what a difference five years can make…

Five years ago this month I made a massive decision that would shift my life in more ways than I could imagine: I was going to leave NBC and my job as a TV news reporter for good. I hadn’t known any other career, and there was a part of me that wondered what else I could possibly create that would be a better fit, but I inherently knew it was time for a new journey.

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I was emotionally drained from spending most of my hours & days hunting down stories on tragedy, loss, suffering or violence. I rarely got to smile at my job. And I could sense that a part of me was transforming as a result. I was becoming someone I didn’t want to be, with less joy & less playfulness in my life.

Plus, I’d just gone through a huge breakup. My heart was shattered by a boy who was more like an addiction, and I was having a tough time ripping myself out of our patterns. I felt lost. And I started asking a lot of very powerful questions I hadn’t asked myself in way too long:

What do I want?

Am I happy? What would make me happy?

What are the things I cherish most?

Am I inspired by my work? By my life?

I made lots of discoveries over the next few months. It was time for me to leave news & start a business. I was inspired by the awesomely creative Austin, Texas & wanted to call it home. I had more strength in my soul than I realized to create a life on my own terms.

And I even made smaller discoveries: I didn’t love red wine, I was tired of wearing professional suits {even ones with cute details} and I needed to spend more days with my toes in the sand & the sound of waves filling my ears.

{skip forward 5 years}

 

Today, I am madly in love with my work. I feel honored & thrilled to run Media Bombshell & have rockstar clients all over the country & around the world. I am inspired every single day by their stories, the messages they are sharing and the incredible impact they’re making on this planet.

I am also undeniably grateful to be building a business that feels right to me, in a way that I want to build it, and to have the freedom to create it from scratch. I adore the full spectrum of possibilities that lie ahead and that I can literally build my dream job for myself. Not to mention having the flexibility to build my schedule & my vacations around what’s important to me.

Today, I’ve found a true partner who is also my best friend, and I’ve never been more in love. We have purposely created our life together in a way that serves & inspires us… and we’re about to embark on the adventure of becoming parents with the same thoughtfulness, respect & love.

Today, I know what I cherish: bright colors, time with family, vintage dresses, long talks with girlfriends, space to re-center on my own, beautiful scenery, pure laughter, and the feeling I get when I’ve just helped someone feel more confident sharing their voice.

Today, I look back at my journey with extraordinary gratitude. Every twist and turn, every decision and choice, every moment has led me to be writing this to you. And I know, without a doubt, that I am doing and being exactly what I’m meant to.

Someone asked me recently if I thought this is what my life would look like at the age of 34. The answer? No way. It’s far richer, far juicier, filled with more love, more laughter, more freedom & more possibility than I could have imagined. And I positively can’t wait for the next five years.

So, here’s my question for you: what have you learned in the last five years? Looking back, did you think this was what your life would look like today? And where do you think your journey will take you?

 

Responses


  1. Naomi said:

    I am stronger, smarter, and more capable than I ever believed. I can do more, withstand more, and love more than I thought was even possible. I don’t need a man to make me happy. I don’t need anyone to make me happy. I make me happy. My success, my health, my happiness is completely up to me.

    I never expected my life to turn out like it has. I dreamed of being a woman who exceeded expectations and defied limits; someone who was capable and made a difference; someone who was recognized by both peers and superiors as someone who had it together and new what she was doing; but I never EVER expected any of it to come true.

    This journey will take me exactly where I want it to…or somewhere even better.

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