So it occurred to me today that although some of my friends may know my story, many of my regular readers don't know my personal journey that I have engaged on this year. In summary, this past October I left a very difficult, toxic corporate job without a sense of what I was going to do or how I was going to pay my mortgage or feed my children. In hindsight, this event threw me into a journey of self discovery unlike any I have experienced in my life so far.
I spent the first two months "recovering". I did little more than sleep, meditate and practice yoga. I tried to get as silent as I possibly could so that I could listen to my intuition and carve out a path that made some sense to me for my life. I have always been successful in my career so this experience had rocked me to my core.
As January rolled around, I realized my calling was to take all of my personal and professional learning accumulated to date and start Enliven Retreats. I feel a strong calling to help other people find the same kind of transformation and serenity that I have found in my life. I have spent considerable time developing a tried and true methodology that I use with my clients to aid them in finding sustainable transformation. I do this individually and with groups on retreats to exotic places. It is the most rewarding job I have ever had and I feel truly blessed each and every day and honored with every person that I get to help.
In addition to launching this business, I picked up many new hobbies and activities: I began practicing Tae Kwon Do, doing Zumba, strength training, studying "Mussar" with amazing local educators, got very active in my spiritual support group, jumped into cooking, started writing a blog and became a super present, engaged parent. I have made new friends and entered and exited personal relationships. I also have become very clear on my truth and who I am as a person and have been very true to this each and every day.
At Tae Kwon Do today, I was profoundly struck by the student creed that we utter each and every class: "I have dedicated my life to attaining the highest level of self awareness through knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart and strength in the body". Today I discovered that although I had, in fact, accomplished all that I mentioned above in the past few months, what I really have been doing is dedicating my life in this fashion and embodying this creed. Every single pursuit I have taken on this year is to enhance my self awareness either through knowledge, honesty or strength. What has become even clearer to me, is that whatever I decide to pursue next be it leading more retreats, engaging in more relationships or perhaps even working for someone else, I am super clear that this will be a life long pursuit and one that I will embrace with grace and excitement. I look forward to continuing this pursuit and supporting others in theirs.
The one constant in life is change. How we navigate that change is who we are. Creating sustainable change is a more deliberate action and gives us the life we want. This is what my practice and my life mission is all about. All of my life experiences, work history and spiritual journey have lead me to this path - to help others create transformation in their lives and live lives that they love.