“Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you.”
-John C. Maxwell
At the end of 2019, I remember feeling soooo proud of myself. My darling husband and I had booked four vacations for 2021 (Moab, Santa Barbara, Norway and Charleston) I had work trips to Chicago and West Palm Beach on the books. I also had also pre-paid for a women’s retreat in Cape Cod.
I felt like I was on such a roll!
Then, as we were days from going to Charleston (the first of our 4 planned vacation trips) we went into quarantine.
And you know what…? I was oddly VERY OK with it.
Sure, it was annoying to have to cancel hotels and flights, but business at Web Marketing Therapy was booming, there was no way I could have easily pulled off all that travel without working through vacations.
I had choices to make and I chose to see the positive….and I chose CHOICE.
This photo was taken at my home in Summerland, California at a pivotal time in my life. We rented an oddly affordable, gorgeous home with an epic ocean view and had a long-term houseguest toward the end of our time there. My husband was commuting from California to Madison, WI every week, the nanny was living her best life getting paid to enjoy activities with my 2-year-old while I was working my tail off. Having guests helped me stay less lonely, but I was really unhappy. One day, I was cleaning up the house, saw this neglected roll in the guest bathroom, and I lost it.
This “roll” represented choices in responsibility, surroundings, and approach to life.
I took a good hard look in the mirror and took the lead to initiate some life changes in my life.
I decided it was time to move to Atlanta (where my husband was before we got married) to get him closer to a major airport to minimize his travel while cutting our cost of living so I could work less and spend more time with our daughter in her young years (and wow, did I save on childcare too!) We sold almost everything and started fresh. My clients in California didn’t even know I had moved – that’s the power of wildly wonderful web work!
The move opened my company up to connecting with amazing clients on the East Coast, Darrell lost 25 pounds (yes, you read that right) by cutting travel (adios to all that restaurant food) and we found an incredible community that is now our second home while we love life in Atlanta.
Those of us who want to rock and roll, get our lives on a roll, who can roll with the punches (ok, ok, you get the play on words, sorry) are more likely to take proactive steps and have positive life results.
Critically evaluate all the things you are doing – your environment, your work, how you work, whom you work for, what you charge, whom you surround yourself with.
What do you love? What do you want to wipe (sorry, couldn’t help myself) away??
It’s always a great time to make choices that make you happy!