The alarm clock jangled, and the first thought that came to me was THE LIST: what do I have to do today? Phone calls, emails, meetings, appointments, projects—all of those ‘have tos’ needed to get done ASAP!
At some point in my life I had adopted The Rule that I had to keep every moment in my day filled with stuff to do. I had to keep the family going—meals, laundry, activities, cleaning, cooking, etc, etc. You know the drill. And I had to maintain at work—full time in non-profit management.
All of this frantic motion had purpose, right? To take care of everyone else. It was what I perceived made me valuable to the world. It was what made me feel worthy.
Except what I really felt was spent, done, empty. Something was missing. There was nothing left of me or for me. I identified with what I did to define myself, but the true sense of ME was fuzzy. I didn’t own my value.
I began to have health problems. I created lots of drama in my personal and work life, and constantly felt overwhelmed, stressed, and numb.
Until one day I knew I could no longer live this way. I was done and I was ready.
I took the leap of faith and invested in myself and began to explore how I could create a more meaningful life. I connected with other women who were also ready to make a change in their lives and together we supported one another on our unique journeys. It was and continues to be very empowering to spend time together in a safe space where I am accepted and held in positive regard, and continually reminded of my distinct gifts and talents.
I stopped wasting energy and time on drama and on trying to fit in to please others, and began creating a life in alignment with my values and purpose. I learned how I could use my unique gifts and talents to contribute my best self to my family, my work, and my community. Amazingly, I found that I could accomplish more of what was really important to me with more ease and less struggle.
Did I let go of anything? Yes, those things, people, and activities that no longer served me fell away.
Was it hard to do? At times it was, but less difficult than my previous lifestyle, and so much more rewarding.
Is it hard to learn how to live a fulfilling life and owning my value? No, in fact most of the principles of living life in alignment with my true purpose are simple; AND it takes practice to break old habits. I’m a work in progress and probably always will be, and I'm loving the journey.
My life is now meaningful and purposeful; I know when to say yes and when to say no thank you; I practice habits of fulfillment so that when I am serving my life purpose, I’m not giving it all away and feeling empty; instead I am perfecting the art of give and take so that those I serve and I both get what we need from our shared experience.
I am living the Savvy life that I created and owning my value—and you can too. It takes just one first step to be on your way. You're worth it!. Click here to get started!