You can do it! (Motivation Monday)
What would it feel like to know that you could do anything that you want to do? That you could be anything?
Wouldn't it feel amazing to know that all you had to do was pursue your dreams and you could be anything?
Growing up we were fortunate to have a lot of strong examples in our lives of independent women pursuing their dreams:
Our Grandmother. The one that taught us how to own the kitchen, also taught us you could have anything if you just reached out for it. She was not highly educated, nor did she work in a career or even have a paying job most of her life. That being said, there is precious value in the lesson of surviving the greatest depression the country has known and doing anything to hold your family together while your husband served his country overseas in the War. Our Grandmother taught us to be strong, to love fiercely and the power of being well-respected. She was loved by all because she was a loving woman. Be kind, be gentle, be fair, love life, laugh, surround yourself with family and friends. To know that she survived what she did and kept her six children safe and healthy, then went on to have an amazing life---that was inspiration to know we could do anything too.
Our Aunt Donna. The independent career professional that taught us we could be anything. She was a psychologist that embarked upon having a family while doing her thesis and traveling the world with our uncle while he was in the Army. In fact, her first child was born when they were stationed over in Germany. Our uncle later became an attorney and they moved to Chicago and later our little hometown. Not surprisingly, our family's love of food took hold and even though both had professional careers they also opened a small pizza restaurant. Although they had the restaurant briefly, it was a lesson that you could do MANY different things in life at the same time.
Our Mother. She taught us perserverance and to keep pursuing our dreams. Finding herself pregnant at 18 with an absent husband, she had the courage to leave so that she and her daughter could have a future. She went on to re-marry, add to her family and put herself through nursing school. You CAN reinvent your life.
We are career reinventers ourselves. Most of you know we had different careers but you probably don't know the story of how hard it was for us to bring about The Sugar Path. Unfortunately we did not receive a lot of support from the people in our career circles to pursue our passion. When we had to choose how to make more time for The Sugar Path and grow our business, they made it an easy choice for us to leave our day jobs. We decided to surround ourselves with people that were supportive instead. That choice made all the difference in the world, not just in our business, but in us personally. It was very hard to leave jobs we had worked so hard for and to lose the income of those jobs while building a new business. But because of our upbringing and determination, we kept going. What we discovered on the journey has a value that we could not imagine now never having. What if we had not tried because of fear?
We want a life filled with variety and passion and know that we can do many things on this big beautiful journey. We want to encourage others to have the same. There will be people who will doubt you, who will laugh at you, who will try and tell you what you SHOULD be doing with your life and how to do it. If you listen to the doubters and the naysayers you may not have what you really want in life---your dreams. You CAN do many things in life---and even do many things at the same time if you choose. It WILL require work and you may have to make sacrifices. But it's worth it. Trust us.
When you stand on the precipice and know that you can be anything and do anything if only you will try---that is an amazing moment. You WILL have failures. Just like Thomas Edison failed 999 times trying to create the lightbulb (aren't you glad he kept trying?) But if you keep going and you surround yourself with people that encourage and inspire you, you WILL achieve. The journey is so amazing if only you will start.
Not everyone has people in their lives that encourage them they can be anything. However, there are a lot of wonderful mentors out there and these mentors are more accessible than ever through social media.