Before being fully self-employed, Labor Day was just another Monday I had off when I worked in corporate america. With nothing to else do, I always found myself doing 3 things – The first was wishing I could rewind time and make it Friday evening again, second – wanting some BBQ, and lastly, evaluating where I was, and trying to find a way to turn my talents into a paid career.
With 2 transplants, a pregnancy that almost killed me, and a horrifying car accident behind me this has turned me into a graduating student in the school of LIFE IS JUST TOO DAMN SHORT! . I have it burned into my frontal lobes that tomorrow is not promised. To Anyone. Period.
I had a revelation yesterday that almost everyone that I know is painfully unaware of that. The people that I am surrounded by have so much light, and are my natural go-to’s for ideas and encouragement. However they seem so discouraged about their life situations. What I am saying is that they root for me and for others, but at the same time it seems that they cannot say one cheer for themselves.
Recently, I had coffee with my girlfriend. Now to me homegirl HAS IT ALL! She is gorgeous, has a position at a company people would kill for, married to someone who adores her, has creativity that can run circles around mine, and to top it off, she came to coffee wearing these killah red pumps that she found for under $50.00! What the hell?!
We shot the breeze and caught up with all that was happening with my life and in hers, and she revealed to me that she is not happy. Eye-squint-lean-in-moment…. She let me know that there is something, that we compared to a ‘heartburn’ like feeling that she wakes up to everyday. That feeling is telling her that she is not doing what she was created to do. She knows that she was created to help people. Especially women and teens. She wants to help them find their “inner fabulousness.” She also has the gift of event management. Which she later told me that when she gets to plan weddings it makes her feel alive inside.
But everyday – day after day – she wakes up to a feeling of dread. WOW.
I thought about this on my way home. I am surrounded by people who have encouraged me to work for myself, and follow my dreams, but yet they remained imprisoned by their own situations. Including my husband, I thought of no less than a dozen people with obvious talents, that want desperately to change where they are in life, but keep waking up and doing the same thing over, and over.
Now, Two things I am sure of: 1)more than likely you are in this same situation. AND 2) I have no flipping idea on how to help these people I love the most in my world.
What do you tell a person, who does not have joy in what they do, or go through life on empty? There are the obvious things, prayer, journaling, etc.
How do you leave the world behind and what it expects of you to follow your own heartburn?
What is your heartburn? Are you one of these people, who wakeup to DREAD? Or, have you jumped into your bliss?
Well – Since our conversation my girlfriend has set a date of October 1st – to see whats up with that HeartBurn of hers! She has a plan, and a passion, and enough fabulousness to go around! I wish her the absolute best!