Hi remarkable women! I've been reading a lot of your posts here and I sense a lot of anxiety, stress, regret, fear. So I wanted to share a thought and story with you. Perhaps this might shift you in some way.
One of the greatest things I learned in 2020: There's a gift and opportunity in EVERY circumstance even if it's not obvious right off the bat
For context: In January, I left my job at Google, sold everything in my NYC apartment and took a 1-way flight out to Ghana to volunteer at a breast cancer non-profit. The plan was to volunteer until May then travel the world (a dream I've had for nearly a decade). Then COVID came along. Borders in Ghana shut and I ended up getting stuck there for 7 months
? I was able to take on more coaching clients (I coach women to let go of the 'shoulds' and confidently be the author of their own life story)
? I rolled out the Own Your Worth Inner Circle (a group program for women to build mental fitness and gain clarity, confidence and courage while being a part of a small tribe of remarkable women)
? I connected more deeply with my husband, my parents, my friends and even strangers from LinkedIn to Fairygodboss to the Female Lead!
? I did a lot of inner work on myself
? I (re)discovered my love for writing and have published lots of blog posts / articles to share my voice
? I left Ghana with a dozen aunties, uncles, mums, and wonderful friends!
What gifts and opportunities have you received from the circumstances of 2020?
Though it might not be obvious in the moment, there's a gift and opportunity in every circumstance. I promise you that. It might show up a week later, a month later or perhaps years later, but it'll be there and it'll all make sense.
Big hugs to you.