Have you ever had one of those moments? One of those life changing, flip you on your head, spin you around, throw you out of this world amazing but scary but invigorating and exciting and wild all wrapped up in a “what in the hell just happened to me” pretty little bow?
That. Is. Childbirth.
My name is Lindsay. I’m a mom (clearly) but I’m also a wife, a nurse, a friend, a daughter and more recently I have taken on the role of a virtual wellness coach. “Taken on” seems to be a fitting description as it was never a part of “the plan”. Anyone else out there in a constant state of trying to make your life fit into a nice little plan? I can’t be the only one!
Life changing experiences, though – well, they change “the plan” and this I KNOW to be true. Okay, so maybe you’re not a mom. Maybe you’ve never experienced what I described above. But surely, there has been something. Some moment that as a result, defined you. A moment that you take with you wherever you go. A moment that changed you, molded you and formed you in some sort of grand way into the person that you are today; in this very moment. Think about it.
And no, I’m not talking just a good experience here. Although, that’s what we like to discuss. The good stuff – the rainbows and butterflies. I hate that phrase more than anything but for some reason, our society continues to use it. So I’ll continue to give the people what they want. Don’t you think it should be changed to something more like, “life’s not all tacos and tropical vacations”?!
Back to the point, what is your moment? What has defined YOU? What changed YOU? Like, changed you forever.
Life Changing Moments
Yes, childbirth is what did it for me. For you – it could be death. It could be marriage or maybe even a divorce. Your moment could be the formation of a tragic relationship or even the end of one. It could be the moment you landed your dream job or earned your college degree. Maybe a move across the country. Or maybe even the day you walked into your cooperate office and told your boss “I quit” .
Think about it. Hold that moment close.
Have you experienced it more than once? Not in reality but in your mind. Have you re-worked the details over and over again? Thought about it, memorized it and F-O-C-U-S-E-D on it?
I had Emma, my first baby, in a whirlwind of emotion. The nurse placed her in my arms and in an instant, my life changed. Then life went on and we moved through the next day and then the day after that. We went home as a family of three. I started to live life in my new normal and the emotions continued to flow. It wasn’t until about two weeks after she was born that I was able to really reflect back on the moments that lead me to believe that my life had, in fact, changed. After that wild, invigorating, emotion filled afternoon of laboring with her and birthing her into the world – everything had changed.
I took that moment, actually that entire day of emotions to reflect on how things had changed for me. Most of all, how was I going to react to these changes? What was I going to do to live up to this new role – to this new reality that is now mine? Over the course of that I day I came to a realization. I was meant for more, I was meant to do better and I was meant to BE better. What exactly that meant – I really didn’t know. Here’s the thing, we don’t often know the how and that’s okay. Knowing the WHY, however, is everything and it’s just enough to get yourself started in the direction of pursuing your greatest desires.
Life Changing Opportunities
I stepped into the seemingly scary and unknown world of network marketing and became a “wellness coach” overnight. It is an honor that I can say that I am now the CEO of my own business, which is really kind of cool as I have the opportunity to work during early mornings and nap times. I have grown in ways I never knew I could and I have taken risks I never thought I would. I have learned to truly understand the importance of loving myself, honoring my body and SHARING with the world how it has blessed my life and made me a better momma, wife, friend, nurse and daughter. It all started with that moment – the one that changed me. Have you pin pointed yours yet?
So, here’s the thing with life changing moments. They are just that – life changing. Often times, world shifting in some way or another but how often do we honor that? Like, really take the time to think on the event and express gratitude. Even for the “bad” ones. If something shifts the way that you think or has changed your life in some way or another, there has got to be some sort of recognition there.
Recognize & Reflect
And that’s the point here. Take a moment to recognize your life changing moment. Reflect on it, honor it and give it the time and energy that it deserves. After all, it changed you and it changed you so profoundly. Give this moment the appreciation that it deserves and then, TAKE SOME ACTION. Start with taking steps, even just one simple, small step – to make something of it. Make something of yourself! You and your life changing moment deserves it.
Go out there and pursue whatever passions or purpose that has been pulling at your heartstrings since that very defining and invigorating moment and share it with the world.