shining brightly

October 11th, 2012   |   LifeThink About It

This week two different thought chains have intertwined in my mind and left me with a pretty profound conclusion.

I’ve been mulling over the discussions on career intentionality and also contemplating my new phase in my own personal life.

Given all that has shifted over the past seven months for me, there are moments where I hardly recognize how wonderful my life is. Though it’s far from any version of “perfection,” the intentions I have set forth for my life have created an optimal reality.

And what I now finally understand is that instead of feeling guilty for having such blessings in my life, I should be celebrating them. With you. Not because I want to brag or try to talk anyone into living a life like mine, but because that is what we need more of in this world.

We need more people who love the life they lead. People who take risks and buck convention, when needed, in order to achieve the life they want to live. 

I marched to the beat of my own drum. I’ve made sacrifices. And it’s paid off.

That is something to celebrate.

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

 - Marianne Williamson

In the discussion about women and careers it’s time we start walking the walk instead of just talking. It’s time we start showing our imperfections, our intentional trade-offs, and celebrating our successes.

My mission is to share my happiness with my life so that I can be an example of someone who has found a way to live a life she loves. Everyone has their own bliss to follow. By sharing my path to personal fulfillment I hope that others see that they may also shine just as brightly in their own way.

It’s time we start shining, ladies.

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  • marissa

    thank you, jess! you make me believe that i CAN shine. and you remind me that i have to stop looking for whatever brand of “perfection” i think i should be achieving in my life, focusing instead on celebrating all the wonderful things in my life.

  • http://accountingthedays.com Amy

    I absolutely love this! You are such a great role model for entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs. Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.pursuitofhealthandhappiness.wordpress.com Ella

    Love this post! Thank you for such encouraging words!

  • http://www.dawniellebadin.com Dawnielle

    Bravo! Absolutely fabulous!

    I have just launch my own business in a field I didn’t get my degree in but am passionate about and I am about to start a personal blog. I’ve been struggling with writing the first few posts, but this is really inspiring. I need to just put it all out there, my strengths, my weakness, everything. The only person I can be is myself.

    Thank you!

  • Karen

    I have been reading your blog for a while now, and typically never comment, but I just want to say, I love this post. Thank you for all of your thoughts on living intentionally. Congratulations on all of your happiness!

  • http://ajigreer.blogspot.com Amanda

    Such an important message! I hope to love my life someday, too, and when I do, I want to feel confident sharing it! This post reminded me of the one Maggie Mason posted today: http://mightygirl.com/2012/10/11/what-if-money-was-no-object/.

  • http://www.sweetsweat.wordpress.com erin

    Love this! I’ve been struggling with creating my best life lately – and figuring out what direction I want my career to go – and this is exactly what I needed to hear… thank you :)

  • http://www.rubyreddesignstudio.com Linda

    Jess! Yes!

    I love when you’re so encouraging – there’s just not enough of that going around. We all need to be told how wonderful we really are once in a while, so I’ll say it:

    You’re Wonderful. Go have a bright, shining weekend!

  • Lori

    Jess, I love this! You are so real and down to earth, which I why I look forward to reading your blog every single day. You are a true inspiration to me!

  • http://www.lemondroplove.com Lemon Drop Love

    I can’t agree with you more, Jess. I am so ready to give my dreams a shot…i can’t even tell you. You are such an inspiration to all of us! I completely embrace the movement for women to be happy and lead the life they want. Because, really? why not? You deserve it, ladies :)

    xx Jen