Well, I could not be happier to be home for a while from my crazy travel schedule. I love my job, but the trick is to make sure I love my life. And isn’t it funny how life has a way of reminding you that you are not as “fancy” as you think you are? I mean Monday I was partying with Martha Stewart and now, not so much.
Two days ago…my first day back in the office in so long I could hardly remember what it looked like, I had a tag-a-long 7 year old because before I could even get to work, her school called to tell me she was sick. Yep! One Dr’s appointment later, she has a virus and sore throat so home she’s been ever since. And THEN, I completely forgot an appointment with a client while I was caring for my little honey. LORDY! I can’t remember the last time that happened. Guess I will be kissing their “tushy” for a while because it was TOTALLY my fault. Ugh! How embarrassing!
And so is the “Dream” life of a working mom, right? It happens! But the interesting thing is that this is exactly the life I want. The life that allows me to enjoy and experience everything the glamorous worlds of design and travel have to offer paired with cuddling an achy child, smelling her Hello Kitty Strawberry Shampoo scented hair, and fighting off a 7 month old Shih Tzu who is eating our sock-clad feet as we watch a plethora of Nick Jr. TV shows until we all fall asleep in “mommy’s bed”. And even cleaning up the messes I make when I forget appointments or get behind with client work and having to make it up to clients who hopefully as mom’s themselves, will understand.
I am a lucky woman. I really do “have it all”. And yes sometimes it feels overwhelming. But mostly it feels amazing. And I wouldn’t trade any piece of my life…the good, the bad or the hectic, for anything else. I am clear on that. Yes, there it is. CLARITY! Bam! I am CLEAR that I am living my Dream Life. I’m not waiting until someday to make that happen. I am living it NOW.
What about you? Are you living the dream? YOUR Dream? Are you even clear on what you want in life? Do you know whether you love the life you have or are you always thinking the grass is greener somewhere else? Or telling yourself…”one day”?
I think very few things are as important in life as Clarity. And as I work with other design clients, designers and creatives in both my design and consulting businesses, I find that clarity is scarce. Most people don’t know what they want. And they are listening to what other people want for them.
But wait…most people probably do know, but are afraid to say it. There it is…FEAR. That ugly little thing that keeps us from getting real clarity and having the courage to go after our dreams.
What are we afraid of? Fear of saying what we want out loud because someone may judge us, or worse yet, laugh and ridicule? Fear of saying what we want out loud because then we might actually have to work hard to make it come true? Fear that if we choose one thing or a few that we want, we might have made the wrong choice and we will have regret, so better to just do nothing about reaching our dreams instead.
Well I don’t think you need a reminder that Life is Short. So what will it take to make you reach for your dreams? Money? Time? Guts? All three? Probably all three, yes! But isn’t everything worth taking the chance? Nobody ever regretted going after their dreams, but many people regret not even trying to have the life they envision.
Just this week, I took a big leap towards my next set of dreams. You see, you can’t make it all happen alone. No one ever succeeded by themselves. I have surrounded myself with amazing people who invest in my visionary thinking and support the actions it takes to make my dreams come true. It is astounding the kind of talent I have in my life and I just added one more.
So today, I am grateful for normal life (for better or worse), motherhood and nursing a sick little girl, the AMAZING and dedicated ladies of Team Tobi (Brooke, Ashley, Bebe, Stephanie and now Cheminne), and mostly for Clarity and for the guts to follow my dreams.
And yes, my “Normal” life ain’t so normal. But it’s amazing. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m not leaving anything on the table at the end of this life. I’m going for it all. Full board. No holds barred. It’s on!
Will you join me? What are you waiting for? Life is Short.