If you read my previous post about 2017’s word of the year then you know that this year my intention is to improve myself, heal, and move on. I’ve learned that the only way to move FORWARD is to look back on my life and learn from it. Some people believe in not looking back but I think it’s really important to embrace your past so you can move on from it. I want to do my best not to repeat the same mistakes and I always strive to be better than I was the day before. The last 10 years of my life have really shaped me into the woman I am today.
I remember being 21 years old like it was yesterday. I was a budding entrepreneur merely 2 years into my journey of entrepreneurship and I had no idea what I wanted. Deciding to move forward in 2017 has challenged me to reflect on who I was, who I currently am, who I want to be, and who I’m not. The challenge I always face is being okay with me being me. I’ve always wished I had someone else’s path. I’ve always wanted someone else’s success. I work incredibly hard to make myself see that I actually have value. I knew that for me to move forward, I need to accept who I am and who I’m not. That way everyone can accept it too.
- A Christian woman – loving, giving, caring
- A wife, daughter, and friend – I have a responsibility to my loved ones. My friends are my family, always have been family to me
- An entrepreneur – I run businesses that are not related to each other, I’ve closed businesses that meant a lot to me, I’ve failed
- Organized – I somehow find ways to keep the chaos organized
- A leader – I have a passion for mentoring, I like to encourage other business owners
- Simple – I don’t like complicated, I don’t wear much make up, I don’t fix my hair, I’m relatively low maintenance
- Human – I make mistakes and I try to learn from them
I am not…
- Judgemental – Everybody has a reason for why they act the way they do
- Pushy – I let people make their own decisions, I don’t believe it’s my job to tell anyone what to do
- Materialistic – I don’t need an expensive car, a designer bag, or designer clothes. I enjoy memories with people and 1-on-1 conversations, impacting others, and making memories vs. material things. Let’s do lunch or get a drink some time!
- Tinman – I have a heart, a thin skin some might say. My feelings get hurt and it’s hard for me to let things go.
- Perfect – I have plenty of shortcomings and I have my strong suits. I’m finally starting to realize that it’s ok. Actually, not just ok, it’s great!
When I was preparing this post it really made me think about my life and what I want to be remembered by. Once I realized who I was and accepted who I wasn’t it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was as if someone was forcing me to be someone I wasn’t, that person was me. It was all self-inflicted. Embracing who you are is a lot harder than it may seem, but once the process starts to happen it’s the first step to unlocking your true potential! Take it from me.