Last week I gave my first talk.
I spoke to a group of 100 + men & women of all ages at a luncheon. Many of my friends and family were there; but also many people I didn't know.
I wasn't nervous because it is my story after all, but I had never prepared a talk to such a large group of people before, so that in itself was a new experience.
The talk was for me to tell my story; based around my brand; Have Some Fun Today. What led me to this project and how I created it out of thin air were two touch points for the talk, but as I started to write it out it lead me to go back further to my entire life.
I literally retraced my steps from early childhood perceptions, the messaging from my parents & my formative life experiences. Looking with awareness on how those important moments throughout our upbringing affect our ability to withstand outside pressure and make decisions that affect the course of our lives.
Reliving many turning points in my journey helped me piece together why I had the tools during my journey to take risks, why I sometimes went down paths that later had to change course and how having some forsight, courage and determination made all the difference in where I am standing today.
I think what is interesting to me now after having done this, is that now I can look back, see it and learn from it again in a new way.
I see how we can use stories like these to understand that we are not prisoners of our current situation unless we choose to stay there.
I now see that it is possible to decide to change our lives if we are willing to dig deep & do the work.
I can share my story with others who are unhappy in a job, in a relationship, in a marriage, or with some aspect of your current self. You can change whatever you decide needs to change.
It is not easy.
It is entirely up to you and your willingness to sacrifice a way of being that is no longer serving you.
Dedication, courage and self love are three things that I needed to get to where I am now.
There have been countless times I felt alone, misunderstood, conflicted in my path and looking for signs to help me navigate the unknown.
I had to look in the mirror and see the weaknesses and fears and acknowledge them. I had to own them. I had to be ok admitting I don't know how to do so many things that my journey was requiring I do.
I had to be ok asking for help.
I had to be ok not socializing in the way I had known before.
If you are unhappy in your life or any part of it, there is hope.
And not that I have reached my destination yet; but I now have a glimpse of a life I constructed out of choices, decisions, sacrifice, sweat and tears.
I know it is possible to change.
And that my friends is what Have Some Fun Today is all about.
Namaste and Have Some Fun Today:)
Love & Light,
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