I recently found myself sitting in a room with 400 other women who I thought weren’t like me. I “thought” they were younger, more fit, maybe a little too woo-woo for my Christian self. I almost didn’t go.
If I hadn’t gone, I may have missed out on one of the most important revelations of my life (besides finding Jesus, marrying my hubby, and having children, of course ;) ).
You see, I had a preconceived idea of what I would be experiencing and can I tell you something? That is NEVER a good thing to do. I assumed there would be lots of young health coaches (which there were), no women my age, no women with my faith… I was basically building up a fake little pity party in my head.
Thankfully, my hubby always reminds me I can do scary things and to just go for it.
So I headed down to San Diego early in the morning on Saturday October 20th. I was invited by Angie Lee to her first live event, Pays to Be Brave. I didn’t know a soul heading into that event. But, I had posted on my instagram stories that I was going and would love to meet anyone there. And the sweetest angel replied saying she’d love to meet me. We did not know the first thing about each other, but precious Jessi Jean gave me her phone number and wanted to meet up right away. I spent the entire day with Jessi and one of her team members Jamey. They were so kind and we just clicked. It definitely helped ease my nerves to be sitting next to someone I “knew” at the start of the conference and gave me the courage to take my guard down a bit.
[caption id="attachment_4357" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Beautiful Jessi Jean[/caption]
Sure they may not have been the same age, size, race, or religion but there was so much more that connected us. We all had the same fears. Angie kicked off the event in a way I have never seen done before and it brought me to tears. She allowed women to step up to a mic and share what their fears were...
...fear of coming to the event
...fear of failure
...fear of dying
...fear of judgment.
Those are all things every woman can relate to and they evened the playing field.
The conference went on and I was blown away over and over again. By women who were following their dreams, owning their path, and paving new ones for others. I was completely inspired by amazing women (I'll link them all below) and especially convicted listening to Rachel Luna. Rachel is amazing. This was the first time I had heard of her and I loved her the second she came out on the stage. She is quite the fireball and exudes confidence. No shame in her game. at. all. She really reminded me that I need to be confident in who I am and whose I am.
There were many a-ha moments throughout the day but the revelation actually came the moment Angie walked out on the stage for the first time (at her very first event) and looked at 400 beautiful souls who are ready to take on the world. She was brought to tears and radiated pure joy. That joy you get when you know you're doing what you were born to do. And I knew in that moment that no matter what my road looks like, it will alway be about helping others find that exact feeling. Watching Angie create this space and share her passion was exhilarating and reminded me of who I am and what I was born to do.
You see, when I started this little journey about 5 years ago, it was to help women realize their purpose and equip them to live it out. To remind them that those dreams in their hearts were placed there by the Almighty and they have a right and an obligation to share that with the world.
One thing led to another and the next thing I knew I was running a full-fledged planner company. That’s not what I wanted. I mean. I wanted the planner and I STILL want the planner but I don’t want that to be the heartbeat of the business. I just want it to be one of the many tools I offer you to help you live on purpose.
I’ve spent the last 12 months or so really working on my mindset and growing my faith. Stripping things away that make me less of who I am and adding things that make me more of who I am and who I am becoming. I’m shifting the direction of the business to be more aligned with where I believe God wants me.
Things might not look so different if you’re on the outside watching me navigate this space I’ve created. But my prayer is that I will be more impactful to those who chose to follow. That I will help you along your journey to the life you were created to live and I’ll be doing it in a variety of ways.
I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me and for all of those that he places in my path. Life is too short to live just sleepwalking through and doing the next thing you’re “supposed to do.”
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As promised, here are some of the amazing speakers that impacted me. I wasn't able to attend the second day so I'm sure there were even more!! And be sure to check out my friend Jessi who is such a beautiful inspiration and helps women who struggle with binge eating.
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