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