Do you sometimes stop to see how far you've come in the past few years? Today was such a day for me.
Three years ago, I had accepted a position in a corporation. I felt like I had closed the door to every creative or fun dreams I had.. Although I made myself look at the bright side, this wasn't truly what I wanted to do with my life. After a month or two, I found out about Marie Forleo & her online program B-School. I chocked up when I discovered a proven methodology to create & life I loved. It didn't take me very long to enroll! I was doing the modules during my train commute but I didn't have a clear idea of what business I wanted to start. Maybe I could be a writer? That was after all the creative passion that I'd wanted to pursue just before accepting my new position at work.
The following year, I heeded the advice given in B-School to "start before you're ready" & researched literary conferences. I stumbled upon Grub Street's The Muse & the Marketplace & purchased a pass to their event that was going to happen the following May. Once there, the surge of gratitude & inspiration I received was almost overwhelming! On the last day, I shared with a fellow aspiring writer that I was determined to leave my job by the end of the year to pursue writing full-time. My soul was crying out, begging to be reunited with her creative outlet! I wrote in the train, at a nearby university, in coffee shops – but it wasn't regular & work was ever more demanding. By the end of 2013, I had no plan whatsoever that would allow me to make the transition. In fact, it was getting more difficult than ever to write.
That winter, I got sick almost every week: migraines, back ache, depression, flu, colds. My body was giving up on the stress & total lack of purpose. And one evening, as I was getting off the train, I decided to stop this insanity. It was now obvious that there would not be a "good timing", even less a perfect moment. My partner understood right away & we started planning how we would carry on financially without my income. We agreed to give ourselves one year for me to build a profitable business – & there was no plan B. It had to work. I quit at the end of June 2014 & following through with this decision calmed by ills & unease.
For the remainder of the year, I learned a lot about doing business online & I began writing my novel Sunburst. It also became obvious that publishing novels was a lengthy process with uneven success. I was worried about my commitment to be profitable within one year: it seemed impossible!
So, in late November (on Black Friday exactly), I scheduled a clarity session with a business coach. I was anxious to make it work – whatever "it" might be. During our call, I connected to everything that lit me up, that gave me energy (including writing, but also traveling, yoga, feasts with friends, organizing events). I had thought about organizing retreats before but hadn't really followed up on the idea. This time, it sprang into life so vividly, it was obvious that this was what I had been looking for! I began my coaching sessions in January 2015 & I've never accomplished so much, nor have gone beyond so many limitations. Steadily, I'm making it happen & I feel very confident in myself & my business idea.
Three years ago, I was hopeless & today, I am in complete transformation! Our gathering will happen in June this spring & I've never been happier to have invested + believed in myself. Today is a special day as I reflect back on the journey & appreciate how far I've come.
Share with me something you are proud of having reached, I'd love to know!