Friday, June 15, 2012

Winds of Change

The Winds of Change

What a wonderful experience it is to see changes in your life.  Even if, at first glance, the changes seem difficult...over time, we can see how much these changes cause us to grow.  I have been working on much the past few months, and have yearned for an outlet that would inspire hundreds, touch thousands and impact millions.  Not that I could do that alone...but that I could help one person make changes that would begin a ripple effect of great magnitude.

So what have I been doing?  Well, I've been studying life coaching and writing.  I've also been learning about physical fitness, nutrition and living healthier.  It's been a tough journey, because no one task was ever easy and many brought nights of restless sleep and teary moments.  I want to be so much more than I am right now.  And, in order to do that, I have to learn and grow.  To help myself, I must help others.  What an amazing thought.  Most of my life, I believed that helping others was my gift and sure enough IT IS.

But, how can I help others?  I was challenged to figure this out.  I wanted to make a lucrative income as a life coach, yet I lacked an audience.  I wanted to write amazing books, yet I lacked confidence in myself.  I wanted to be healthier and stronger, yet I lacked discipline.  Ahhh, but I have learned these things.  And, by learning what blocks I have created, I can figure out how to undo them and alter my future.  People say they would go back and do things differently, if they could.   Not me.  I would just want the chance to keep going forward and be able to do more.  Changing anything in my past would change my present and future.  I may not be where I want to be, yet...but I am most assuredly on my way.

My book, Flip it Around isn'ton the New York Bestseller's list.  However, it IS published on Kindle and it is selling DAILY.  It was my first book and I published it myself.  Now, I also want to write fiction (yes, I am multi-faceted) because I love short stories to read and write.  Because of my first book, I know I can do it again...and I will.  Although my coaching practice didn't result in a 6-figure income overnight, I was able to  "coach" through my book.  And, the 4,000 downloads mean that I have been able to touch far more  people that I ever imagined.  That is a gift!

My physical fitnes journey has also been touched with obstacles.  I was doing very well with my eating and exercise, but then finances became tight and eating became more challenging.  I do have to vent about this for a second.  Why is it more expensive to eat healthy than to eat poorly?!  Of course, I understand how it all works and next year I will have a garden to supply my veggies.  But, I just had to spout that out.  *LOL*  Very frustrating to try to do the "right" thing when you have to juggle feeding your family and making ends meet.  I don't lose heart, however, because I know that I am more than capable of getting right back on the horse and will do exactly that. 

Why this post?  Because the Winds of Change are upon me again and I wanted to share this with you.  In case you are going through your own set of obstacles, facing challenges yet desiring more than the status quo... I want to encourage you to keep your faith and stay the course.  When things get tough, take a step back and review what has happened so far.  And, see if you are going off-course, or if you just need to push through the blockade before you.  Sometimes, it is hard to tell.  Always, grateful for what you have and look for the lesson in all that you've endured. 

You are not alone.  And, you can get through this.  You were born for something great!  Even if you can't see it yet, know that most of us cannot. Just keep moving forward!  Believe it is there for you.

Love and  Blessings,

Joy A Marino