My Journey Begins. . . (Part 2)
Bobby and I began to talk excitedly about this idea. I was bombarded with questions. How do I get started? Is this really for me? Would I even like it? How long would it take? I had been researching a particular book online and for some reason, I was a little hesitant. Okay, if I’m being honest, it wasn’t hesitation—it was fear. And since Bobby knows that I am Mrs. Indecisive, he purchased the book for me and said, “Give it a read and see what you think. It’s a great first step.” Again, my husband is amazing. He shows me so much support with everything I do. All I needed was a little push from him that told me he believed in me and I was in.
After I read the book…I was ALL in. I began to research courses to become accredited. I stumbled upon one that seemed like the perfect match and I started getting all the feels. Holy shit. I am going to do this. I am REALLY going to do this. There is one thing about me that you need to know—if I set a goal for myself, there is nothing that stands in the way of me and accomplishing that goal. I put my head down and put in the work until that goal is mine. And that’s exactly what I did. I sat down with Bobby to put together a game plan. I had to be strategic with my time, money and resources. I knew that it was going to be tough, but I am always up for a challenge. Oh, I forgot to mention that I decided to do all of it in private. So when it was time to reveal it to the world, I would be ready. Every detail would be perfect. I only told a handful of my closest people because I trusted them and I would for sure need their support.
I started the course with Goal Imagery Institute in October. My instructor/ mentor, Marianna Lead, was just incredible. All of the students in my class were from all over the world and for 2 and 1/2 hours every week, we came together and learned about this beautiful process called Life Coaching. It was nothing like I had expected. I was excited and scared all at the same time because I was trying something new for the first time in years. In fact, when I was called to coach another student in front of the class for the first time—I totally bombed. I bombed so badly that Marianna had to come to the rescue and cut it short. It was so embarrassing! But I learned so much from it. And I vowed to never let that happen again. My practice sessions with my partners became more serious to me because I was determined. Practice makes perfect is for real, y’all!! On the weekends, I was spending between 8-15 hours doing all of the homework and studying—trying to take in as much as I could. In addition to the class and the homework, I was also practicing with a couple other students every week. I was essentially working two jobs.
After I passed the course, I began diligently working towards earning my first accreditation as well as launching the business. This included logging 100 hours of coaching, completing my mentoring hours, studying for the final exam, taking the final exam (talk about 3 hours of anxiety), writing the first few blogs, choosing a logo, working on the website (shout out to the people who do this for a living), preparing my social media platforms, getting photos taken, writing my contract, setting my prices, and the list went on and on. Seriously. Every time I thought the load was lifting, I would think of 10 additional things. But you know what, I was enjoying every single minute of it. I knew the process was going to be a long one so in order to move through it with as much intention and patience as possible, I promised myself a few things. I promised not to rush it. I promised to give 100%. I promised to keep everything authentic to who I am and what I stand for. And I promised to stay fully present with each step so one day I could look back and remember how hard I worked for it. I wanted to reflect back on each piece of the puzzle and smile when I thought about how much heart and love I put into it.
A year and a half later, here I am! It’s pretty unbelievable. I had to say no to a lot of things, but that meant saying yes to myself. I pushed through my fears and doubts. I surprised myself every damn day. I learned more about myself than I ever thought possible. I hustled like never before. And I am happier than I have ever been. THIS is what I hope to motivate and inspire in all of you. YOU, my friends, can have whatever your heart desires. Maybe it’s not starting a business. Maybe it revolves around health, forgiveness, love, success, peace, or overall happiness. Whatever it is—you deserve it. But you have to make that choice. You are in charge of writing the script in your beautiful life. Set your goal and make it your bitch. And if you need help…I am always waiting in the wings.
Is there a goal that you have secretly been wanting to pursue? Let it out! Tell me what it is and I can be the first one to offer up some encouragement.