Ever been guilty of overthinking before taking a step? Planning until you realize that the planning itself has taken over the "doing"? I have, and this blog is an excellent example of just that. Wanting to start it, drafting posts, thinking of the messages I could promote... but not DOING it, because I didn't really think it would be good enough, clever enough, original enough. But then I just sucked it up and took the leap. Scary? Yep. Worth it? Hell, yes.
This, my small space, gives me a place to express what I'm pondering, in hopes that the ideas might resonate with you, too. All the years of thinking, "I really should (start a blog, get a business off the ground, get a "thing")", were NOT a waste of time - they helped lay the groundwork that got me to this place. But I knew sometime I would need to take a bold step.
And what a thrill, after having started Life Coaching, after co-founding The Goddess Network (I like to say that my friend Dawn Southey Hills and I "held hands and jumped" into that - how bold!), after kick-starting what is becoming my new passion (teaching Mindfulness to elementary school students and Meditation to adults), that I would then learn a whole lot about being bold. AFTER starting to do all those things. I can now look back and say, "uh-huh, didn't necessarily feel bold at the time, but that's what I was."
I recently spent an amazing day with the brilliant Joanne Minaker of Cared Humanity (www.caredhumanity.com) , as she and her wonderful team presented a one-day retreat called Bold Life Care Advance. The idea behind this event was that we can be bold with care - care for ourselves, care for those around us, care for ideas and passions. I learned a lot that day, and embraced the areas of my life which need more boldness, as well as joyfully looked into the rear-view mirror to see places where I took bold risks.
Those of you who know me and have worked with me know that it is my desire to help people recognize that they are Enough. The empowerment needed to take a bold step, for me, at least, comes when I believe that I Am Enough. Not that I WILL be enough when I get a degree or lose 15 pounds or get a job or clean my bathroom, but that I Am Enough already. Boldness + the belief in Enough go hand in hand for me.
What about for you? Want to talk about that? I'd love to listen to you.
Even the graffiti in my neighbourhood park reminds me: we are "ENUF".
Yes, even you.
Life Coach, co-founder of The Goddess Network, mother, wife, friend, sister, daughter, cookie baker, dedicated laugher, volunteer. Passionate about women's stories and the women who share them.