I found myself standing at the top of the mountain, hundreds of feet above the ground, about to be pushed off the edge of the Earth…
Last week I had the incredible opportunity to take my husband to Costa Rica. Believe it or not, it was our first time away from our kids in 20 years. The main event was five days packed full of learning and connecting as part of a wonderful coaching retreat with my coaching sisters and mentors.
Facing my terrible fear of heights was just one of many perks of a trip that re-energized and inspired me.
On top of that mountain, with an incredible view of infinite green treetops below me, I was first petrified. I almost backed out. But when I took a deep, slow breath, I thought about taking the plunge and what an exhilarating way to conquer my fear of heights it would be. Even more than that, it symbolized my growth in recent years, both as a business owner and as a mother who has taught her children they can dream and make life their oyster. Leaping into the lush abyss meant I wasn’t just all talk. I was modelling a way to take risks, have incredible fun, be ceaselessly adventurous, live outside my comfort zone and face my fears.
I knew that these life lessons were crucial to my personal life and everything I bring to my mentorship relationships, so I took another deep breath and stepped over the edge and off I went.
It was all I hoped and more. The best part was that my husband, my most important partner in life, ziplined with me past the fear.
The exhilarating experience reminded me where I was just two years ago: unemployed and struggling endlessly with the never-ending problem of whether I would ever get a job. I took a plunge of a different sort back then. Every single day, even when it was getting really hard, I sent out resumes and went out into the world to connect with new people. I was scared, but looked for the opportunity within that life outside my comfort zone. I reflected on how I wanted to move forward and made a plan to do so.
Now, I’ve come back from Costa Rica recharged and with a sense of calm that I haven’t experienced in a very long time. As a mom, wife and entrepreneur, I understand what it feels like to be spinning out of control. I know societal pressures tell us we need to be so busy all the time, otherwise people might think something bad about us. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness. I’d rather get caught up in Costa Rica.
Here’s what I’m thinking about after my trip:
- Face fear straight on; it is exhilarating.
- Great experiences can come in the most unexpected forms.
- Life reflects your reactions to it.
- Surround yourself with people who believe in you and people you want to be like.
- Thinking outside the box can give you new perspective. Living outside your comfort zone can teach you new skills.
- Embrace time for you.
- Having fun is a lot of fun!
If I can jump off a cliff like Superwoman, you can take back control of your life.
If you’re currently living in stress, overwhelmed by your obligations and unsure how to make time for yourself, please contact me at (403) 652-0576 and I will be more than willing to help you live the life you are meant to live.