Personal Development

Oh, the places you’ll go!

Have you ever stopped to wonder how you got to be where you are today?  Surrounded by the people you are surrounded by and in the situations in which you find yourself?  I do.  Dr. Seuss put it best, “You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.  Some windows are lighted.  But mostly they’re darked.  A place you could sprain both your ankle and chin!  Do you dare to stay out?  Do you dare to go in?  How much can you lose?  How much can you win?”

I have been in that place.  Not happy about where I was in life but unsure what to do about it.  Blaming others instead of looking inside myself.  Waiting for something to happen but not taking action.  Trying to be everything for everyone but not feeling successful.  Feeling like life was passing me by.  I continue to struggle in so many areas, especially that of perfectionism (check out Perfectionism is Procrastination), but am trying my best to not only identify my areas of struggle but to move beyond them (check out Battling Perfectionist Procrastination).  My vision is that by putting my own breakthroughs and lessons learned out there, that I am able to help someone else on the path they are traveling.

Do you know what else I’ve learned about those deep, dark places?  They make you stronger.  More resilient.  Wiser.  As a mom, I tend to put my kids before myself and this is a slippery slope because if you don’t fill your own cup, it’s tough to fill anyone else’s (check out Who Are You?).  Moms are people too and need to have goals, passions, and hobbies which make them come alive (check out mine at Dressage Lessons About Life).  We spend so much time caring for others that we also need to feel cared for and fulfilled.  Social media is awesome but sometimes we have a tendency to compare ourselves to others and this can definitely lead to feelings of inadequacy (check out Confessions of a Mom).  This continues to be an area of growth for me and I would love to connect with other moms also growing in this area!

The place that I currently find myself in is as a wife to a wonderfully caring and funny husband, a mother to three incredibly rambunctious and assertive young children, a nurse and educator, and a student in a full-time graduate nursing program.  The past few years have been the toughest of my life but also the most fulfilling.  Although your places may be different than mine, chances are pretty good that you are facing challenges in your life.  I would like to help you overcome those challenges.

“So … be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray, or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So … get on your way!”  I am so excited to see what tomorrow brings!  How about you?

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