In a recent interview, I was asked: “Do you love who you’ve become?” My response was “I don’t believe I’ve become anyone, I’ve just released all that was blocking me from who I really am.” ~Gabrielle Bernstein, May Cause Miracles
I read this and thought YES! This is my journey!
Trying to release all that’s blocking me from who I really am is exactly the process I’m going through right now. It’s certainly not easy. I feel vulnerable. There’s a lot of fear here. And fear can make you grip on tightly to things that are familiar regardless of how well they serve you.
Some things that are blocking me:
guilt | fear | lack of boundaries | limiting beliefs | my inability to say no
So it’s a process.
But I’m ready to let my true light shine all the time. Not just when I feel safe to do so. I do love the person I am underneath it all and I’m slowly growing my courage and letting go of all the things that keep her small.
What are some things that may be blocking you from who you really are?
Over on my business blog, I recently asked my readers to admit their ambition. The first step in a dream come true is acknowledging the dream at all.
To encourage you to share your dreams, to lead by example, to practice what I preach, and to take the first step in making them come true, I thought I’d share my ambitions here.
My really big dreams:
Self-employed and debt-free by thirty through a six-figure coaching business
Write a best selling personal development book
Throw myself into motherhood (I’m going to be honest, this petrifies me at this point)
Create a home that is warm and welcoming
Host a regular Sunday brunch at our house for the people we love most. So that they know we’ll be there.
Coach on Capitol Hill
Build a premier coaching group for women, one that has the power to give back in a big, big way
Cultivate a love-only relationship between me and my body
Continue to grow the love in my marriage so that years from now we’re still giggling in the morning and dancing in the kitchen
Host a big, fancy, outdoor joint 25th anniversary and 50th birthday party
Share one of your dreams in the comments!
This weekend we checked three things off my DC bucket list: hike on Roosevelt Island, drinks with friends on the waterfront in Georgetown, and visiting the Smithsonian to see the first lady dresses!
It was a great weekend all around but the piece that really struck me, really impacted me, was something I didn’t even expect to see: the original star-spangled banner.
The small exhibit dedicated to the flag that inspired the National Anthem really touched me. I didn’t know that the Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, who has a bridge named after him going between Georgetown and Virginia. Something about making that connection hit home for me. I guess it was like “oh, that’s who Francis Scott Key is. Yes, I guess he should have a bridge named after him.” Then thinking about the emotion that inspired the song, wow. And just as I was wrapping my head around that, around the relief, the hope, the pride he must’ve felt when he saw the flag flying at Fort McHenry, I turned the corner and saw it.
The original Star Spangled Banner. Oh my god. It took my breath away.
In her gown dedication speech, Michelle Obama spoke of the importance of the Smithsonian Museum and how the items throughout the museum remind us that America was built, our history written by real live people.
That’s exactly how I felt when I saw the flag. Just like wow. Someone made this. Someone wrote that song. My sense of appreciation for the National Anthem and for the American flag grew significantly. And I was proud.