The other day, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across a post from one of my favorite self-help authors, Gary John Bishop, that evoked a surge in me and reminded me that I am on the right path with my life.
He said, “The real risk is not taking the fucking risk in the hope that it will all turn out.”
God, did those words resonate.
As I happily type this next sentence, I find myself at a local cafe, bright-eyed and optimistic with a work ethic and thirst for life I haven’t felt in a while. As it turns out, my decision to leave the only job I ever knew (twenty years worth), to take a leap of faith with my sister, is feeling like it might have been one of the smartest risks I have ever taken.
Currently, my days are spent creating gobs of stellar content and inspiration for you and, since I now have nothing but time to put a full-court press effort in the blog, I feel like, more than ever, I am truly creative and inspired.
When you are bogged down with stress it can stifle your ability to create. All I am feeling at this moment is that I am surrounded by an abundance of everything that is good in the world.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive to the fact that working for yourself is a massive responsibility. Entrepreneurship is no joke and also, transitions can be rough. However, doing what you love for work has really made this current transition a lot easier. I weathered the transition with some tears and tough times. That was to be expected, but I am settling in now.
Goodbye stress and guilt. Hello, joy and attainable balance.
If this new life is my drug, then I am addicted.
I am addicted to the way I feel when I get to start and end my day working on this blog. I’m addicted to the way my kids feel knowing I’m around; they are experiencing a bit of a transformation themselves.
I am addicted to the newfound balance that allows me to be a better, more present mom while balancing this career I never thought I could have.
I am addicted to living my life on my terms.
With my recent addiction, some other habits have developed, but they are all the kind that are actually good for your health and well being.
Now, my day starts at 5:30 am—which is quite the contrary to my old morning routine—the old me would sleep until the last possible second, rush my kids (and myself) through the morning and then get behind the eight ball every single day. Talk about stress…
As promised (by me, to me), I make time during my day to exercise and the sheer thought of knowing that I am no longer sitting for eight straight hours brings me the greatest joy I have ever known.
From a time management perspective, I finally feel like I am rocking it and getting shit done!
I have implemented the use of timers to ensure I stay on task and move on when the time is up. I am also obsessed with my Day Designer planner as it has a page and section dedicated to every single day of the month. This planner is the first to really help me tackle my to-dos. I am glad we came into each other’s lives when we did. LOL!
I was afraid of my inability to manage my own time. Time management is and will always be a hot topic in my therapy sessions, but my therapist is confident the workflow and production will be functioning on full blast once I settle into my new life as a full-time blogger.
Case in point, the real risk is not taking the risk at all.
I am finding my way in this new creative space and each day proves to be better than the last. My journey, even in its infancy, is living proof that the risk is worth it. Life’s journey is not linear and everyone’s is different and where you start doesn’t have to be where you are stuck.
If you are reading this and are in a space in your current life that doesn’t serve you or make you feel whole, know that there is nothing that can’t be changed or made better. It is never too late for a do-over. The best part is it is entirely up to you if you choose to take the risk. It’s worth it.