Life in full bloom

For most of my adult life, I have carried around a pen and paper (and by paper, I mean grocery and carryout receipts) so I can write down words, lyrics, or interesting conversations. Never know why, exactly—I just feel propelled to do so.

I recently cleaned out my wallet, and tucked into the back pocket, written on a receipt from The Met, were four words: Life in full bloom.

It was the summer of 2014. I was living in New York. Studying at NYU to become certified in coaching. Excited to start my business. I visited the Met, and one of the display tags in the Costume Institute read “Life in full bloom.”

Life in full bloom.

Those four words stopped me in my tracks, caused my eyes to well up with tears, and made me realize I was on the right track. I wasn’t crazy for leaving a secure job and starting my own business because I had been daydreaming of this new life for years. I knew I was being called to help others live life in full bloom. To experience life on their own terms. To help them dial up their guts. Shed their shoulds. And to be unapologetically confident in their “why.”

Today, my message is one of gratitude. It was four years ago that I dialed up guts and left behind the comfortable path to explore an unknown one, and thanks in part to all of you, I am proudly living life in full bloom, doing exactly what I set out to do.

If you’re in a place in life where you are longing to make a sift—personally or professionally—I offer up three questions to help get you started:

  1. Is there something you’ve been daydreaming about that makes butterflies dance in your stomach? What is one small step you can take today to move closer to that dream?
  2. Have you been moved to tears lately by something you’ve seen or heard? How can you channel that emotion and create something beautiful in your own life?  
  3. What signs have you received that have stopped you in your tracks? Why do those signs speak to you?

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Fran Horowitz was living in New York once, too. With a thriving career. But she wanted a change. So, despite others suggesting it was an impossible idea, she made it happen. I recently interviewed her about living her life on her terms. You’ll find the story in Forbes.

Impossible is nothing, friends. Life in full bloom: Make it happen.

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