Hi! I’m so excited to be publishing my first blog post for C+L!
What does “Making it Happen” mean to you? What does living the life you want to live look like for you?
These are questions that I ask myself regularly and about 6 months ago, I made a crazy decision to start living the life I wanted to live and stop living the way others wanted me to live- I know, crazy, right?! I started researching work shops and programs trying to figure out what made my heart full? What did I love? What did I want to do with my life? What was most important to me?
A few things on my list:
More time with my children
A career with creativity and service; where I made a difference
The ability to travel and share this with my children
Positive Co-Parenting/ Blended families
So, as the universe would have it, I was given the opportunity to make a change and I took it. So after over a decade in Operations Management, I went out on a limb and jumped in with two feet to create the life I had dreamed of.
Yes, you read that right! Most people thought I was crazy!!
I was freaking out, but I knew that I could not continue working long hours, weekends, which left me exhausted therefore never truly feeling completely present with my children even on my days off. All for what? A paycheck? A fancy title? I wanted more, much more.
I wanted time back, the one thing we give away every moment of the day.
I wanted my work to serve a purpose.
I wanted to be the change I wanted to see in the world.
So knowing that it was not going to be easy, I leaned in and braced for the impact of what would be the next 6 months of my life. Taking action one minute, one day, and one hour at a time. Keeping my squad close and my head high, knowing that in my heart I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
I set off on a journey to create life and content that mattered to me and I chose to support myself by doing things that I loved- even if it meant multiple things at once. I started teaching, I started writing, I started living; I even did a little wedding planning too (who doesn’t love weddings?). I’ve had fun, listened to my heart and gut along the way, and it has yet to steer me wrong. It has propelled me to write an Ebook that will be ready to launch in the next coming weeks and given me the confidence to know that I can do it. Why not? I have gained my time back with my kids, I am more present in my life then I have every been, and have gained unwavering clarity of my purpose. Best of all I now I get the chance to share it with all of you
This time in my life has shown me that joy is in the journey and there isn’t a right way to seek it, its your way.
What keeps you moving forward? Where do you want to be in the next 2 or 5 years? Do you have a vision for what that looks like?
What area of your life do you need to “Make it Happen?”
I started Champagne + Lemonade to create a place that would be devoted to divorced parents and their kids in order to help navigate the waters of uncertainty after a divorce or a break up. As a divorced momma of three, the resources were slim on how to move forward with your new found relationship with your ex spouse and how to build a happy and healthy blended family so through trial and error and experience I want to bring what I’ve learned to each one of you. The blog will offer some of my very own stories as I navigate these waters too, positively and successfully- our kids are counting on us!
Stay Positive, Stay Present