I have always had drive. It’s true. I’ve always been motivated to do things BIG. Does this mean I am fearless? No freaking way. But I have learned over time that those scary things we do (for me-trying out for an NFL cheer squad, traveling to Ethiopia, having a child, starting my own business), the ones that make us want to throw-up but also give us butterflies thinking about it—THOSE are the things we should fill our lives with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yes, I too am all about #slowliving but in the midst of that, there is space for the big, bold, & beautiful that allows those slow moments to be all the more sweet & for us to get to enjoy them in the first place.
This drive is something that spoke to me loud & clear shortly after we had our son. I had lost it prior, but he brought it back to me through #theartofslowliving . That desire to listen to the murmurings of our heart & what sets our soul afire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How I lost it: When I was an educator that fire☝️was undoubtedly there. What happened over time was the burnout. The giving+++ & forgetting to take care of me. The creativity & passion were being snuffed by “the man.” I have an insanely special part of my heart for teachers. They are the most selfless, hardworking, important influencers of our time. But boy do they not get the credit & compensation they deserve.
How I got it back: Leaning in to a risk. Actively pushing outside my comfort zone into a business that would be run on social media. Who was I kidding? I never posted anything—how could this possibly work? It didn’t matter. I saw the success of others, & I was going to do it despite the fear. Sure getting to the top 1% or even gosh, the top 10%, may seem near impossible, but that is only true for those who aren’t willing to work, learn, & grow. I pushed against the “crab mentality” of what others thought & perceived that would pull me back down into the bucket. It’s crowded down there, & I needed air. That feeling of freedom that my son reminded me was out there.