On February 15, 2013 I shared with you the seventh of seven turning points during which my upcoming book from Hay House/Balboa Press, Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life, gained significant manifestation momentum. Based on overwhelming response to what I shared, over the next few weeks of blog posts, I’ll be sharing the other six turning points with you as well.
The first was enrolling in a life coaching certification program offered by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) in September 2010. The second was launching my first blog in October 2010. The third was beginning to write my clients’ stories of transformation in August 2011. The fourth was enrolling in Christine Kloser’s 2012 Transformational Author Experience in May 2012. The fifth was a combination writing retreat and vacation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the South Jersey Shore in July 2012. The sixth was finding New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living in Aurora, Colorado, in November 2012. The seventh was a three-week writing retreat in January 2013, during which I completed the manuscript.
The common denominator was a process of baby steps through which I embraced and transformed fear so that I might step further into my calling to foster hope and personal transcendence through the power of unconditional self-love.
Turning Point 1
In 2009, one of my art students approached me about becoming her life coach. Honored by the request and a little freaked out by the possibility, I declined. Logically it made sense given my professional experience and expertise, but I still had much personal healing to do before I would be ready to coach others effectively.
By March 2010, out of overwhelming gratitude for being eighty pounds lighter physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, all I wanted to do was find a way to share what I had learned and experienced with the world. I believed my story could help others find the lives of deep peace, lasting joy, and meaningful relationships they longed for. I had been similarly inspired in October 2008 when I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. The author awakened in me the possibility that writing a book about my journey might encourage and inspire others with hope for what is possible.
My friend and marketing professional, Barbara Kay Escher, jumped on the bandwagon and began urging me to get my message of hope and possibilities out into the world. Yet despite a lifetime of journaling from the age of eight and a successful consulting career chock full of excellent writing, no one, including me, understood that I had become afraid to write. Or, more accurately, afraid to publish anything I had written. As a result, I continued to hide my light under a bushel a while longer.
On August 29, 2010, I told my husband that I didn’t know how I was going to fulfill the deep calling I felt to help others, but it wouldn’t involve taking tests or being judged by anyone. I woke up the next day feeling moved to Google life coaching certification programs on the Web. Smack dab at the top position of the ever-rotating list of sponsored Google sites was iPEC. Over the next two days, I researched their qualifications and approach, talked with their director of admissions, was accepted into the program, paid my admissions fee, and signed up for a nine-month life coaching certification program that makes boot camp look like a stroll in the park. Writing my first paper—a thirty-three-page review of my entire life—was sheer unadulterated terror. So much for no more testing or judging by third parties.
In next week’s blog post, I’ll share Turning Point 2, the story of how I got over my fear of publishing by launching a blog. What’s love got to do with it? Everything! Every day, my life continues to provide living proof of what you can accomplish through a series of endless, courageous baby steps fueled by love-based core energy.
One morning a few weeks ago I woke up reciting out loud my latest Divine Download. After a few minutes, I realized I’d been sent my new, simplified job description:
- Show up.
- Bring your “A” game.
- Trust the details to God.
Or, in the words of my favorite country western muse, Kathy Mattea, “Spread your wings, close your eyes and always trust your cape!”