If you have read my story, you know a little about how I got to where I am now. As I stumble around trying to find my footing, I started to wonder if I am a fraud. I confessed this very thing to my business coach. “How can I empower other women, when I still feel quite lost? Am I being deceptive?” I asked.
With a bright, wide grin and sparkle in her eye, she said, “No, Debbie. This is part of your journey as much as it is theirs.”
As I pondered her response and let the words sink in, I thought, “Yes…and this is the best part of the journey, sharing it and living through it with others.”
My journey started long before the idea of Emerge Empowerment came to me. I have felt so lost and directionless for years. Yes, I have a corporate job (going into my 16th year at my current company) that pays the bills, makes me feel secure, and allows me to rely on no one but myself.
Unfortunately, it is killing me. It eats away at me every day, stealing happiness and fulfillment; leaving me without a sense of purpose and overworking me until I cannot even think straight.
But through the years, I found distractions from my misery—writing to decorating to real estate and more. The list goes on. And while I certainly love all of those things, I didn’t give myself fully to them; certainly not enough for a career.
I know now that I was searching…searching for something that would fulfill me and give purpose to my life.
When the concept of Emerge “emerged” (hee, hee), a fire lit up inside of me and I knew for sure it was not a “distraction.” It was my purpose, my calling, and I knew then and there that I had to make it a reality. “How??” became the question. I know nothing about running a business!
And so every day I flounder. Every. Single. Day.
For me, a typical day consists of 12-14 hours working at my corporate job; checking on and/or reposting close to 300 items listed on Craigslist from the event decorating business I used to have; hopping onto all of my social media to make sure I’m interacting, supporting, and responding to people; and trying to figure out WHEN I am going to have to time start working on my education for my coaching certification. Throw in daily/weekly chores and errands, trying to put energy into my relationship, and, oh, maybe find some time to sleep, eat, and exercise. It is daunting and exhausting. And now, figure out how to run a valuable and profitable business so I can leave my corporate job, help women learn how to empower themselves, and live the life I desire. WHAT?!?!
I am grateful to have merged life-paths with a fabulous business coach, an amazing financial coach, and some absolutely incredible women whom I know will have a positive impact on me professionally and personally. I learn so much each day. And the more I learn, the more I know I will build Emerge into a place where women want to come to get educated, feel safe, learn to care for and empower themselves. The Emerge Family will grow and I will cultivate it.
I know this journey will likely be rocky and filled with challenges. I also know it’s going to be the best time of my life! Chances are, there are likely some of you out there going through your own transition. No matter where you are in your journey, I invite you to join me and let’s traverse this adventure together; supporting and encouraging each other at every step. So, this is my true story, along with the story of my hopes and dreams. And this I know…
Together, we can do this!
Have YOU made the transition? I’d love to hear about your journey; successes AND stumbles. Please comment below and share.
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