When you think the odds are stacked against you
…the Universe is actually working out a plan for you. So if you’re in need of inspiration, coaching and mentoring read on.
I would like to dedicate this blog to my very, very dear ‘wee big sis’ Clare Darwish. This morning you inspired me (to write this blog from my heart), you motivated me (to express my vulnerability) without even knowing you were doing either. You gave me much needed support (you care about me and you’re interested in me and what I do), you told me what to do (with my website and work) which I have wanted guidance with for years, without realising you were! This is what I do for others when I coach them and what I’ve needed for myself for a long time. Thank you dear heart – I love you to bits.
I get so many comments on my blog and Facebook pages about how inspirational my journey is and how happy and relaxed I look and what an amazing trip I’m on, etc. And all that is true plus a lot more – to an extent. Have you noticed that in my blogs I try to also show some of the down sides or less positive aspects of the path that I’ve chosen (yes, chosen although I knew it would be difficult and a huge journey in personal growth)? Many just see the images and think ‘WOW!’ how lucky is she or I wish that was me or I was brave enough or had the money or whatever is relevant to their personal situation and emotions.
Most of you who know me, know that I’m a pretty positive sort of person seeing the silver lining in most clouds. I’ve even been accused of being too positive. I get that. But I’m also human and I sure as hell have had my lows and fears on this journey I’ve been on for the last 6 months.
We make our own luck – or not. I read recently ‘He who risks, wins’ which says a lot for me. We can’t cocoon ourselves to stay safe in our little ball of soft, fluffy cotton wool so that we don’t get hurt in any way. Well, we can but then we also don’t get to experience so many things that are there for us to experience and thus grow.
On this journey I have had so many out of this world, fabulous, heart warming, fun, adventurous, beautiful experiences – most of them involving people I’ve interacted with along the way. But I’ve also had some tough, lonely, disappointing, confusing and scary experiences. And guess what? THAT is all part of life. We have to have opposites in our life to understand what is available to us and in order for us to be able then to DO something about it and achieve a balance that works for us. Not your parents or boss or partner or best friend but what works for you.
So I’m often going through just the same ups and downs that I would at home but just doing them in perhaps a more exotic (at times) location. I’ve had plenty of time for reflection and I still wonder partly what this whole journey of mine is about but I know ‘all shall be revealed’, probably when I get home.
So, to the title of this blog which was the first in a series of ‘What I’ve learned and am still learning’ that I began to write in January on Phu Quoc Island after leaving the first NGO in Ha Noi after only 5 weeks when I should have been there 6 months; I absolutely know and trust that when I’m having the crappiest time whether due to circumstances or emotions or both, that there IS a bigger picture, there IS another plan that I’m not privy to and that eventually, all will be well. It’s not easy, especially when you’re in that low place where you feel unsupported, unloved and all alone but you come out of it don’t you? And then things look up and get brighter and better and you feel happier and we just have to remember THAT when we’re back down in that hole again, because we most probably will be at some point.
I’m here because I’m passionate about my coaching work and making a real difference in other’s lives so they can be the best they can and want to be and achieve the things they want, whether great or small. I never get tired or bored or distracted when I’m working with my clients. On the contrary, I get totally energised, or as a dear friend says – GLENergised! And I have plenty of that GLENergy to pass on to inspire and motivate you also.
One of the things I’ve been saying for the last couple of years is I want a mobile business. Have laptop and internet, will travel. With my Inspiration, Coaching and Mentoring business, I can engage and work with my clients whether from home or the back of a yacht in the Bahamas (that one is yet to come!). It’s been a great source of fun and delight to be able to say ‘well on our first session, I was in a hotel in Bangkok and she was on the beach in Australia’ or ‘our next session I was in a café in Siem Reap and she was in Florida’ and so on. My clients move about as much as me (well, nearly) and I’m very grateful for the technology we have in our world today that allows us not only this freedom but the aspect of being able to have global clients from all walks of life, no matter where we are.
If I leave Asia after my 9 month adventure of volunteering at 3 NGO’s and some miscellaneous travelling having inspired and motivated just one person to trust and listen to their intuition, to strive for their brilliance to shine, then my job has been done, my journey successful and I shall be rewarded a thousand times.
With all my love and blessings,
Psst… as usual, I’d love to hear your views and thoughts on my journey so far. Feel free to post a comment in the box below or email me direct and share this blog if you know someone in need of some encouragement – thank you!
GO FOR IT- whatever it is! And if you’re not sure how to do that, let me help you.