You can do hard things.
COVID 19 has made all of us think, pause for concern, pivot, tune into our thoughts, and attempt to process everything going on in our hearts and our heads.
For the majority of us, we don’t know what’s next. There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty, anxiety, helplessness, and fear.
When small elements of our lives are completely out of our control we panic, when the majority of elements in our lives are completely out of our control we often retreat back to a place of questioning our own thoughts, fall into a downward spiral, and lose sight of our purpose.
COVID 19 has made me think long and hard about my purpose, about what I truly want out of life, and how I’ll consistently go about achieving that.
Rewind to several years ago. Seven to be exact. I was living life as a military spouse in Kaiserslautern, a German village. My husband and I were separated and I knew it was time for me to move on. Moving on from him also meant moving on from the only adult life that I really knew, it also meant moving in from the business and the foundation I created for myself, and an irrational sense of comfort.
That was a tough pill to swallow.
Yet, it was during that time, one of the most difficult times of my life that I was able to adapt without knowing it, feeling it, or believing it (yet). I was able to build my brand, build my business in America, and most importantly re-build myself.
Since then, so many more doors have opened and I’ve built or have been a part of building some amazing things.
Aside from the fact that my experience is my own, it’s not necessarily unique. It’s a reminder that amongst all of the chaos, fear, and uncertainty that it is possible to find your way through. You may have to crawl through some shit, cry your eyes out, ask for help, and lean the f*ck in, but there is a way out, there is a way through, and a roadmap TO what’s next.
For me, this is no longer a sad story, in fact, it’s one that I choose to celebrate each year because, for me, it’s a reminder that you CAN rebuild, that there is light when things are seemingly dark, that you can go through some really awful shit but you can also create some really amazing things along the way.
Tonight, I celebrate how far I’ve come and that I’m now in a place to share my journey. You never know who needs to hear it, and you never know what’s next for you.