Rewriting my story …
My life has changed forever – it’s not the first time this has happened, nor will it likely be the last. But this time, the change is more than usually significant. This is one of those leaps and bounds times! And it took me totally by surprise.
So many changes …
My life. My health. … Me.
I never imagined in a million years that I would be physically debilitated in my 40’s. I also thought I knew me. Really knew me. And I did. (I’m a hugely introspective and self-reflective person bent on always growing myself to be my best self.) But what I want … what I value … how I want to spend the good hours that I get … who I want to be … and how I want to be in this world and in my life … has changed.
There is goodness to love in this change …
What do I want – what’s important to me?
What I want and value are the same things. Happiness, healthiness, love, laughter, positive relationships, gratitude, positivity, being authentic and genuine, PINK (lol, for those of you who know me from being an author), to help people, to nurture and empower growth and development, to not be afraid so much, to help the earth support life for far longer than is currently projected … These are at the top of my list, and efforts to build them influence my decisions and nourish my life with my honeybun, Pauli.
Who do I want to be, how do I want to be in the world, and how do I want to spend my good hours?
Career/work-wise, I’ve been a lot of things over the years: A scientist. Educator. Mentor. Motivational and inspirational speaker. Pre-health careers success coach. And author.
Naturally, all of these have grown me into who I am and what I’m capable of sharing now. And this is exciting to me! I’ve never been more ready to be me than I am now!
Accomplishments + Personality + Values + Life Challenges + Life Lessons Learned = My focus and my purpose!
This newly refined and defined focus and purpose has been baking like a delicious chocolate cake inside me for a while now. And about a month ago, the oven timer dinged with absolute clarity. I was talking to Pauli out on the couch. And I was telling him, “I know to my core I want to be love in this world. I want to share love. I want to help people be happy and healthy and have goodness in their lives. I want them to feel my love and my big hugs!” I stopped and beamed at him, “I want to be the ripple!”
He beamed back, “Then that’s what you should do – be the ripple!”
So that’s what this change is all about. It’s about being the ripple. Me sharing my love and big hugs with you. Sharing happiness and healthier living. Helping you to feel, build, and grow everything I value in my heart and have to share with you, so you can have happiness and healthier living in your own life.
And if for a second you are sitting there shaking your head thinking thoughts like, “Mary Kate, happiness is for other people, not me. I can’t be happy.” Or, “Healthy living is hard. Expensive. I can’t make it happen.” Or, “Mary Kate, you’re lucky. But my life is hard. It doesn’t come with happiness.” Or anything else like these thoughts, then let me just say …
Firstly, I can’t tell you everything about me all in one post … but I can tell you this: My life isn’t peaches and cream, or oh so happy go lucky.
I wasn’t born knowing how to be happy or how to live healthily.
I’ve come through my own personal hell to get here: emotionally, physically, mentally, financially, … zero self-respect, zero self-confidence, zero self-esteem, and fully well slamming into rock bottom with terminal velocity (more than once). And I still face challenges all of the time. I’m human. Life happens. But in my human imperfection, I am trying, and I choose happiness and to live as healthily as I can, and I am learning and growing and finding ways to nurture these into my life.
I invite you to choose them, too! Choose them with me. Be the ripple, first for you, and then for those you love around you!
And for being here and choosing to be the ripple with me, I have an empowering GIFT to share!
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