What It Takes to Dream + Achieve


If there is one advice I could share with my younger self, this would be it: follow your heart and stay true to yourself. Growing up, we never really mean to lose who we are. But it can happen. My wrong turns are what I like to call them, my learning opportunities. I have tested and proved that no decision can be a good one, if in making it, you’re going against what you value and respect.  I’ve made so many errors in my young life by taking work, partnerships, or pursuing new opportunities that, in my heart, I didn’t value or respect, but I did so because I thought I had to. Since these roadblocks, I have made my life’s mission to figure out who the hell I actually am, and just be that as best I can. Pretty simple right? Oh but wait, you might say, easier said than done. And you are partly right. These past two years have felt like quite the identity crisis. From taking time off school to switching majors, I did not know what direction to take or what path made the most sense. Let alone know the reason of my existence. Reflecting back, that time was a scary moment for me and I somewhat still feel that fear lingering. It's like the real me got left by the wayside and is out trying to hitchhike its way back home.

So I decided to pack my bags and leave. Well, it actually took me a lot of manifesting and a little planing. The Universe works in wonderful ways as I find myself writing this blog post all the way in Port Dover, Ontario, where I will be until Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy the captivating Canadian autumn. Get your writing materials and sit down for a quick lesson because moving forward, you will be:

Learning how to stop bullshitting is the key to your best life. You have to go out in your dusty old car and drive around as long as it takes for you to find the hitchhiker that is your true self and bring him/her home. And then, you have to teach your true self how to stop getting lost. You have to integrate even the parts that aren't so good. Your true self has to feel loved, accepted, validated and welcomed in order to be willing to stick around. 

Learning how to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow. Discover new places and new faces, I dare you. Yes, it might be scary, but isn’t overcoming the fear worth it? Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” How powerful that would be to make a conscious effort to do what scares you? What would open up? New friendships? New opportunities? Start out by making a list of three things at the beginning of the week and challenge yourself to do each one during the week. Make it fun and see what good things transpire. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Learning how to fiercely believe in yourself. If one wants different results, one must first change their thinking. Download this simple assessment that will trigger thought and reflection. To goal here is action. What’s in it for you? What about the life you are meant to live? As Muhammad Ali quoted, it’s the repetition of affirmations that lead to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.



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