Life is Perfectly Imperfect
I lost my mom who was my best friend 3 years ago in February of 2020, and my brother Braxton a little over a year later. A challenging period in my life and a painful reminder that life is not always smooth sailing. But, I took the time to feel in order to heal, I trusted myself, my faith, and the process. All of which helped me get to the other side fractured, but not broken. The love and support I received from my friends and family was heart healing, and it taught me one very important lesson. When life gets tough I don’t reach for my armor and go it alone, I call in the Calvary. Losing my mom and brother was the hardest thing I have ever gone through, and at the same time, it taught me so much about love and life. When I think about them I am reminded that the time we have on earth is short and precious, so it is important to do the things you love with the people you love.
As I write this blog about why I do what I do, I am grateful for all the seasons of my life. Some provided great joy and others brought tears of sorrow. The totality of my experiences and the people I have met along the way have influenced the path that I have chosen. But, my mom was the single biggest influence in my life... she was the spark. She was curious, a lifelong learner, and she taught me to love life with a childlike abandon. Life is not always smooth sailing and I can't dodge sadness and loss, but my mom also taught me that darkness is temporary. She will always be there holding the light to help me find my way.
As I reflect on the experiences and the people that have impacted my life, I am clear on what has influenced me and why I do what I do today. My life’s journey has not been a straight and perfect path, but it was the right one, and I am grateful for every step and misstep along the way. A milestone moment I vividly and viscerally remember was 6 years ago. I was faced with the biggest career choice of my life. One direction was safe and kept me embedded in corporate American, and the other was the path less traveled and held more uncertainty. How do you know which is the right path to take? You align your purpose with your passion, you trust yourself, and you put in the work to build your life’s work. I took the path less traveled a launched my business, Empower Health America. It has not been an easy road, but I have loved the process of creating something I believe in and I am grateful that I have the opportunity to impact people's lives every day. Don’t play small and live a life fueled by fear, lean into the life you are meant to live and pour your energy into the things that light up your soul.
I started writing my life story about 4 years ago and it was a powerful and cathartic exercise. My story was in soft focus as I began writing it, but it became crystal clear when I finished. I now know why I do what I do, and I am grateful that I don't view it as work, but rather an opportunity to make a difference in the world. Life continues to be full of twists and turns and it is beautiful and messy at the same time, so find the joy in both.
I encourage you to pause and consider where you have been, where you are, and where you want to go, and as you reflect on your life be curious and kind to yourself. Reflection will give you the gift of awareness. A gift that will help you see things more clearly. Let your past inform what you want to take into the future, and remember you don’t have to bring it all with you. You can learn from your past, and choose to carry forward the things that light you up and serve your higher good.
My life remains perfectly imperfect, and I am happy that I have found a purpose that brings meaning and joy into my life. I hope you find your path as well. If you are interested in reading more about what motives me to do what I do click here to learn more.
What is the spark that fuels your passion for what you do? How have your past experiences and people influenced the life you are living today? How can you use your past to fuel your passion?
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