I’m Still Here. What Are You Doing?

[Taps mic]  “Is this thing on?”

I’m still here! I know my posts have been few and far in between in comparison to the good ‘ol days when I first started writing, but so much has transpired since then that my time is more limited now. When I first started this blog I was truly trying to find my way and figure out my next move in life! I was dead serious about making sure that I follow my passions and find a career that would suit me in that regard. Every post (nearly every day) was a post to keep me uplifted and focused whether it be giving you spiritual food for thought or posting recipes or talking about travel. I was just “doing me” knowing in faith that things will work out. Well, they did!

Now I’m in school studying to be a Health Coach, but I’m also diligently working my travel business, among other things. I’m learning a lot about marketing and social media so that I can be a force to be reckoned with one day. And I’m networking and meeting new people — potential business partners and friends — so that I can surround myself with others that will encourage me to be the super successful person I was meant to be. After all, if I am the average of the five people that I hang around with the most then I need to get on the ball. I’ve been spending a lot of time with 2 and 3 year olds! LOL.

But seriously, have you heard that expression from Jim Rohn before?

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

ID-10054136Take a moment and think about that. Who do you spend most of your time with? Are they encouraging you to be the BEST YOU that you can be either by their words (encouraging) or by their actions (them already being successful)? Or do you and your friends just talk about reality TV or trivial things and hang out partying all the time? That’s fine here and there, but is that all you really want out of life? Is that the highest expectation you have of your friends? Don’t you have a desire to do more or be surrounded by those that inspire you? I’m not trying to judge you if that’s what you want to do, but seriously think about it. I think you want more for yourself. You were put on this earth to do great things. And by great things, I don’t mean that you have to become famous. Helping others is a great thing. Giving your time to worthy causes are a great thing. Finding your passion and doing it is an excellent thing. I’m just saying don’t let life pass you by. You don’t want to grow old and have regrets. Let me put it this way. If you died today, what would be your proudest accomplishment? What would you have written in your obituary? Is that OK by you? Think about that . I’ll wait…

Steve Jobs sums it up best when he gave the commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. Check it out for yourself. Let it digest and then let me know what your obituary would say.

-CB

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Quarter One Update

3-moToday makes three months I’ve been blogging. It went by so fast! I said I would do a progress update on today so here goes.

Since my last update two months ago, more exciting things have been happening for me. In these last three months I’ve been trying to figure out what my calling is. What can I contribute to this planet to make it a better place? How do my passions align with a new career? They all seemed so disparate from each other – travel, food/nutrition, spirituality. I did receive a freelance writing position writing about food and travel so that was a great starting point, but what next?

After thinking about and researching several different career options, I narrowed it down. Because I’m still finalizing some things I don’t want to make the announcement until next week, but I can assure you that at this three month mark, I have discovered what it is I would like to do next and I am beyond excited!

When I was going through all of my possible new business options, I listened to my intuition to guide me on whether or not it would be viable. One thing I already knew about myself is that I have a new business idea every day. And they are all great ideas. What I had to learn is that I can’t do them all. The other thing I had to learn is that just because I enjoy something, is it something I would enjoy for the long haul? A great example of this is when I sold Mary Kay for a brief minute back in the ’90’s. I was excited at the “make people over, sell beauty products and get a free car” aspect but wasn’t keen on getting customers. My heart wasn’t into Mary Kay like that. While she seemed to be an awesome woman I just didn’t feel comfortable trying to sell her make-up to others. Truthfully, I used other products as well and I wasn’t loyal to her only. So, while I enjoy making over others and doing my own makeup, I quickly realized that selling makeup, in general, and promoting Mary Kay, in particular, were not my passions nor something I could see myself doing for the long haul.

What it all boils down to is if you are still searching for your “calling”, listen to your intuition. You will know if it feels right. But you have to be honest with yourself. If there is an inkling of doubt or something in the back of your mind that won’t let you feel 100% comfortable, continue to think/pray/meditate on it. Think about whether or not this is something you can see yourself doing for the next 20+ years. Do you think you would be as happy 20 years from now doing that same thing as you were on the first day you did it? Do you get really excited thinking about it? Is it something you could stay up all night brainstorming, researching or putting into action because you just enjoy it so much? Don’t think about what will make money. If it’s something that you’re passionate about AND there is a need for it, you will have money.

What are some of your passions? What have you been contemplating for awhile now? Let me know in the comments section. I’d love to hear your ideas!

-CB

Random Uplifting Message

Yesterday, I received another boost of confidence that let me know that I’m headed in the right direction with what I’m doing. A friend told me that my blog keeps her inspired and she loves to see me taking action and doing my thing. This is the same kind of admiration I have for those that I see taking action and doing their thing. I used to read about them in my cubicle at work or see them on TV and I’d be in awe at how they are so happy and motivated at what they do, with no regrets. I used to think that it wasn’t possible for me. I mistakenly thought that true happiness and being able to lead the life you want was only reserved for certain people. I was so wrong. So for someone to tell me that I’m inspiring them and they love to see me taking action and doing my thing means that I’m doing the same thing as those people I admire and I’m on the right track! THAT.IS.AWESOME!!!

ID-10020201When I started this blog, I knew that I pretty much had to just do it. I had to be the change I wanted to see. I couldn’t wait on someone else and try to ride on their coat tails and live in their shadow. I had to be great on my own. If I wanted to make any progress towards my dreams then I had to put one foot in front of the other and not worry about the end goal, but enjoy the journey. I didn’t define exactly what I wanted to do but instead listed several passion areas of mine. I figured if I concentrated on those three things then I would see what bubbles up to the top. If nothing else, I’m doing things that I love. I have no time restrictions, no rules, and no glass ceiling. Instead, I have unlimited time, unlimited freedom and a whole unlimited universe. The possibilities are endless. Life is great, I must say. I’m loving it right about now. I have seen my faith work during this process. What I’ve asked for, I’ve received. I’m still learning though. One thing I have to learn is to be specific and fine tune what I want. This will go a long way.

I see now when people say “do what you love and the money will come.” Doing what you love allows you to put your all into what you are doing. When you put your all into what you are doing, you are creating a quality product/service. When you create a quality product/service, people will buy. See how I just laid out that formula in three easy steps? Trust me when I say you can do this too. If I can do it, you can too. That’s the whole point of this experiment. But, stay tuned for my 3-month check-in on August 24th. I’m excited myself about what will transpire by then!

Anyway, this post is sort of a rambling about what’s going on with me right now based on the compliment I received on yesterday. Please let me know if I’ve touched your life in any way even if it’s just making you smile! Take care and God bless!

-CB

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Living In This World

I feel rejuvenated! Lately, I’ve been feeling kind of lost. Not totally lost…I’m a long way from when I started this journey but there are days when I don’t feel like I’m doing all that I need to. Maybe I’m too hard on myself, but I don’t feel like I have the luxury of taking a day off when it comes to learning and growing. If I look at the frequency of my blog updates and when I feel “lost” then I can pinpoint it to the last few weeks when I haven’t been posting as much and definitely when I went on vacation. This tells me a few things:

  1. Even if I don’t do everything everyday, I need to have a few things that remain constant.
  2. I need to write in my blog more frequently. It helps keep me grounded, but it also reinforces my learning because what I learn, I share. In order to share, I have to keep learning.
  3. Keep reading the motivational books, blogs, articles, etc.
  4. Limit television! I cannot emphasize this enough.
  5. Don’t get caught up in “the world”.

Let me explain #5 a bit more. Those that grew up in church have been told that “we are in this world, but not of this world”. I don’t agree with the hardcore church people that feel you have to shun everything worldly and live like it’s 1813 instead of 2013.  I feel like the phrase is telling us not to get caught up in the trivial things (of this world) even if we have to live in it. It doesn’t have to consume us. We don’t have to forget our real purpose for being here even though there are so many distractions out there.

In this era, it is extremely easy to get caught up in meaningless things: The royal baby, the Kardashians, what people are wearing or not, celebrities, someones race, how you feel someone should be living, angry birds and all of those addictive phone games, and much more. None of that stuff is contributing one iota to your growth on Earth. We (America) reward bad behavior with high salaries and magazine covers. We play into Ego so much that we can’t hear our Spirit. What may have started off innocently enough as curiosity, or a way to pass time, has now turned into a robotic, petty, mundane, life.

But, life wasn’t meant to be lived like that. We weren’t created to live mundane lives, vegetating in front of televisions, not using our minds. We were created to live passionate, loving, adventurous lives. We weren’t created to idolize other human beings like celebrities, kings, queens, and even popes. We are all created equal. No one is more blessed or worthy than another. We weren’t created to envy, covet or be jealous of others and compare ourselves to others. Each of us is unique with unique talents and abilities to contribute to the world. Once we realize this, the world will be a better place.

-CB

3 Success Stories

I had a meeting with three other ladies last night and they all told me that my blog has inspired them to take charge of their life! How awesome is that??? That is so great to hear. Sometimes when I’m creating these posts and I think I’ve just said some profound things, I hit publish and then…nothing. No likes, no comments, just crickets. But, now I know that doesn’t mean anything. Even I read several blogs and don’t always find the time to comment. I do try to click like, but if I have to log in and do it I may not. You know how impatient we are! I say all of that to say that these women motivated me to keep doing what I’m doing. If I motivated every single one of them, I can only imagine how I’m affecting others.

  1. One of them quit her job she hated. She realized that working long hours and even nights was not worth the income. (See her own story on Testimonials page)
  2. The other stopped procrastinating about filling out an application to attend a prestigious school where only 10% get accepted. After being motivated, she went ahead and filled it out and guess what? She got accepted!  (See her own story on Testimonials page)
  3. The third person made changes to her diet that she had been avoiding for awhile in a serious effort to lose weight. We know how hard that can be. To find motivation from my blog to take that big step is beyond thrilling! (I’ll have her own story for the testimonial page soon.)

I’m adding these to my newly created page, Testimonials. Please share with me if any of you have been motivated to do something as a result of reading my blog. I would love to hear it! I will post it on my Testimonials page.

-CB