I remember the day the white envelope was set in front of me. The envelope that ended my career of over a decade at a major theme park. I felt so lost, not only had I been injured (pain I still struggle with to this day) but then I also was required to separate from the company to get treatment paid for since it “wasn’t their fault.”
To say I felt lost was an understatement, what comes next? What do I do when this is all I really know and now I’m in insane physical pain. This was a massive curveball I newer saw coming, but this is the moment we can make a choice.
This was the universe telling me I needed to be something different, something more but it’s not always that easy. Those times when it literally feels like your world has come crashing down on you remember it isn’t, and you’ve got this.
One of the very first things I recommend is really focus on the things that you love, these will always lead you to what’s next. You may not always see the clear path of what’s next but focusing on the things you love will lead you there. When the pain ended my career I focused on my health, fashion and running a business. Out of it I realized what I was good at and what actually brought me joy!
Redifining what found me joy was the key to no longer feeling like the world was going to crash in on me anymore. Suddenly it no longer felt like I was trying to find my footing anymore. I may not have all the answers still (but do we ever?) but I no longer feel like I’m drowning.
Reading became a really important part of my daily routine. Jen Sincero’s “You Are a Bad Ass” became one of my favorite reads. She is so empowering that no matter what, roll up those sleeves do the work and make your life happen for you. The right pieces will always come to you if you keep putting in the work. I have a big belief in leap and the net shall appear. The mindset change really made shifts for me and out pieces in front of me I could have never imagined!
In reading her book so many things were set in my path to change my life financially and give me new focus in my life. I was making more money than I had ever made in a job I didn’t mind that gave me the time and energy to focus on my “what’s next.”
Something you hear me talk about a lot is taking time for meditation. I can’t stress the importance of this enough, even if it’s three times a week. The time to quiet you mind and just be is amazing for your nerves, giving better focus and just taking time for you. This doesn’t look like Rifiki from Lion King. This is simply sitting or laying comfortably while quieting your mind or using a guided meditation (there’s some amazing ones on YouTube, feel free to message me for recommendations) to take some time for you.
Some times it feels like the floor has opened up and the world has swallowed you whole with no idea where to go or what’s next. It happens and it’s ok! Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want, things don’t go the way we plan and we get twists and turns. You’ve got this! You are bigger than this, you are stronger than this and now you have some tools to conquer it!
I hope these help you find your footing again!