I Made Room for ME

I Made Room for ME

A few weeks ago, I signed up for a 5-day challenge with Tony Robbins. I wasn’t sure why except that it spoke to me and I knew that there was something I needed to hear or learn. Whenever I feel that “pull”, I know there is.

Today was the first day and love him or don’t, this man has some good ones. Talking about breakthroughs and he says this: “You will hold onto your pain until you find something you value more than your pain.” Tony Robbins

Have you ever done that? I know I have. If I’m really honest, I know I’ve done this many times. I’ve held onto my pain/anger/grief/righteous indignation… and the hard truth is this: Doing that somehow served me. I know, right? OUCH 😫

There was some payoff or some benefit from holding on to the exact things that stopped me from moving toward the very things I wanted. I couldn’t because I was too busy/I had too many responsibilities/I didn’t have the money or resources. I couldn’t because… fill in the blank. And the amazing thing was that all of those things were real. All of those circumstances were 100% accurate and as long as I bought into whatever story I was telling myself, that story was always true. Also true was this: as long as I bought into it, I didn’t have to do or be the thing I was born to do and be.

It was exhausting having to hide myself from others and having to hide the truth from myself, but that was somehow easier than simply allowing myself to BE. It makes no sense at all, and if you’ve ever been there, you’ll know that it also makes perfect sense!

But one day, that pain and exhaustion became too much. One day, something had to change and something had to give. One day, I had to let go, I had to forgive. One day, I had to make the decision that my health/happiness/fulfillment… are all more valuable than my pain.

What I learned was this. When I released those uncomfortable things and changed the stories that made it possible for me to live there for far too long, I made room for the yummy stuff. I made room for Love. I made room for Joy. I made room for a different version of me to show up with the compassion and wisdom I’d gained and to use those gifts for myself and others. I made room for me.

You always have a choice. You can hold onto those uncomfortable feelings, God knows you’ve earned them, right?! OR you can let it go and make room for the yummy stuff. You cannot do both.

If you’re willing to value yourself more than your pain, what will you make room to bring into your life? Now THAT is the good stuff!

With SO much love…

Big Girls Don’t Cry??

Big Girls Don’t Cry??

There’s a situation that’s been dragging on in my life for the last few years. Last Friday was supposed to be the day it would be resolved but it wasn’t and I was disappointed… if I’m honest, I was more than disappointed. I was really frustrated and kind of angry!

I’m SO ready to leave the past in the past and move on with my life! I’m an action taker who likes to get things done and move on to the next thing and I find it REALLY difficult when things are completely out of my hands. It triggers past trauma and feelings of fear and helplessness and that requires me to dance with my demons. While dancing with my demons is sometimes necessary, it isn’t usually the fun kind of dancing…

On this particular occasion, here’s what that dance looked like: I don’t have time for this! I have important things to do and this is getting in the way of everything! Why can’t this just be finished so I can put it behind me???

When I got home, I got in touch with my people with the update that wasn’t an update, and with each conversation or message, I found myself going deeper and deeper into the space of “Poor Me”. I confided to one friend that I felt like I was dragging a big steaming pile of crap through my life and I really wanted to leave it behind me but no matter how much I want to release it I can’t because it’s not resolved and out of my hands. (You can almost hear that triggered helplessness and fear, can’t you?)

Now, let’s be clear, sometimes there are things that are completely outside of our control, especially if you’re dealing with systems – like the legal system or almost anything government related. There are processes and scheduling issues that cause delays and we don’t have much say in that. This can also happen when we’re dealing with people who have a different agenda. It’s part of life and we all deal with it from time to time. But how was going into “Poor Me” going to help me?? Here’s the short answer – it wasn’t because it never does!

And here’s the beauty of what can happen when you do your work…

When I realized what I was doing, I started asking questions. (This is a really great tool to help break out of that “Poor Me” space BTW) “What am I not getting about what’s happening? Is there something I’m supposed to be learning here? Is there anything I can do about this?”, and not long after, the most beautiful thing happened. Part of the chorus from “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie played through my mind and kept playing over and over again:

“I hope you know, I hope you know

That this has nothing to do with you

It’s personal myself and I, we got some straightening out to do”

As it looped through my mind, I started to understand. This really has nothing to do with me, it’s just a thing that’s happening! (Aha moment!) I’m not dragging a big steaming pile of anything through my life, it’s just a factor I need to deal with until this has all played out, AND I have a choice. I may not be able to remove it from my life right now, but I CAN choose how I handle it.

Will I allow that pile to stop me or will I step over or around it and focus on everything amazing in my life and work? Will I allow it to sap my energy or will I put my energy into more productive things? Will I roll around in it and feel like a victim or will I pull up my big girl panties and get on with things? What importance am I going to allow that pile to have in my life, because that is something I can control.

And BONUS TIP – when you get really good at this, try asking this: How can I use this pile of crap as fertilizer for the things I’m growing? I know, good one right?!

The TRUTH is, I have plans and dreams and hopes and goals, I have amazing people who love me for exactly who I am, and I have direction and fulfillment in my work. The TRUTH is, I’ve already moved on and this situation hasn’t stopped me. Delayed? Maybe. Complicated? Certainly, but I’ve learned so much and that knowledge and experience will become fertilizer as I continue to grow.

And just like that, the energy shifted! It’s simply a factor, I haven’t created it, it’s NOT my fault, and there’s nothing I can do to change the situation right now. Kind of like the weather, we just have to figure out how to work with it or around it until it passes. There’s so much ease in that shift.

So here’s the thing. When you find yourself feeling stuck in an uncomfortable situation, what do you do? Do you own the big steaming pile of crap because it happens to be a factor in your life? Or do you step over or around it and keep moving forward?

You, my friend, get to choose what you allow to be an obstacle in your life. That’s not up to anyone else. What do you choose?

With SO much love…