Life is hard. We all know that. And I certainly realize how easy I really have it in the grand scheme of things. I have an amazing support system both personally and at work. I have a healthy and happy child. I have a great husband. I am closely connected to my family. I have amazing friends. And I work in my passion each and every day.
But no matter who you are, how much money you have, or how many blessings you can count in your life at this very moment, life is still hard—for everyone. It is hard to find our way. It is hard to stay on course. It is hard to get healthy. It is hard to stay healthy. Relationships are hard. Work is hard. Finding your passion is hard. Saying no to things that don’t align with your purpose is hard. It is hard to grow and reach your potential. It is hard to grow up. It is hard to grow old. It is hard to lose people you love. It is hard to change. It’s hard to step outside your comfort zone to be all you want to be while you still have time.
But at the same time, life is wonderful. Life is full of opportunity. Life is beautiful. Life is a gift. Life is what we make of it. Life is short and now is the time to live our dreams. Life is Love.
It has been a while since I have written one of my “life” posts. You know the ones where I talk about my life’s journey and what challenges I am facing, what is inspiring me, or what life lessons I have learned of late.
I have been going through a lot of change in my life, mostly inspiring and a little bit challenging. A lot of fabulous mixed with a dash of scary. Much of it fulfilling with a pinch of frustrating. But something has been holding me back from writing about it all, even on my favorite day of the week,“Self-care Saturday”. And maybe that’s because I have fallen off the proverbial wagon—the self-care wagon–just a bit. Life has been getting in the way of taking care of me. And when life gets too hectic, I get writer’s block. Or a mental block. Or both! I have wanted to push through it all and put my thoughts on paper on the blog, but have felt paralyzed–or just mute, really.
Interestingly, I just read this post from my friend Kelley, and she seems to be in a similar place in her life. Her current challenges sound akin to my journey over the last two years. And when you are making big changes it feels nice to connect with others because of shared experiences. Doesn’t it make you feel comforted to know that you aren’t the only one feeling this way–that you are normal? Or if you aren’t, there are other “not-normal” people out there like you. This isn’t the first time that Kelley’s and my life have aligned. And I don’t think that is a coincidence. In fact, I don’t believe in coincidences. I would call it Divine Intervention and the Universe at work.
So it’s no coincidence that Kelley’s post has inspired me to push my thoughts out onto the blog, even if it is hard, because she is doing the same. And she also reminded me that my journey is meant to serve many of you, so keeping it to myself may not only hold me back but may hold you back too.
Earlier today I was listening to Oprah on the radio in my car and she asked this question…”What gifts are you meant to bring to the world”. Do you know your answer? I know part of what I am supposed to do is use my life’s work and life’s challenges to teach others. It is my purpose. It is my duty. It is my job. And one of the best ways I can do that is to write about it all here on the blog.
Not long ago, Mastin Kipp, author of The Daily Love, said he gets writers block too. But he just has to “suck it up and write” because it’s his job. So even though it feels a bit more difficult to write at the moment with all life’s distractions, and even when I am tired, and even when I don’t want to, I will do it anyway. Because it is my job.
Thanks for following along as I once again share my life’s journey with you—the good, the bad and the beautiful. I have so much to tell you…a bit of business, a bit of life and a lot of design. Let’s do this together.
Now I’m off to rest up on what’s left of this Self-care Saturday because I have a lot of writing to do…starting tomorrow. 😉
p.s. And speaking of tomorrow, be sure to tune into OWN for Oprah’s Life Class Sunday night for part 1 with Bishop T.D. Jakes. I was in the audience last week in Dallas for the filming and I can’t wait to see it again. The Bishop is phenomenal!