…yeah, that’s happening <3
Here’s the rundown:
One of the pages I follow (likely a productivity hack or motivation site, can’t remember which one) had mentioned the book The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results as a MUST-read. Whoaaaa buddy, was that SPOT-ON!!
I downloaded the audiobook immediately and listened to it the entire weekend as I drove from Daytona to Miami to FINALLY meet and skate with Anthony Dunn, and then listened to it again on my drive to and from Cross City for the hardest effing thing I’ve ever done on skates with my spirit sisters Hammer and Cinn. It was the perfect preparation for Mark Divine and Ramit Sethi‘s Hell Week challenge.
Two weeks later, I attended PodFest. I was totally a fish out of water. I hadn’t ever listened to Podcasts, let alone considered making one. The closest I’d ever gotten to podcasting was over 10 years ago when a friend asked me to call in weekly for her podcast…something Harry Potter. I don’t recall much since that was back when I was getting high all the time and thought it would be a riot to be a Potted Potterhead. Needless to say, my guest spot didn’t last very long. Now that I’m clean and sober, I’m able to see things MUCH clearer.
At Podfest, something clicked. I realized there’s something here. So, I started listening to podcasts. LOTS. Binge-listening. I flew through the entire series of MFW Motivation, The Mentee, The Unbeatable Mind Podcast, and The Charged Life with Brendon Burchard. A realization hit.
I can do this.
LOVING Geoff’s suggestions in The Mentee, I did what he recommended. I connected with people…including Geoff.
Since then, SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED!!
I’ve been recruited as a coach for The Weight Loss Nation.
MY BOOK GOT PUBLISHED!!!
I started my own podcast (links here)!!
Podcast hosts that I’ve been following are following me (WHOA WHAT?!)
Interviews lining up!
GUYS I’VE BEEN CHEFFING ON THE SIDE (cuz sometimes dreams take a bit to catch up and the rent’s still gotta get paid, yo).
Clients are finding ME!
I auditioned for and got the FINAL spot for Elevate Daytona!!!
I’m coaching clients on food, sleep, mindfulness and fitness!
I TEACH YOGA AND GROUP FITNESS. OMG <3
Interview lined up with WNDB Daytona Beach!
SO MUCH MORE COMING UP!!
MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!
For over 20 years, I wanted to feel significant, I wanted to serve people, to inspire people, to give people what I wish I could have, to provide for folks and give them what I desperately needed – HOPE. Insight reaped from experience, and strength forged from battle.
My whole life I struggled with addiction, feeling worthless, insignificant, obesity, abuse and neglect. These things have all served as an enormous blessing. Now I know what it’s like to be on the other side.
I heard something profound in a meeting the other day – there’s a vast difference between someone stuck in a well crying, and someone stuck in a well, crying with a hand outstretched asking for help.
We who take action will get results.
For over a year now, I’ve been coaching people in wellness, providing help and resources to help people develop a healthy lifestyle. Between running various groups and challenges, I’m learning SO much about what it takes to be a success coach, a leader, and a diplomat. These people have taught me SO much! There’s no money in doing this – I’m doing it to be of service, to help people, to give value, and to grow. Sure, I wonder how the eff am I gonna cover this-and-that expense, but the fact of the matter is the bills can wait. Somehow, over the past year, I’m still in the house, I still have the car, and the lights, gas and water are still on. So instead of worry, I keep letting go and letting God.
The best part is that I’m finally living in spiritual alignment. I’m at an amazing place in my life where I’m of service, doing what I love, and somehow, it’s all working out.
So, I don’t care about how I’m living (though it’s fantastic that I still have a roof over my head and a place for my rescues), because why I’m living, waking up early every day, putting in the time and effort and putting great stuff out there is what matters the most. My heart is content. My recovery is STRONG. My communities are happy.
There have been so many close calls and crazy moments in my life and it’s a miracle I’m alive, standing (or sitting as I write this), breathing, and in the relationships that I’m in. The friends I have, the mentors I’m working with, the members of the communities I run, the people I’m connecting with in recovery and the clients I’m working with have affected me profoundly. In this process, I’ve learned to be VERY selective with whom I invest in – this isn’t a knock on anyone, it’s a proven methodology for success. The only way to rise to the level we want to be in is by being around people who are THERE. We can still love the people we have always had in our lives, and they can still be there. It’s a matter of investing time wisely and making selective, mindful, weighted and objective choices.
My sponsor has helped me so much with making decisions, though she says every time I ask, I already worked out the problem. It’s been super important for me to run things by her to have someone back me on a decision. There have been a few things that she’s guided me in the opposite direction of where I thought I should go, because I felt compelled to act out of guilt instead of do what’s actually right for me. As we say in recovery, “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.”
Every day when I go to bed, I thank God for another day clean and sober. I thank Him for the gift of recovery. I thank Him for every blessing in my life, and every lesson from the challenges. They all serve a greater purpose – to help me give this world the best version of myself possible.
The conversation I had today merits a post by itself, so I’ll get on that later. In the meantime, I’m just so fortunate for every moment I get to be alive to experience this. I finally claimed it. I finally declared that I want this, that I deserve it, AND that I’m doing the work and taking the action to make it happen!
This is happening!!!
I hope this helps bring you some light and inspiration, and if there’s ANYTHING I can do to be of service to you, please contact me ♥
In love and light,