’t helped me meet my goals, and so I find myself without a plan. At least temporarily. Do I adjust my strategy? Do I rethink my goals? Am I on the right path? What is the right path?

Today, I’m not afraid of the unknown. I’m embracing the unknown. I’m feeling patient, peaceful, and purposeful. I don’t know what’s next, but I know life is full of opportunity.

I’ve done a lot of conscious and intentional work to get to where I am today. Maybe all I really need to do is get out of my head and let the next step happen. Maybe what I thought I wanted isn’t really what I want at all, and I’ll find myself doing something I love- even if it’s not what I thought I’d love.

I know that real happiness isn’t about getting what I want, it’s about wanting what I get. It’s making the most of what I have.

I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I know the next step. I’ll tell you one thing, the next step involves continuing my path of enlightenment and growth, which includes writing this blog. I hope you’ll find patience, peace, and purpose reading about my journey, and it will help you navigate your own. :)

embrace the unknownPhoto via Sean McGrath

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9 life lessons I learned from my puppy

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Personal Development | 0 comments

Having a puppy in the house is an everyday adventure. It’s daily lessons in humility and kindness, joy and laughter. The most important lesson of having a puppy is that it is me, not the puppy, that needs to be trained!

I have learned many lessons from my puppy, and I’m learning more every day.

Xander, 6 weeks

Life lessons I learned from my puppy

01. Patience

Puppies require a lot of patience, and it’s good practice for life. To be patient I must stop thinking about what I want, when I want it, and how I will get it.

02. Play

Play one of life’s greatest joys! It’s too easy to get caught up in responsibilities, fears, stress- even good stuff like progress and goals. My puppy reminds me to take time out to play every day!

03. Communicate clearly, and with love

Puppies aren’t born knowing how humans want them to behave. They don’t know what we want unless we tell them, and they are eager enough to please when we do.

If my puppy makes a mistake, it’s my mistake, not his. I need to clearly communicate what I want, and be loving when mistakes are made. After all, we’re learning together! And that goes for human-to-human relationships, too.

04. Mistakes are okay!

Yep, mistakes are okay. They are expected. Maybe, just maybe, they are even good. Mistakes are part of the learning process. Mistakes sometimes even lead to new and wonderous discoveries! It’s true, just ask penicillin!

05. Be curious

Puppies get into everything, and I do mean everything! It may seem like a hassle to this human, this human who knows exactly what she’s doing and has a plan and working on that plan every day.

Many wonderful ideas and innovations happen when I stray from my path and discover what else there is. Be curious! Try new things! Beauty and experience are all around you- enjoy it!

06. Feel scared

Sometimes life is scary, and it’s okay to feel scared. It’s okay to say I’m scared. I don’t have to be tough all the time, and I don’t have to let my fear keep me from trying something new. It’s enough to feel scared and proceed anyway- especially if there’s a reward involved!

lessons from a puppyXander, 9 weeks

07. Make messes!

Oh, us silly humans often avoid making a mess of things- at least this human does- but making a mess can provide all kinds of fun and messes can be cleaned up.

08. It’s just stuff

It seems every day something gets destroyed around the house, but you know what?, it’s just stuff. And it reminds me that I don’t really need as much stuff and I sometimes think I do. And, really, it’s all just stuff.

09. Give love

Puppies always have a kiss, a hug, or a snuggle and I want to be like that, too! Okay, maybe I’m not going to snuggle a stranger on the street, but the idea is to give love and give it freely, to myself as much as others.

dog training or human trainingXander, 6 months

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Find Your Inspiration

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Achieving Goals, Change Management | 0 comments

I lost my inspiration. I lost it for a long while. I wondered if, when, and how I might find it again. In the meantime life had plenty of ups and downs to keep me busy.

A few weeks ago a spark of inspiration started to burn again. It’s not something I did, not really, though my choices did ignite the spark. It came, not from within, but from without.

It started during conversations with wise friends, and continued when I attended a networking group of like-minded individuals, and finally my spark burned bright during a transformative seminar.

Hello, old friend, it’s wonderful to see you again!

The lesson I learned from this experience was the importance of spending time with people who are doing, or aspiring to do, just what you want to do with your life.

Now the hard part was doing something different than I’d been doing. I had to make my personal growth more important than my excuses to sleep in, to binge-watch tv shows on Netflix, to do anything and everything that was keeping me stuck but somehow seemed oh-so-important at the time.

You have to get out there! Find your people, find your tribe, find the supporters of your truth! Listen when someone tells you about an event they’re attending and get off your keister and join them!

And speaking of events, I am extremely excited to attend Awaken Your Impact, a 3 day event in Phoenix in September. I’m out of my slump and ready to awaken! Boy, am I ready! Watch out for big things from me!

And remember what I said about listening? Yeah, this is an opportunity to find your inspiration, too.

community inspirationPhoto credit Hamed Masoumi

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