Last week was a bit of a whirlwind. My husband, child, and nanny were all sick. And just when I announced that I hope the dog didn’t get sick, he got sick..on my beloved white rug!
Then my team and I met for a mini business planning retreat, and we got so much clarity, inspiration, and momentum.
And I got to record the 200th podcast episode with my beautiful BFF, Stacey Hoffer. We laughed, we cried, and we shared stories that you won’t hear anywhere else.
And then sadly, on Tuesday afternoon, I got the news that my sweet uncle passed so I flew to Detroit with my son for the funeral. But luckily I got to spend some precious, quality time with my parents despite all of the chaos! And while my son and I were away, my amazing husband did some major spring cleaning!
This is life. There are highs and lows. There are times when we hold both sadness and joy, excitement and grief.
And the journey to 200 episodes and over 425,000 downloads has been similar. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE interviewing, recording, and sharing information in this way. It's been such an honor to have so many dedicated listeners and I’m grateful for every listener.
But it’s also taken commitment, consistency, and showing up even when I didn’t want to.
And I couldn’t have done this without the support of my husband, my parents, coaches, mentors, and sisterhood.
Here are 3 big takeaways from the 200th episode.
- Let your mission and vision drive you to show up, even when life feels messy and you would rather not show up. Because I feel called to this bigger mission. Like I truly, truly, truly want women to feel so good! It's my greatest, deepest desire. Perhaps other than that my son feels healthy and happy, my greatest desire is that every single woman truly loves herself, quirks and all, and goes after her dreams, so on the days I don’t want to show up, I remind myself of all of the women I'm here to serve. And when I'm 80, I want every woman to say “she changed my life.” And I want to be able to say, “I did it. I left no stone unturned, I sucked the marrow out of life, I squeezed the juice, I did it.” And when I don't go for it, I feel icky inside. So I also show up for me. Also, we need to shift how we view “showing up.” Sometimes, showing up means that things get pushed to the next day because we need to wrap ourselves up in a warm blanket and eat ice cream.
- Prioritize pleasure when it comes to your purpose and passion. We live in a world of “shoulds.” We should be doing more, we should be making more money, we should be spending more time with our kids, and the list goes on. But this is where discernment comes in. We need to know the difference between what our soul needs and when our adorable little brains are in overdrive and wanting to take action out of anxiety. I call these two voices my Inner Goddess and my Nervous Nellie. They both want different things most of the time. My Inner Goddess wants me to take time out for pleasure, whether it be spending time on the beach with Pina Coladas or spending time at the park with my family. And Nervous Nellie wants to remind me of all of the things I could be doing: I could be creating more social media content, going live about my latest program, messaging my clients… The thing is that when I honor my Inner Goddess, I’m more energized, magnetic, and nourished, and I serve much better than if I'm feeling depleted.
- Say it, Sister: One of the big keys to happiness. Generally speaking, women have been taught not to do, speak, or act a certain way. There are so many topics and emotions that have been made to be wrong or taboo. On many of my retreats, we do a rage rave or emotional release session where we allow ourselves to express the anger that we've shoved down for decades. And I hear it all the time that girls were told they shouldn’t be angry or that it's unattractive. The thing is that those repressed emotions are expressed in other ways: They show up as resentment or bitterness. They're taken out on others, and in many cases, on ourselves. In my containers, I give you permission to show up as your whole self. Whether you're angry, sad, grieving, or joyful. It’s all welcome. And I invite you to give yourself permission to do the same for yourself. Allow yourself to have emotions and be human.
There was so much juiciness throughout this episode and I invite you to listen to the full episode here.
And then come back here to let me know in the comments what your biggest takeaway was!