I, too, struggled with the 9-5 (or longer!) work days in an office that I hated going into each morning. I know all too well what it feels like to have to deal with surly clients and uncooperative coworkers and to not get any recognition for all the extra time I put in and responsibilities I took on.
I lived for lunch hours, coffee breaks, weekends, and most of all – vacations!
I didn’t know how to break out of this situation because, hey, I needed my job. I needed to pay my bills. There wasn’t some fairy godmother who was suddenly going to give me a bag of cash and set me free. AND I was SO frustrated! My crabbiness about work was spilling over into the rest of my life and I was snapping at my husband and just generally not that pleasant to be around.
I remember one spring day when the sun was shining so beautifully on the bright green grass, you know how it is so fresh and new in the spring, and the lilacs were just starting to bloom. I was driving by this park I always passed on my way to the office and I thought, “Ohhhh, if I could just spend the day in the park sitting in the sun and reading and not have to go into that soul-sucking place.” The desire for some breath of freedom from the “stuckness” I was feeling was so great that I just about started to cry.
And that was it. I knew something had to change.
So I got serious about finding a solution.
I studied books. I took courses. I studied people who had the lifestyle that I wanted.
And then, after lots and lots of studying, I finally realized something REALLY important.
I finally realized in my heart of hearts that I was the only one who could set myself free.
I know! I sound like a slow learner – right?
But that was the key. Many books I had read had told me this, but FINALLY I actually got it.
Deep down I finally understood that I was the only one who could make each day better and change my life.
BUT – I still wasn’t quite sure where to start, or what changes I could make with the resources I had, that would help me create the life I really wanted and create it NOW, not in some distant “someday.”
If you can relate to any of this story, then I’ve got good news!