DIVE IN

Have you ever wanted something so badly, in your life, that you would do just about anything to get it?  Well that is how I feel about singing, acting and writing.  This is my life’s passion, my life’s work.  I feel I have been following a calling to achieve these dreams since early childhood.  Life has had its ups and downs.  I have traveled in many exciting directions. But there is only one direction that continues to grab my attention.  That’s right, I am about to not walk, not run, not jump…to DIVE IN.

I recently resigned from a position as Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  I spent a few years growing as a therapist and supporting individuals and families with their life’s challenges.  It dawned on me after several life changing experiences; that there is no better time than the present, to pursue my dream full-time.  You see, I tried the 50/50 approach.  I wanted to do “all” of what I enjoyed.  I thought I could be a counselor, actor, singer, mom, wife all at the same time.  What I discovered is that this does not work for me.  Something had to give.  The most important role is being a mom, wife, friend and of course, a friend to myself.  I needed to practice better self-care.

I’d encourage my patients to practice better self-care and support them in pursuit of their highest good.  However, I found myself questioning if I had done the same.  Over the past few years, I have auditioned for commercials, sang for contests and submitted for roles. However, this was sporadic and time constrained.  And so with that being said, I am choosing a new direction.  It is time to DIVE IN!

From now on, this blog will chronicle my “diving in” to the unknown seas of the future.   What I do know for sure is that I have a clear vision.  What I don’t know is how this vision will come to fruition.  I am letting go of a desire to know the outcome, to control the situation because I realize I can only surrender to a higher plan.  Yes, it will be work on my part and I do believe in free will.  But when you are doing work you love; it’s not really work.  I realize that I will be doing a majority of the change making.

Buckle your seat belts, and come along for this journey I’m about to embark upon.  It will begin here in Winter Park, Florida.

I changed it up !

My previous blog was about changing the course of a moment, a day, a week and so on.  Yesterday I chose to change the way my day was going.  You see it could have been the usual routine with my 14 month old baby girl.  I had just written my morning post called “Change it up” and began to wonder how I could change my day.  As the day progressed, household responsibilities consumed my thoughts.  And then I began cooking and attending to all baby needs.  I understand that there are things in our day, that must get done.  Yet there are also things we can let go of, at least for a while.  So around 2 pm I was feeling sluggish and bored of the same routine.  It dawned on me that I wrote a post about the very thing I was experiencing yesterday morning.

Yet, no matter how much I wanted to change my day, it wasn’t happening.  Why? I began to ask myself.  And I realized that cognitively I was stuck in the same thought pattern, but emotionally I was ready to move forward.   So what did I do?  I changed my thoughts to match my emotions and “Viola!!!”, I had a much better day.  So did my sweet baby girl!  Why?  Because Olivia (our daughter) and I went outside and had a picnic with snacks enjoying the beautiful weather.  She even got to play with her friend across the street.  Did I mention that I also had a great workout walking with her up and down our drive way.  We both had our needs met enjoying sunshine, play and snacktime.  A win- win!

I must share photos of our beautiful baby girl enjoying snack and her pink swing!  When you decide to change-up something in your day or week, feel free to share on feedback form below!  I’d like to know you changed your day.

Be Well,  Kimberly

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