I am a work in progress.
There, I said it. I am not perfect. I don't have all the answers. I am still discovering all that I am and all that I am capable of becoming.
And I'm okay with that.
As I embark upon the best half of my life, I understand (finally!) that life is, indeed, a journey. If I must assign a purpose to it all, I would say that we are here to learn, to grow and to joyfully strive for a higher consciousness.
If midlife is a time when we are called to let go of what we are so that we can become what we were meant to be, then I am in the right place and pretty much on schedule.
On some level, I have been preparing for this time -- for this adventure -- for decades. Even as I labored for more than twenty years in corporate America, the one overriding theme to my endeavors was always transformation.
I had the privilege of working at two of the world's leading companies and learning from some of the business world's greatest teachers.
I have turned around failing organizations and built new business units from the ground up. I've led teams that have completely redesigned how work gets done, saving tens of millions of dollars for our clients and our employers. I've coached recent college graduates, first time managers and seasoned professionals on the cusp of retirement.
And what have I learned along the way? That change is not a thing to be feared. That bold expectations lead to extraordinary outcomes. That the fun is always, always in the doing.
These lessons have held true in my personal life, as well.
I am a forty-nine-year-old single mother. (There, I said that, too!)
I adopted my two amazing sons when I was almost forty and they were two and three years of age. Ten years later, we are still learning how to grow as a family and respect each other as individuals. Some days, I am afraid my heart will burst from the pounding, all-consuming love I feel for these two souls. On other days... well, not so much.
In a very real way, I turned my life upside down ten years ago with the adoption of two young brothers who needed a home together. Five years later, my universe shifted again when I left the corporate world to be at home full-time with my growing sons.
In my mid-forties, I totally changed my way of eating when I learned about the Body Ecology Diet. My stressed out, overweight, perimenopausal body had somehow become my enemy over the years. Now, we are the best of friends and I am teaching my sons to take better care of themselves. (Did I mention that I lost thirty pounds in the process?)
With improved physical health, it has felt natural to attend to my mental and spiritual health as well. Prayer, meditation, journaling, yoga... these have all become daily parts of my life. More importantly, I have learned to live in the moment and yes, to enjoy the journey.
I have learned that virtually everything in life is a practice. I no longer strive for perfection and I no longer rush to be done. I move forward with love.
The Best Half of My Life
As I have settled in to this new time in my life, I am rejoicing in the rediscovery of old passions. I find myself taking action where in the past there was only longing and a vague sense of I'll get to that when...
I am writing. You can read about my adventures in parenting in my blog, Conscious Family Journal. And I am helping others find their own way through midlife with joy and creativity through my new business, Elevate Your Life Coaching.
I am happier in my relationships, more satisfied with my life experience and more comfortable in my own skin than ever before. Did I achieve this all on my own? No. I have been blessed with the loving support of my own life coach for the past several years. It has been an unconditionally wonderful experience that I would be honored to share with you.
If you are ready to experience your own midlife renaissance -- if you are ready to Elevate Your Life -- then I invite you to click on this link to schedule a Free 30-Minute Introductory Coaching Session with me today.
I look forward to meeting you!