After I published my first book, I realized that I wasn't the only one who struggled with a loss of self as a wife and mom.
Have you heard that saying "She's fragile, not like a flower, but like a bomb"?
That first book exploded out of me onto the page so FAST. Always in the back of my mind was the question of whether or not anyone else would "get it". But once I learned what had been keeping me stuck, it became an urgent MISSION to share what I had discovered.
And then came the feedback. So many women contacted me to say that they felt like I had written the book just for them. Many even felt that I had written the book ABOUT them, they resonated so deeply with my own experience.
That's when I realized that there was such a need for more conversation around this common milestone in women's lives.
I've dedicated the past decade or so to learning, and sharing what I've learned.
And any time I work with someone for the first time, the journey always...
In my youth, I envisioned myself as the master of my own destiny. I had things I wanted to do, and no one was going to keep me from doing them.
One of my first entrepreneurial endeavors was hosting a "kegger" when I was 16 years old.
I know, super-shocking by today's standards, but all I can say in my defense is... it was the 80's.
Hundreds of people showed up and had an amazing time, and when it was all said and done (and I had paid for damages to the venue), I had made a few hundred dollars (and earned myself a TON of street cred).
My belief in myself at the time was unshakeable and could be summed up nicely in the old saying, "The world is my oyster".
Twenty-five years later, I was driving down a country road with my 4-year-old son in the backseat, when the rear-end of the truck started bouncing sideways on the gravel.
A couple of failed attempts to correct, and one blown tire later and we flipped before I knew what had happened - but not, apparently, before I had...
Diamonds are formed under intense pressure. So too, are we shaped and forged by "taking the heat", so to speak, of life's experiences. At our core, we're honed and strengthened by overcoming adversity and challenges.
An extraordinary, natural, somewhat violent phenomenon brings diamonds to the earth's surface where they can then be discovered and undergo the process to reveal the beauty inside. Think of your true, authentic self as that "diamond in the rough" fighting its way to the surface. There comes a time in our lives when we say, "Enough's enough". When we realize we're no longer willing to live by others' expectations and we experience a powerful desire to show up in the world as who we really are, regardless of what others will think or say.
For me, and perhaps you can relate, this manifested in my early 40's, in the feeling that something was missing from my life, like I was partially invisible. As if, in a movie about my own life, I'd play a supporting role,...