I wrote a blog post a few years ago about the idea of being “big and bold”. It’s a lesson I remember from my childhood. My mother would always encourage me to go after what I wanted with the simple phrase “Be big and bold”.
Not everyone was raised to “Be big and bold.”
As women, there are so many things that can keep us from embracing our dreams. Some have generational programming or simply the belief that girls were never encouraged to dream big. Yet even with my mother’s words of wisdom, I still faced some struggles.
I always wanted to start my own business but thought it would look very different than it does today. When the opportunity arrived and I started my VA Business, I had no idea where I was headed. I actually didn’t even know the term Virtual Assistant!
In those early days, I did my research and quickly confirmed to what others were doing. I started a multi-VA team and became the project manager. I was good at the systems and processes that are needed to grow a successful business and continued to focus in that area.
Eventually, I was named a productivity expert by a business coach whose work I admired. That’s when I began to embrace my strength, eventually discontinuing my multi-VA services and specializing as an Online Business Manager.
Although I enjoyed my work as an OBM and saw much success, there was that nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach that said I wanted more.
Those who worked with me saw it and knew that I had a vision to play bigger yet I continued hiding behind the scenes. I was busy managing my clients’ businesses and teams. I was comfortable where I was, it was safe.
There it is – I was comfortable and safe.
I put my vision and my dreams on hold, always planning to someday move forward but never having a plan for when exactly that would be.
This is always a recipe for disaster. Over time, I lost my passion for what I was doing. What was once natural became hard and I knew resentment would soon be moving in.
Then one day, I lost everything.
There’s a part of me that knows the universe will push you if you don’t take action. My push was more of a swift kick that came out of nowhere, knocking me to the ground.
I was at a point where I had finally reached so many of my financial goals. I was enjoying a business that was seeing a level of success I hadn’t yet imagined. We remodeled our home and planned a 2-week dream vacation. Then, while on vacation, we were the victims of an arson fire.
A text message in the middle of the night changed our lives forever. In that moment, we knew we lost everything. We had no home to return to, we lost all our belongings, our cherished memories, and beloved cat.
We lost so much, yet in that moment I was overcome with such clarity and gratitude. What mattered most was that we were together and we were safe. Things can be replaced, a business can be rebuilt. I was grateful that my family was safe and for the friends, family, and complete strangers who rallied around us in support.
And, I had so much clarity about what was really important. I didn’t want to hide behind the scenes anymore. It was time to take the leap and embrace the life I always wanted to live.
As I rebuilt my life, I did it in a very deliberate way. From the clothes that I purchased to the paint colors in our new home. I set out to design the life I had envisioned many years earlier.
Once our family was settled in a new home, I set out to rebuild my business in the same deliberate way. I was finally living Big and Bold. I was doing more of the things that light me up and empowering women to do the same.
Are you living the life you have always wanted to live?
I could have crumbled – and there were moments where I thought I was. I remember thinking that if I wanted to quit, this was my chance. It would have been so easy to take what had happened and use it as an excuse to give up. No one would blame me. I could walk away from my dreams and admit defeat.
Instead, I took this tragedy as an opportunity to finally embrace the life I was meant to live. It was my big push to move forward, to face my fears and stop hiding behind the scenes. It was time to silence that little voice deep down inside that knew there was something else I was meant to do.
This was my wake-up call – In an instant, I clearly understood that life is too short to wait for tomorrow and that the life we are so comfortable in now, can change in an instant.
What would it mean to embrace your dream?
Would it mean writing that book or speaking to a large audience? Is it starting a business that you have always dreamed of so that you can spend more time with your children? Would it mean going back to school to finally finish your degree?
What are you waiting for? It’s time to chase those dreams and fully embrace who you were meant to be.
I’m on a mission!
I don’t want you to wait for a tragedy to push you to make a change. I want to help you take steps today that will move you closer to the life you always wanted.
Take a moment to think about those little changes you can make each day, the clothes that you wear, the words that you speak, the things that you bring into your home, the thoughts that you think and of course, the people that you surround yourself with.
If you have that nagging feeling that you were born to do more, it’s time to do something about it. Take the time to discover your purpose, find your super power and create the life you were meant to live.
When you are clear on what you want in life and in your business, everything you do after that should move you closer to that goal.
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