3 Life-Changing Lessons I've Learned + Joy's 2nd Birthday!
Since my daughter's birthday is May 1st, I always begin this month on a high note! April seemed to fly by and while that fact is a bit disorienting, I'm pretty buckling down had something to do with it. Publicly and behind-the-scenes, I worked harder than ever last month, and I intend to continue into the month of May and beyond. After experiencing an extended season of challenges on every front, I'm blessed to say I've emerged with a newfound energy and focus. In the past, difficult moments would completely halt my progress because I lacked the courage to confront the source head-on; now that I know my triggers, I'm better able to address them before my anxiety gains traction and threatens forward movement. It's not easy, but then again, true growth never really is.
In that vein, I wanted to share three valuable lessons that have come to the surface as a result of that period of pruning and purging.
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3 Life-Changing Lessons I've Learned Recently
1. What comes down must go back up.
January through March of this year were rough, but I knew that wouldn't be the end of my story. Instead of giving up and laying down, I pushed harder and kept going in order to be productive, even when the pageviews weren't there and didn't feel like doing a damn thing. I resisted the urge to give up, opting instead to do something for my business every day. There were times when I fought to check just one item off my to-do list, and that was okay. It was still movement in the right direction. And you know what? When April came and readers began to take notice, I had content and freebies waiting for them.
2. Turn your problem into someone else's solution.
For so long, I really didn't think I had much to offer anyone. Yeah, I have a college degree, but I've been a stay-at-home mom since 2007; what knowledge could I give to anyone? Turns out, everything from my marriage to my birth stories to the Whole30 were experiences people wanted to hear about and learn from—how cool is that?! In fact, the basis of my very first FREE email course deals with simply helping people avoid mistakes I made during my first Whole30! Having two rounds under my belt has given me so much information about what works and doesn't, and I want to share that with people so they can finish the program strong. The course is coming soon, so sign up for the newsletter to stay informed!
Do you have an issue you recently solved? Chances are, more than a few people are wrestling with the same situation and could use your expertise, so give it to 'em while your results are still fresh! Not only are you offering value by helping others, but you begin the process of positioning yourself as an expert on the subject.
3. Work first, rewards later.
May I just say how much I hate the the truth of this point! It's the hardest lesson for me to accept because it deals with all of my weakest areas: impatience, laziness, lack of focus, procrastination, immaturity—ugh! And yet, it is the most meaningful of the bunch. Before our lives imploded, my husband and I were...spoiled, coddled, entitled assholes. I know those words are harsh, but that doesn't make them any less true. Just about everything we wanted was handed to us, under the guise of "help". Unfortunately, the assistance we'd come to rely on was really a means of control; as soon as we stepped out of line, our financial security was revoked, and replaced by threats, harassment, and ostracism. However, by opening our eyes, God in His infinite grace gave us the opportunity to save our souls, experience the value of work, and model its value to our children. Being independent is difficult at times, but it has been so worth it because we not only have love and joy, but for the first time in our lives, we also have our self-respect. Rewards are awesome, but knowing you've put in the work to earn them?! That fact elevates the prize even more.
Now, because I don't want this to be a completely serious post, here's a few shots from our little celebration for Joy's 2nd birthday! It wasn't fancy, but you know what? We celebrated our beautiful daughter by having a stress- and obligation-free day at the Children's Museum of Denver followed by inhaling some sweet treats from Glazed & Confuzed Donuts. Not a bad way to spend a special day, if you ask me.
How about you? What are your goals this week? We're almost midway through 2016; do you have any words of wisdom to share? How are you making this year different from the ones before? Let me know in the comments!