Reflections of My Journey In Life and Business
We're almost November! Before we know it, 2017 will end and we'll start the new year within the blink of an eye.
So today, I want to take you through my journey of the past few years in running my business, workshops, International events and Retreats - so you can see the ups and downs, the challenges I went through and how I got through them.
This was back in 2014 - 2015.
My vision was to start sharing my message with the world. Although I had 10 years of experience in delivering corporate workshops in Fortune 500 companies, nobody knew me in the coaching industry (Ouch!). I applied to be a speaker in 57 places ... and guess what? I was rejected 57 times!
Instead of looking at it as I'm not good enough, I choose to see it as a sign that I needed to re-invent myself - not follow what others tell me to do! So I decided to run my own workshops. I had to work really hard to get 3-5 people in the room. And if it's 5 people, 2 of them are my friends!
Mid 2015 - early 2016.
Then things slowly started to pick up. From five people, I started to have from 12 - 50 people in my workshops. But I didn't stick to running in-person workshop only. If I wanted to be the best in what I do, then I needed to do what the Greats do, right? So I ran online workshops every other week to practice and to get my name out there.
This was also when I was going through a divorce and I have to say... it was one of the lowest points in my life. Instead of choosing to feel like a failure in my personal life, I chose to see it as a new beginning and shedding of the old skin. It hurt. It took time to get a new skin but it was worth a wait!
This was 2016.
Then 2016 was the year that I said it was the year 'to follow my fears'! Probably wasn't the best intention; because I asked for it, the Universe surely delivered every single one of my fears. Freshly coming out of the marriage, with $1,500 in the bank, losing 12 kg in weight and a few clients in business - I was on the verge of losing my mind too!
But I learned that sometimes we need a breakdown to get a breakthrough."Wooosaaaa Arabelle", that was my mantra pretty much through that year. Whilst my personal life seems to be breaking into pieces, my business then started soaring like an eagle. Opportunities came left, right and center. That was when I witnessed first hand - What you focus on expands!
Then came 2017!
I honestly didn't know what 2017 would bring but I knew in my gut that this year will be about a huge transition in my life! Who am I kidding, right?! I moved from Perth to Melbourne -- it was harder than I thought. If you hadn't noticed, I'm known as a go-getter, driven high-achiever and a very stubborn executer. When I need to get things done, I'm super laser-focussed and I wouldn't move until it's complete! Very masculine indeed!
Somewhere in the last few years, I sent an intention out into the ether that I wanted to learn to tap into my Feminine. Because let's face it... Feminine is powerful!
And without any warning, the transition happened this year... and boy! It was hard to slowwwww downnn. As you know, life works in mysterious ways and because I'm one stubborn kid - the Universe decided to shut all the doors so I had no choice but to surrender, and slow down. As much as it was challenging - I'm super grateful for having that time off this year because now I'm back in the game ... more inspired than ever and with the intensity of drive that I've never felt before. As a result -- creating from a place of fire, yet so gentle that it's almost so weird for me.
I'm still learning this whole feminine thing :)
If I had learned one thing... then it is to trust and surrender. It's easier for us to control and know every next step we're about to take but it takes a lot of courage to trust in the unknown. Because when we get out of our own way, we create the space for the amazing things to flow.
The bottom line is...
There are so many more things that I can share with you - the times when I thought my life was over, the moments when I thought I was dying (trust me, I'm not a drama queen! This was ego-death!) and the incidents that questioned my trust in life.
But looking back, I give myself credit for asking for help, listening to my gut and trusting in life. At the end the day,
our MESS can become our MESSAGE
our BREAKDOWNS can become our BREAKTHROUGHS
our MISTAKES can make us MIGHTY in our lives.
You know what they say about me? They say ... "Arabelle you're tiny but you're mighty". I don't mind hearing it again.. #MorePlease :)
So what have you got planned for the rest of the year? What are your next steps?
I'd love to hear from you xx