I needed a hug.
My daughters had been at my mom’s house for the week because they didn’t have school, and I hadn’t planned a vacation for us.
Though physical touch is not my top love language, it is high on the list. Deprived of the daily hugs and affection, and nightly cuddles at 3am with my littles, by Friday I was feeling rather empty.
Little did I know my tank was going to be so full after a weekend of masterminding.
Let me back up…
Two years ago I showed up at a Bschool mastermind feeling completely out of place. Why did I think I belonged there with people doing greater things than me?
Sure, I had a burning DESIRE to change my life in XYZ fashion; sure, I had the knowledge of the steps I needed to take; sure, I had a dream in my heart. But me? It seemed out of character.
Now 2 years later, I couldn’t be happier that I said yes and stepped out of my comfort zone in 2017.
This past Labor Day weekend I was lucky enough to assist Sean at yet another epic mastermind with his BSchool and Money Mind Academy students (I’m part of both groups)..
After being surrounded by beautiful souls full of passion, burgeoning goals, and even greater visions for not only their own lives but the lives of many, is such a privilege.
To be privy to the early entrepreneurial days - the untangling of kinks, the clarification of ideas, and the typical wrestling of internal voices - is nothing but beautiful.
I can honestly say that coming together in one room for two days has changed all of our lives for the better. Not to mention, the Saturday evening party is the best!
I tell you all of this because perhaps you’re wrestling with loneliness or fear, doubt or a general feeling of being stuck.
While an event like I described above is amazing, you don’t need to travel far or find 50 like-minded people. Simply look to your inner circle and create your own mastermind.
Jim Rohn says we’re the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Who could you spend more time with to encourage you, nudge you in the right direction, and hold you accountable to your dreams?
Find those people and meet regularly to celebrate your wins, set goals, ask for support, and above all help each other live success-filled and happy lives. (Learn more with this book: The Power of the Mastermind by Mitch Horowitz)
In reflection, it’s also interesting and rewarding to review the steps and journey I’ve taken the last two years. During my first mastermind in 2017, I was pursuing health coaching. My action items from the event was to slow down and create the space to enjoy the process of creating my nutrition ebook and website.
I’m not good at slowing down. I’m either all in or completely all out. Ha!
But I tried, and in the following 7 months I designed my website and wrote and published my Bowl to Belly ebook, which is a paleo cookbook paying homage to my heritage and travels.
Now 2 years later, with some prompting (thanks Sean!) and introspection, I’m pivoting and will be launching my podcast this next week! Woot!
But guess what, while related to health and wellness in some sense, it’s not nutrition focused. In the subsequent year after writing Bowl to Belly, I realized I loved cooking and my kids WAY more than I loved coaching.
My podcast, PG-ish, is your parental guidance to help you grow yourself as a parent and raise healthy, happy, successful humans. On Pg-ish I’ve gathered - in manageable bites - wisdom from today’s teachers, psychologists, doctors, authors, and parents that can help transform your parental experience from overwhelm and frustration to growth and success. Not only for your children but for yourself.
If parenting had a guidebook, this would be it.
In short, my podcast is my dedication to becoming the best mom I can be. For me, parenting is the hardest, yet most important job there is. Let’s be honest, I don’t think I’m alone in this thought or in the desire to figure out how to be good at it and help your kids have a rewarding, less traumatic childhood.
I hope you’ll join me on this new journey! We launch this week - I’ll post the link when we go live!
All in all, if you’re in the midst of chasing your dreams, give yourself grace. Keep going, but know it takes time and most likely several pivots that can be riddled with fear and doubt and impostor syndrome. Keep going, knowing you’re in the right boat, in a sea of others feeling all of the same feels!
“People Overestimate What They Can Do in a Day, and Underestimate What They Can Do in a Lifetime” -Bill gates, Tony Robins, and lots of other really successful people!
Just do it!