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How to Know When Your Life is On the Right Path

For as long as I can remember, I knew exactly what path I wanted my life to take.  I wanted to grow up and be a wife and a mommy and a teacher.  I never doubted myself.  I knew that was my destiny.  Period.  I suppose in some ways I was lucky to know this so early because I never worried about where I was headed…I just always knew.

Well, I have been a wife…..three times!  I am happy to report that I finally got that right. I am married to a man that I adore and best of all, I trust him and can be completely myself.  He walked into my life when I was older and sick and not working and had four grown sons and somehow decided I was his soulmate and I will forever be grateful for that.  I have never felt so loved.

I have four wonderful sons who I am so very, very proud of.  They are kind and compassionate and ….well, I could go on and on.  They are my favorite people!  My favorite thing is seeing how they love each other now that they are grown.

I did go to college to become a teacher and got my degree.  I was able to teach Kindergarten for a while which is what I envisioned growing up and I LOVED it!!  But then when I got my first divorce, I took a job as a Center Director at a Day Care Center in order to be able to be with my son more often and I ended up staying in that job for many years.  I went on to teach adults daycare certification courses and even did daycare in my home.   So, the teacher in me still got to use her skills.

But then I got sick.  Then sicker.  By this time I had stopped working to raise my boys full time.  Jump ahead to now, almost 15 years later and I’m still sick.

Throughout all of this time that I have been sick, I have tried and tried to think of what I could do to fill the VOID.  I wanted to feel useful.  I wanted/needed to bring in an income.   Not knowing from day to day if I could get out of bed made working outside of home impossible, so I was constantly trying to think of what I could do from home.  My dream became doing something with crafts because I loved creating.  I thought perhaps ETSY, or my own website.  Over the past few years, I worked on creating a blog to back that up but got discouraged by my lack of tech skills and gave up.

Recently, I tried again.  This time felt different.  I knew if I didn’t do it this time, I never would and that thought absolutely haunted me.  Being home all the time is boring!  It’s lonely!  I desperately needed something!  So I crafted and crafted and got a booth space to get me started.  And I started working on a blog.

A few things started to happen.  It became very clear, very quickly, that my crafts were very time consuming and would never truly be profitable if I factored in my time.  That didn’t use to matter to me, but I wanted this to be a legit business so now it did.  I was also making very few sales at my booth.  I don’t think I am a very good fit there.  The crafting did feel great though…..until it didn’t.

Eventually, I got wiped out and ended up in bed where I always end up when my illness flairs.  But I was able to get on my computer and work on blog stuff.  Before I knew it, I was working on the blog from the moment I woke up until I went to sleep.  And I was loving it.  I was learning tons of new things and I was meeting new people and it was EXCITING!  I wasn’t bored or lonely! I was sick…but I was able to DO something that was productive!  I even did an intensive 3-day Ultimate Blogging Bootcamp while I was feeling yucky and was able to camp out in my bed and keep up with the whole thing.

And then I had my AHA moment…..well, I have had several so I will list a few

  • My blog will be for two types of people….chronically ill people and people who are super busy…..both need simple ideas that can be carried out quickly and with little fuss
  • The blog will be the focus of my business and my crafts will just be for pleasure
  • I can become a teacher again by using my blog as my classroom, teaching recipes, home decor, and crafts and, at some point, I can even teach blogging as a work-from-home option for chronically ill or anyone who needs or wants that option

And how do I know my life is on the right path?

Because it makes my heart happy. And it lines up with everything I have always wanted to do.  And it is doable.  And challenging.  And purposeful.  And works for my family.  And makes me excited from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep.  And provides a way for me to help others.  And I can do it even when I can’t do anything else.  And it makes me proud of myself.  And at the end of the day….I have found peace!

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    February 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    you rock sister!

    • Reply
      LeeAnn
      February 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      So do you sister!!! XOXO

  • Reply
    Marianne
    February 5, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    As you know by now from reading my book, (I just realized) you and I have a few things in common!
    BTW, your website is really beautiful.

    • Reply
      LeeAnn
      February 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Yes, we sure do!! And thank you so much!!

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    Julie
    April 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    How could I have missed this one? I love your blog posts 😊

    • Reply
      LeeAnn
      April 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Thanks darlin❤️

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