Mega Crazy for the MegaConference!
I've never been much of a "joiner", and in fact have preferred a more "loner" status, choosing to face challenges all by my lonesome. Even in moments of despair or need I shied away from support, thinking, "I should be able to do this on my own." The irony of it all is I am a health & lifestyle coach! I empower women to say, "YES, I need help!" and then give them the guidance they so badly crave. I tell them everyday, "There is no rule saying you've got to do this on your own," and yet for the first 3 years of my practice, that is exactly what I did! I worked tirelessly to build my business, never once reaching out to a mentor to show me an easier path. "I'm a smart girl!" I'd say to myself. "What do they know that I can't figure out?" It wasn't until I realized it had nothing to do with brain power or muscling through that I released my desire for control and opened myself up to receive what I desperately needed.
Courage is essential in asking for support because with the ask you admit that you don't have all the answers! (Cue scary music.) It seems ridiculous as any rational person knows they cannot have all the answers to every concern EVER, but it's a different undertaking all together to be vulnerable and openly admit it. And yet with such an admission, it feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off your shoulders. You feel lighter, freer and suddenly have more space to shift into the changes you want to make.
In the interest of full disclosure, I've always had a laundry list of TO DO's. A list, which for years I thought had to be fully accomplished for me to achieve complete and lasting happiness. Quite a tall order, don't you think? Especially when some of the actions items, like #3 and #4- Lead thousand-person workshops and Get on Oprah!, might take a little bit of time. Knowing what you want in life is great, fantastic even, but holding yourself ransom until you get it is not. Withholding joy, love and self acceptance until you hit all your must dos, keeps you stuck and closed off from the goodness that might filter in if you just relax and enjoy in the here and now. I'm not saying chuck your TO DO list out the window, but by shifting it to a DESIRES list and looking at each intention with reverence and excitement, the list no longer seems like a job, your anxiety loosens and lo and behold, happiness appears!
As support and community are huge themes for me this year, I am THRILLED to be attending the upcoming Institute for Integrative Nutrition MegaConference on March 3-4. In fact, I've been asked to be a VIP Live blogger for the event and can't wait to let you know how it all goes. The line-up for the event is amazing and lots of AH-HA moments are guaranteed. I'm particularly excited to see the brilliant Geneen Roth whose writings have inspired me for years and Gary Taubes, whose articles on fat and sugar both rocked my world!
Above all, the conference will be a BIG dose of love, fun, community and warm fuzzies to remind me that YES, life is good, happiness is mine to have now, not later, and it's the process of my DESIRES list, not the end result that holds all the joy and contentment I need.
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