Why The Authentic Life Journey?
A few years ago I began a self discovery journey. I wasn’t happy the way my life was going. The path I had taken was leading me down a road I didn’t like. I began to reflect on what was important to me and searching what paths I might take to change the coarse of my journey. I wanted to live more simply, up-level my creativity, live more natural as I explored my passion with God’s creation, invest more time in my self care, and spend more time with family.
Then the unimaginable happened. The event we fear most as a mother, became my reality. We lost our oldest son, my beloved Brandon, to suicide on January 17,2017. He had a long battle with PTSD and TBI (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury) related to his military time in Iraq. I became paralyzed. For 2 years I lived in a fog and I really don’t know how I survived this, but I have.
I look back at what was important to me before he died, and those areas are STILL my mission in life. However, something has changed in me. I was only “playing” with that mission. There was no DRIVE to BE that person. REALLY BE THAT PERSON. It was a someday…wish…hope to get there…want to achieve this life: but I really wasn’t living authentic to my dreams.
When something so catastrophic happens in your life, and you begin to wake up from it…somehow you look at things differently. Things that used to matter, do not matter any longer.
My journey is now seeing my dreams as not a “hope to one day”, but a CHOOSE TO BE THERE NOW! I’m working with a Life Coach now, and have set my intention to not only strive for the life I want, but to OWN MY DREAMS!
I’m more intentional now on this journey. I’m slowing down to enjoy what IS. I’m beginning to speak up for what I want and need…not what I think others need or want of me. It’s MY journey.
The thing is… I’m NOT the only one who desires to live authentically. You do, or you wouldn’t be here following my journey.
Be who you are. Own it. Live it. Dream it. Speak it. Take that first step into the unknown. Suddenly things come alive when you decide what it is you really want in your life.
Finding Life & Hope in the Journey