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November 3rd, 2009     |    Life

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Before I get into the topic of my contribution to the world, I’d like to share something which comes to mind every so often. I think many other bloggers may feel as I do about this subject. It’s about “when” I blog. I have found that if I can have a post updated at 7am CST, I can get up to 150 more visitors to the blog than if I post after 11am. In order to have a 7am post, I write the day beforehand. When I am able to get the post formatted, written, and photographed the day beforehand, I enjoy this blogging rhythm. But when things get busy at Jess LC or I take vacation or time off, that 7am post doesn’t happen.

I’ve noticed that I am beginning to feel guilty about posting late in the morning. Though I keep this blog as a service to readers, source of future book content, and as a personal journal- I think I’ve gotten caught up in the traffic and time line while missing my main motivation: to make a difference and inspire. Just sharing this with you right now, makes me feel less pressure to achieve perfect 7am posts everyday. And I thank you for your patience when posts launch a bit later in the morning. Phew. I feel better. Now let’s talk about why I’m here on Earth.

Why I’m Here on Earth (AKA: My Contribution)

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Have you ever noticed that a title of a certain book reappears throughout your life in things you read and hear? This has happened to me with two books, The Alchemist (a great book) and A Return to Love. Right now I am deep within Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love. There are many things I’d like to share, and today I’m going to start with a quote that ironically, I’ve had on my inspiration board for many years before reading (or knowing about) A Return to Love.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light , not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of god. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make and manifest the glory of god that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own  light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson

As I have spent more time devoted to MakeunderMyLife, I have found that my light is best shared through inspiring people in two ways. Some find inspiration and encouragement in my jewelry business and self-employment. To many, my story about starting the jewelry business at 15 and going full-time after college graduation makes the self-employed road seem safer and more traveled. Though unexpected, I think this is a great way to be of service.

But at an even deeper level, I personally feel, deep down in my gut, that I am meant to help the millions of women who live just like me. The women who live in well-developed countries with education, purpose, and the desire to live a meaningful life. I believe I am here to help those women, with boundless potential for good, uncover their vision and vocation which may be laying dormant beneath a mountains of mental and physical clutter.

If I can help those women become who they are meant to be, they will deliver their own individual contributions. And those unique missions will help in millions of people all over the world in millions of different ways.

In summary, I’m not personally here to find renewable energy sources, save endangered animals, or build houses in third-world countries. I’m here to help those who are meant to do those things, find and follow their vocation.

  • Jess, this is great. What a beautiful reminder! Thank you!

  • Joy

    Jess, You are living your life beautifully and in doing so have inspired me. Your enthusiasm for a simple couch reminds us to treasure (and declutter) our surroundings so we are continuously inspired by our own homes and lives.

    You are a bright light, keep glowing 🙂

  • Eva

    About your 7am post…I’ll keep on coming back through out the day…no worries 🙂

  • Thea

    That is one of all time favourite sayings (I have it posted on my fridge), but it’s actually called Desiderata and it’s written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920’s. Thanks for quoting it for others to read, it’s so beautiful.

  • Thea

    Sorry, wrong quote! 😉 Marianne Williamson’s is equally beautiful but I was thinking of another one that has a similar concept called “Desiderata”. I think you would enjoy it as well.

  • thanks for being real. and although you may get more readers if you post before 7am, those readers will return the next day when they see a new post is up. go easy on yourself and thank for the book recommendation. I love Marianne Williamson’s quotes so I’ll have to get this book. The Alchemist is pretty amazing as well.

  • i was fortunate enough to discover this book not long after it was published and reread it again every few years. the thought that the opposite of love is not hate, but fear, changed my life. whenever i find myself in a not so great place emotionally, i always ask myself, ‘what am i fearing?’ that question alone gives me clarity almost immediately and has enabled me to move forward in ways i never imagined.
    thanks for the reminder. x

  • I love books that can speak to us time and time again, thanks for sharing yours. I am reading Timothy Ferriss’s 4 Hour Work Week – and while it might sound like a new-age self help book, its actually proven to be quite helpful in many areas of my life. I know its one that I will re-read many times in my journey.

  • pve

    Jess, I too feel empowered when I know that I can help or inspire another woman to live a life of passion and meaning. I feel that this is extremely important now. It is either “fear” or “control” that will get in our way. Getting caught up in traffic or the time of posting is sort of like coming back to look at the visitors at your tombstone.
    I prefer to live for today. So no need to worry when you post, your readers will still love and adore you and your premise for your purpose.
    pve

  • @ All of you wonderful ladies: Thank you so much for all of the encouragement and support. And I’m going to let the worries about the 7am post go. When it happens, it happens.

    Thank you again. 🙂

    @ Meghan: I have heard of the 4 Hour Workweek. Maybe that one will become my next “must read.”

  • Lovely post, Jess! You are such a wonderful contribution to the blogosphere and the world! THANK YOU!

    PS. I LOVE The Alchemist, too!

  • I discovered this book when I first moved to New York. I love it! But it’s definitely time for me to go back and read it again!! I think Shelley’s comment is so true!

  • great post, inspiring and i now have another book to add to my collection. thanks for the recommendation

  • This is such an incredible post, Jess. And I’m reading it at 1 am. When thinking about the time, What would Tal say? Yes, I’m a bit obsessed!

    We have been on such a similar path for so long. And there is a strange type of guilt that often accompanies our unconventional path. I’m not sure if guilt is the right word, but definitely a need to share with others the lessons we’ve learned through intuition. Yikes this could turn into a blog post — my main point: keep blogging and sharing. You are making a tremendous difference to so many people.

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