This morning as I woke up and thought about what I am truly grateful for (the practice we are doing this week as part of the 12-week Accountability Group), I couldn't help but think of all the amazing people I have in my life. From friends and family, to my incredible network of Foster Women. If you're reading this post, you are one of the people that I am truly grateful for... and not just because you're reading it. :-)
Five years ago today, began what has been the most meaningful 5 years of my life.
Just 90 days before this day, I was feeling trapped, frustrated, and utterly miserable. I was in a vicious cycle of lack. A lack of fulfillment. A lack of happiness. A lack of purpose. A lack of energy.
I mustered up every once of courage I had in me to walk away from a business I had spent the past 12-years co-building.
I was ready (and scared shitless) for change. I was ready to do something that kept me closer to home. I was ready for more purpose, more meaning and more fulfillment in my life.
I wanted happiness. I wanted to feel like what I was doing each day filled me up. I wanted to help people. I wanted to share my experience and guide others on their entrepreneurial journey.
I wanted to live a life that I knew deep down I was meant to live. I wanted to live a life worth celebrating.
As I write this, I'm filled with so much gratitude for those that have supported me over the last five years... family, friends, women that have trusted me with their businesses, their passions, their futures.
I am grateful to those that show up, that bought my books (and read part or most of them), that partake in my programs, that ask me for help and those that have helped me along the way. I truly truly love you all.
We are given ONE chance at this life. One chance to let others know how we feel. Tell someone today that you're grateful for them. One chance to make an impact. What can you do to change someone's day today? One chance to serve others. How can you serve and help someone else before you help yourself? One chance to write our story. What's the story you want people to tell about the life you had, the person you were and the legacy you left behind?
We lost a legend this week. Growing up watching Kobe on and off the court was watching a legend write the best story he could possibly write. He worked his ass off. He made an impact on others. He served. He loved hard. He was an amazing man and father. He was a supporter. He is gone way too soon.
We don't know when our time is up. Tomorrow is not a guarantee.
Don't wait one more day to do what you can do today. To do something you love. To tell someone how much they mean to you. To make an impact. To serve. To be grateful.
Write your story and make it the BEST STORY EVER. If we all try to be our absolute best selves, think about how much better of a life we would all have. Think about how much happier you would be thinking positive thoughts, being grateful for what you have and doing what you love.
Every year I have planned a celebration around my business Anniversary. With every intention to get it done, life got in the way. Not in a bad way, just too busy in a good way. Rather than feeling disappointed, I woke up with gratitude for the all that I have accomplished in the last 5 years. I started this business with nothing except passion and drive and a desire to help and serve others. And today I feel FULL!
This morning, I woke up to this text message, from one of my very first and favorite clients: "In February, (my next event - stay tuned) we will toast this incredible milestone. Today, quietly embrace and acknowledge all that you have achieved and all of the women you have inspired and guided. It's been a remarkable five years. So proud."
Don't wait for an Anniversary to celebrate.
Don't wait for tomorrow to do what you can do today.
Make every day count. You only get one chance at this life. Celebrate it!
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