I’m doing a May challenge on social media, and today’s prompt is “What would I tell myself a year ago?”
That’s a big ask. You see, this year has brought so many changes: professional, emotional, physical, and relational. Many of the lessons I’ve learned are best shared intimately, over a cup of coffee snuggled into a comfy chair in the corner of a coffee shop, rather than broadcast through a public forum or social media.
That being said, I’ll do my best to sum it up in a way that feels authentic, yet appropriate.
Finding Purpose When Things Don’t Go As Planned
Last year began with much confusion and uncertainty, as I let go of a relatively new career I had enthusiastically pursued but abruptly left after realizing that it was not right for me and my family.
Through a divine set of circumstances, I joined a life coaching group and found myself again — my true self. I rediscovered my gifts, passions, and dreams. For the first time in years, I could envision a future that excited me.
In searching for where to begin on my new path, I started this blog. I knew it would be a learning experience, creative outlet, and possibly lead to a career as ??? I certainly didn’t have it all figured out.
If I could tell my past self one thing it would be, “Go for it.” A little more than year a year ago, I started this blog, which has now led to a marketing/digital design freelance career. It’s something I never imagined when I first began.
I have ZERO regrets. I love creating, whether it’s in the kitchen, in my home, or on the computer writing or designing for a client, I am a creator.
I don’t have every step figured out. I’m about to revamp this website to better feature my business services. I’m learning all kinds of things I never thought I needed: SEO, Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, along with the nuances of various social media outlets. I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Go for It — In Every Area of Life
That piece of advice isn’t limited to professional pursuits. Go for it in your relationships too.
I’m learning to lean in, rather than pull away to protect myself. Share what is on your heart. Love the people in your life, without holding them to a rulebook of what they “should” be or do. Love them for who they are right now, because that’s how God loves you.
Embrace All of Life
Go for it emotionally, too. In the past I was afraid of strong emotions, whether good or bad, because they made me uncomfortable. I was afraid that it would overpower me in some way, swallowing me up in it.
This year I’ve learned to sit with the discomfort. Feel it all, and be willing to experience the negative emotion. It’s the only way to find healing.
When you suppress painful feelings, you also block yourself from fully experiencing joy. Also, those negative emotions will find their way into your life in other ways. Be willing to experience all that life brings – the good and the bad.
I hope this post blesses you in some way and encourages you to go for it! If you’d like to follow along for the rest of this posting adventure in May, you can find me on Instagram and Facebook.