One of my true passions next to Sign Language is writing. I found it therapeutic and frankly, a stress buster. As I wrote, I began to see that I had more to express than originally thought. Grief, heartache, loss, all had been shielded in a self-imposed comfort zone: being the one that everyone could lean on.
But in an amazing twist I could or at least felt that I could tell the story that I wanted without interruption, my words, my way-and it felt good. The fulfillment of triumph and recovery was something I had not seen coming, as usually is the case when going through a few rough patches. I constantly reminded myself to keep me in check-the reality variety.
Being true to yourself does not mean however, that you step on others, verbally or otherwise. It does mean that you can create, build, grow, research and become whatever it is that you want to be. The caveat: being splendid is in the power of your own hands.
Someone I met in Massachusetts last year (thanks Coral!) made a very simple statement, she said "You do you". She did not mean it as a personal call of arms for me but in conversation, it had impact because it is easy enough to imply and apply but not often actuated. Why? Because we wear too many hats and faces to help ease the woes of others, always thinking of ourselves as the last one who needs attention.
Attempting to be everything to everyone is exhausting, isn't it? This was the inspiration for my very personal guide, MOTIV8. Based on eight tried and true basic steps that can help with daily, weekly and yearly goals for success. Easing the walls some have in thinking they are not good enough to make things happen.
Insights based not only on my experiences but those I have met over the years, wherever our paths crossed, because contrary to popular notions, no man is an island, we learn and grow from each other. This is a feel-good guide proving that you can survive the sickness, the childhood trauma, the untimely deaths of those we hold dear and any other crisis that made you pause.
In addition to my publishing company, I have written 3 books, MOTIV8 being one of them, and while I always welcome another reader, the goal this week is manifold. I dedicate this article to all of the Leslie's, Debbie's (formerly from Northfield NJ), Jocel's, Andrea's (Harden), and Xiomara's, and everyone else who keeps it going everyday-no matter the personal sacrifices or trials.
As Lee Ann Womack says in one of my all-time favorite songs:
I hope you dance~
Until next week~