Most days I have nothing but gratitude for my life. I struggle with finding the balance in the chaos. Balancing, work, play, workouts, healthy eating and a social life feels overwhelming at times. I’ve spoken before about the challenges I face with my own life and wellness. I have no desire to paint you a picture of someone who is perfect; perfect is boring. My imperfections keep me on track with work related to my goals in my personal and professional life.
On the professional side, my work as WELL in L.A. continues to positively surprise me each day. I am thrilled to be sharing the next chapter of growth as the site relaunches in the next couple of weeks. Feeling happy about WELL and its new direction has allowed me to seriously invest time in the other ideas stirring in my soul (and keeping me awake at 3:00am at times!). This life of chasing your dreams without the notion of a “secure job” is not for everyone. It’s unpredictable, a little wild and your carefully planned day will go completely awry without any notice some days. But I’ve never felt so alive and elated to begin each day.
My life isn't perfect; it is mine to create & live to the fullest each day.
Which brings me to another aspect that is less discussed in the freelance lifestyle, in particular the online/creative community: the reality of the negatives. My friend Rachel and I were discussing a series that has been popular in the lifestyle blogging community this year called “10 Things I’m Afraid to Tell You” (TIATTY lists, if you will), most notably this post from Jess Constable that sparked it all in March. My gut reaction to her list was to question the motive behind the post. Why share those kind of personal and intimate details with people you barely know? But the more I read through Jess’ site I realized how brave she was to share her TIATTY list. It takes courage to be authentic online. Until you are able to be authentic, you will not be successful. People clearly see through B.S. and the fake personas.
A few more glimpses of my life and inspirations.
Brave, bold and raw authenticity resonates and brings people together – it creates community. Jess sparked a movement by sharing her fears and realities. I’m not quite ready to list 10 ‘big ones’ in a public way. One of my biggest fears/struggles with developing a brand and an online business has been the notion of sharing intimate, behind-the-scenes details of my life. I’m a very private person (and more on the introverted side). It’s taken a lot of deep breaths to become comfortable with being online. Putting myself out there for judgement and ‘consumption’ if you will. Every time I share a personal struggle or victory, the connections and channels for my dream to help others opens up in wonderful and unexpected ways. I try to savor and focus on the good that comes from it.
What are your thoughts on sharing online? What are your boundaries/limits? And if you’re brave enough to share a fear you’re working to overcome, I know this community of readers is supportive and full of love.
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