Transformation is a Journey

“Transformation isn’t sweet and bright. It’s a dark and murky, painful pushing. An unraveling of the untruths you’ve carried in your body. A practice in facing your own created demons. A complete uprooting, before becoming.”

Victoria Erickson

The Awakening…

It wasn’t too long ago, that I lost my sight for where I wanted to go in my career. It was so unlike me as my goals had always been clear and my journey laid out in front of me.

But my journey became clouded as I started to doubt myself, doubt my capabilities and doubt my capacity to lead and grow. I also let negativity seep in and began to believe what some people, who did not have my best intent in mind, were saying to me about my limitations or their perception of me.

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Becoming Who You Are Meant to Be …

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.

Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Adjusting to a world that has changed …

In this new world of social distancing, we have all had a lot of time to experience life differently.

For some, it is more hectic, with children being home and spouses underfoot 😉, however it has also been a time where we find ourselves adjusting and becoming more.

Gaining more time, without a daily commute, has allowed me to be more active, focus on gratitude, and get in some expanded meditation. I also have realized that in this pocket of time, we can explore who we are without rushing from one thing to another.

Taking time to breathe…

Although the conference calls are back to back and the pace around me is still chaotic, reaping the time I have gained and committing it to self-reflection, I have learned some new things about the journey of life. I am embracing moments to expand and just breathe.

Some reflections:

  1. Starting the day with gratitude boosts positivity, and resilience.
  2. Meditation connects you to your inner core energy and provides insights to how you can unlock that energy in a positive way
  3. Motivation is intrinsic and extrinsic. We need both. And we need to be a motivator and motivated.
  4. A flexible mind (attitude) is a path to mental wellness.
  5. Strong, unshakeable faith is a solid foundation of strength. We can plan, plan, plan away our lives and yet, all of that can be tossed aside in life-altering events.
  6. When we genuinely face ourselves and cast away the self-doubt and the worry, we can become so much more.
  7. Always be open to growing… we can become more through experiences and interactions with others.

Life is a journey that is riddled with potholes. Some we can swerve around, some we have to bump through.

Unlocking who you are …

Knowing who we are and what we are capable of becoming, takes time with ourselves, and in-depth internal exploration. It also requires us to face ourselves in a clear way accepting our strengths and areas of growth.

Many times in my earlier years, I often looked to be validated by others. I never realized how unsustainable and fleeting that was.

Until I shifted my mindset and first learned to love myself, for who I am and what I am capable of, was I able to build that strong foundation of faith and self-love.

Final thoughts

We all have our internal struggles. Things that hold us back. Experiences that molded us. We can choose to let those experiences hold us back or become the momentum of change for what we can become.

When we unleash our inner fire, our inner core energy, and ignite the world around us with positivity and care, it can be a magnificent experience.

Be authentically you, love yourself, become who you were created to be, and Shine Brightly!

Samantha

Finding Peace in Times of Uncertainty

“You have brains in your head,

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”

Dr. Suess

Extraordinary Times…

These certainly are extraordinary times that we are all navigating.

Without prior experience and a lack of certainty, it is hard to find peace from constant worry, anxiety, and even depression thinking about what might happen next.

As an extrovert, a lack of social interaction, in person, is very hard. It weighs my energy down. And it is easy to feel depleted.

Therefore, I have found other ways to feed my energy.

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Giving Yourself Permission for Self Care

Self-care is giving the world the best part of you, instead of what’s left of you. -Katie Reed

I originally posted this on September 2019 and given the world pandemic, I felt this was much needed again.

I am grateful that these posts are being so well received. I appreciate the encouragement and the feedback on how these can get better. Thank you for taking the time to read, like, share and comment. I am still learning a lot on how to do these, like turning on ability to comment 🤦‍♀️. Now onto the story…..

The first step is recognizing you’re out of balance…

I have a confession. I am a recovering workaholic. You know that person, always online, perpetually busy, working towards unending timelines, deadlines, not taking time to enjoy the ride. The one that, from afar, looks so successful and joyful. The genuinely determined one, fueled by grit, but ignoring the real refueling energy, by taking time out of the hustle to take care of themselves. Yup, that was me for a very long time. My teams saw it long before I did, and I should have taken a clue when they gave me a cute book on being a workaholic. Looking back, I was just too busy to get it. 🤦‍♀️

Somehow, I got so focused on everyone and everything else, I left myself behind. I wasn’t even on my radar. Just too busy. I also had an executive coach, some years ago, suggest that I start meditating for 10 minutes a day. I thought she was crazy. How can you possibly be still for 10 minutes?

And on top of that, focus on breathing. What new age babble was that? I clearly wasn’t ready. And although I was growing in experience and learning new things, I wasn’t growing to my full potential.

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Paving Your Career Path

“Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.”

– Ralph Charell

Reflecting Back…

Looking back over my career, I realize so much, early on, was jumping into learning situations, taking risks, being fearless, and making lots of mistakes.

I didn’t take a ladder approach, although I did want to progress upwards in my career; instead, I took a lot of side moves to get the context I needed to drive more enterprise value.

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