Coming Alive Again and Again and Again
I believe our lives are made up of “coming alive” moments to move us forward. In between these moments we can sometimes fall into a deep sleep until the next one presents itself. I have struggled over the last six years to find meaningful, flexible work. I have been given the most incredible volunteer opportunities that opened the doors to so many possibilities, just nothing to fill the professional void I feel. My husband has heard me say so many times over the years that I have no doubt what I am supposed to be doing is out there just waiting to crash into me. I wish most days it would hurry up!
I made a decision at the beginning of summer to take a vacation from all of my volunteer related activities and focus on the direction I wanted to go personally and professionally. Reading, journaling, reflecting, and the beach filled my days. While reading Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho, I came across the best passage:
“Rest a little, but as soon as you can, get up and carry on. Because ever since your goal found out that you were traveling toward it, it has been running to meet you.”
Resting has been good for me and I am excited to say that I feel as if I am “coming alive” all over again. I have taken some early steps to return to school in 2014 to complete my master’s degree, but instead of nursing I am embracing my passions and going for a Masters in Public Administration. The cost and GRE have my stomach in knots, but I stand by my mantra that “all is well”. In the meantime I am offering Coming Alive: The Workshop, Independent Consulting, Public Speaking, and Writing. I even took the leap at the beginning of summer and started writing the book to accompany my blog.
When I finally started to move forward again I was presented with a great opportunity to write for the online/catalog retail company, UncommonGoods. I am super excited by this and can’t wait to share the world changing they are up to. Now I feel a direction with my blog—that means more posts and that I am back in the game!
Always as ONE,
This is great Rachel – and I LOVE that passage. I so admire that you had the courage to step back and reassess. 🙂 xoxo
This is great Rachel – and I LOVE that passage. It’s so amazing to see that you are taking steps closer toward your dream. You’re inspiring as always, and such an incredible example for your children. xoxo
Thank you Heidi:) Your words of support always mean so much. I feel good about the direction things are going–now I just need to see if I can keep up!
Rachel, I love the new look. and the quotes. and shop. So excited and happy for you, my friend.
I always appreciate your support Jeannine. It is all just a start, but that’s a good thing!
YAY! This is great news! Celebrating your clarity and passion!
Thank you Jen–that means a lot! Sometimes it just takes patience with the present moment:)