Originally, I wanted to create a travel blog and website to discuss my love of Disney. I still love Disney, but through my own personal development work I’ve switched gears to become a life coach. This transition took quite a bit of time to decide, work through and bring to life.
I’ve overcome some big challenges in my life. Divorce from a difficult marriage, moving across the country, rebuilding my life from the ground up, and learning how to love myself again and allow others to love me in turn. In that time I’ve developed quite an arsenal of tools to help me have love and compassion for myself. In that growth I decided to follow a path to become a life coach so that I can help others.
Things aren’t perfect, but they are really good right now. I still struggle sometimes with depression and anxiety. I have my days where I would much rather sit on the couch and watch one of my many streaming channels instead of confronting the uncomfortable feelings I have. Instead of confronting them and being upset that I’m having a hard time, I lean into those feelings. I honor them and speak out loud why I’m mad, angry, pissed-off, sad, depressed - insert any negative emotion here. Sometimes I journal about them, sometimes I take a walk, or sometimes I just sit out in my backyard. I’ve found that it’s far easier to honor those feelings than to try to force them out.
What about the good times though? If I’ve worked with life coaches and a therapist, shouldn't things be better? On the whole, they are a lot better. I keep a daily gratitude journal to remember the amazing things that happen, even if it’s seemingly insignificant. Gratitude happens when I finally clean out and organize my kitchen (that just happened and it’s glorious), or even if I enjoy a short nap while I’m on summer break. I love to create art - mainly in my art journal, but I have a huge studio setup and I don’t know that I’ve ever met a craft project I didn’t like. Good times come when I spend time with Jake, whether we are on a vacation or relaxing at home. I find joy and happiness in the life I have found and continue to cultivate out here.
I welcome you all to the blog and the new direction of my website. I’m excited to explore some of my own challenges, growth, gratitude, joy and tools to help you make all of that happen in your life. You’ll enjoy some of my writing based on my travels still, and some of the lessons and ideas learned on my journey. I’m here to cultivate compassion and love for you, and help you learn how to bring that compassion to your own world. Welcome back!