As I heard my 5 children come in the front door and head up the stairs my heart wrenched in physical and emotional pain.
I fell to my knees and began sobbing uncontrollably.
It was right then that I realized as I heard their joyful laughing voices calling “Mom! We’re Home!” that this day could have been so very different.
I thanked my Heavenly Father that my children would find me alive and happy to see them, not seemingly asleep yet not breathing having left them and this life... by accidental overdose.
That’s the day I decided my life had to change and I had to find the joy within myself.
Things didn't change overnight like in the movies. That was not the day I found joy, happiness, and that everything was going to be perfect. It’s not the day that the dementors left me. It was not the day that all of my problems went away.
Without question, it was the day I realized that my heart had stopped beating.
I will always remember that is WAS the day I decided to start living again. The first thing I had to do was to remember who I was. I had spent so many years being only what everyone else told me I should be or that I thought I had to be to be accepted and loved that I didn't know who I was anymore.
So, it's time for you to do a self-check.
When is the last time you felt your heart beating? When is the last time you truly felt joy in your life and knew without hesitation who you are, what your purpose is, and how you are going to achieve your dreams and goals?
Here are three powerful steps for how you can do this:
Y - YOU! Take care of you every day.
The average woman spends only 17 minutes a day on herself. That's just crazy! Taking care of ourselves is mandatory to feel alive. How can we care for those we love if we don't care for ourselves?
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
I'd love to hear you share your "I AM" statement below. Who are you really? Deep down in your deepest soul?
E - EXCITED! Get excited about your life and what you're doing every day.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to wake up excited every morning? If you aren't doing what you are passionate about your heart won't be ablaze and you won't feel anything.
"Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it." -Don Herold
We must choose to do things that get us excited! Do you want to change the world, have a great relationship, have fewer negative emotions? What about success? Chose what you want to do and be in your life and how you want to live and get excited about it!
S - START! Don't wait. Do it NOW!
"One day you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted... Do it now." -Paulo Coelho
Someone once said, "The time to have the map is before you enter the woods." Do you have your map ready?
What are you waiting for? Right this very minute, make a clear plan and make it happen!
Y.E.S. You need to get Excited and Start now!