Launching! The Journey of Resurrecting the Jade Dreamer
Hey guys... so I have this idea. I've toyed around for a couple of years with the idea of a blog but I've always stumbled over not trusting myself to post on a regular basis and the age old question... "What on earth do I have to say that can actually help people!?"
In the last couple of months, I've come to realize that even though I'm still figuring things out, I've been on a truly transformational journey the last couple of years and it's a journey so many people would like to take - they just don't know how. Here's where I can help! I heard a statistic recently that 99% of the world (that's the whole world) doesn't enjoy the life they are living and don't like their career. That is SO SAD!! I've been there. I've been in the spot of just showing up and doing the thing because it's the only thing you know and more importantly, YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU WANT! So you just stay stuck.
But if we're honest and self aware, there is always this little voice deep in our hearts and at the back of our heads crying out telling us what we really want. This internal pull and yearning for something more. Two years ago, I decided to listen to that Voice and my journey to resurrection has been amazing since then. Through a process of saying "yes" when it made no sense I reawakened the pieces of me that I buried so long ago I forgot. My Dreamer... the little girl who wanted nothing more than to sing, dance and act for a living. Oh and write too (hence this little blog and the novels I'm working on)!
I feel like Julia Child in "Julie and Julia"... "I've been searching my whole life and I finally found a career." For me it's more than a career... I found my passion. The reason I was born. I was MADE to tell stories - real, human stories that teach us self-compassion and how to have compassion for others. And I'll do that all the ways I listed above - acting, dance, singing and writing. It was all in me from the very beginning! I just had to take the time to discover it. So, here I am... going back to school when I'm almost 40 years old (feels crazy sometimes!!) and pursuing the life that I have always wanted because I honestly believe it is NEVER too late for anyone and all you have to do is say YES.
Today I had an AHA moment - Why not start this new passion by telling my own human story? I realized my journey can help others find their lost Dreamers too. The part of their heart that knows what it wants... it just needs permission to come alive. I've wanted to help people find their dreams for a long time, but I kept stumbling over the HOW because along the way, I've picked up a ton of tools and tidbits that helped me find myself again. When I tried to think of a way to share ALL of that in a blog it just felt overwhelming. This morning, clarity struck. I don't have to share it all at once and I don't have to plan how to share it. All I need to do is start telling my story... I can just share my life right now, the lessons I am and have learned and the rest will come out naturally "in the wash" as they say.
So, here's the plan and my commitment (mostly to myself!) For the next year, I'm going to post something every day specifically about rediscovering your true identity and your dreams. It will be short, honest and to the point... probably a quick recap of something that happened that day that taught me or helped me discover something. My hope is that as I share my story of discovery and risk and share truths you can apply in your own life you will be inspired to start your own journey and live the rich, full life we were promised by God (John 10:10)!
You aren't God. You don't have to know the end from the beginning. All you have to know is that you want something more and trust your own heart enough to follow that call.
Pick a direction and just go! You don't have to know where it will lead. God created the WHOLE universe and He is big enough move and shift you if you head off in the "wrong" direction. What you'll find, though, is that there is no "wrong" with Him. More on that later...
Know this going in... Risk and discovery are never going to feel solid. It's always going to feel a little wishy washy. Like you're walking in sand. You should know this now, so that when you feel that way you don't think you're doing something wrong. It actually means you're doing something right. Keep going.
PRACTICAL APPLICATION TIP - Take 20 minutes today to journal about the different areas of your life. Career, family, relationships, finances, fun, spirituality... ask yourself which areas feel fulfilled and which ones feel like something is missing - places where you feel stuck. Then pick ONE of those places to focus on and identify ONE thing you can JUST START that will take you on the road to discovering what it would look like to feel fulfilled in that area. This could look like identifying that you feel stuck in your career. Okay... what could you start today that would help you find what really makes you come alive? Maybe it's taking that pottery class you've always wanted to take. Maybe it's going to the park with your kids and playing soccer because you think better when you're moving... It's totally up to you and it will look different for every person. But the point is, identify where you want to see change and then slowly start to mix it up and see what you discover about yourself in the process.
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Love you guys and more tomorrow!