Is it just me or did this year FLY by? As I look back on 2021, I am amazed by all that has transpired this year. I lost my job in February and honestly it’s been up ever since! Working from home with my kids during the pandemic really took a toll on my mental health, especially while grieving the loss of loved ones who transitioned in 2020. I planned on quitting my job as an analyst anyway, they just beat me to it. To be honest, I was scared to take the leap for two main reasons:
- I’ve consistently had a job since I was 16 and I was stepping outside of my comfort zone into new territory: business ownership.
- As a single mother of three kids I feared walking away from my main source of income.
I felt like I needed to save more money or earn enough commissions to replace my income before transitioning into full time entrepreneurship. Granted I did have some money saved but not as much as all the financial gurus recommend. When I got fired it was either sink or swim, and by the grace of God I made it through the year.
Being released from employment allowed me the creative freedom and time freedom that I’ve always dreamed of. My real estate business took off, new opportunities started coming my way, and on November 1st I opened my first brick and mortar location: The Presley Post, a coworking space. This is a big deal for my family and my city! My last name is hanging on a sign downtown on Main Street, and it’s still so surreal. Out of all of my accomplishments, this is by far the greatest of them all.
For those of you who have been following me since the beginning of my self-help journey, you know that The Presley Post started as a lifestyle & finance blog in 2019. Over the past couple years the blog evolved into a podcast, and then into an online community of women who I consider to be my soul tribe. Many of you reached out to me and encouraged me to keep creating content and being a light. Thank you for those words of affirmation. You helped me realize my gift: expressing myself through words is healing myself AND others. Now that I’m settled in my new office, it feels good to get back to doing what I LOVE: writing, creating, educating, connecting, and serving others. You’ll be hearing from myself and Lauren (contributing writer) a lot more from now on.
Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.
While my twenties were a dark, drunken mess, filled with one hard lesson after another, my thirties have been filled with gratitude, purpose, healing and love. My self love journey required me to drop bad habits and set firm boundaries, and this has been easier said than done. When I replaced partying with studying, my circle got smaller and I gradually ended up in complete solitude. As I struggled to balance my job, motherhood, and entrepreneurship I was criticized, doubted, and misunderstood by family and friends because they couldn’t see my vision; I remained focused. Cleaning my slate allowed room for more blessings and alignment with people who do understand and contribute to my growth.
Your vibe attracts your tribe.
The Universe is always working to align you with your highest good, but first you must gain clarity on what that looks like for you. It’s hard to live up to your full potential if you are playing it safe, or doing what others think is best for you. What do you love to do? Who do you want to become? Imagine what life would be like if you were living your wildest dreams. Now, hold on to that vision. Then take immediate action, even if it’s baby steps. Start by creating a vision board, investing $25 a month, reading a how-to book, sticking to your morning routine, or making a to-do list. One day you will look up and hardly recognize the person you used to be or the life you used to live, but you’ve got to be persistent and remain open.
As you navigate life’s journey, just remember that elevation requires separation from people, places, and things that no longer serve your highest good. It may get lonely for a while, you’ll have to leave a lot behind, and you’ll even experience growing pains, but remember why you started this new path. You deserve everything your heart desires and all the good things life has to offer.
Peace & blessings to you.