“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”
― Hayley Williams
You’ve seen the movies, read the headlines, someone goes through a painful childhood or lives on the streets, then as an adult, makes it to the top, armed with determination, «badassery» and fire in their eyes. Names like Oprah Winfrey, Chris Gardener (Pursuit of Happiness), and even Ralph Lauren come to mind.
Did you know Ralph Lauren:
«dropped out of college to serve in the army before leaving to work at Brooks Brothers as a sales assistant. He changed his name to Lauren and became convinced men were ready for a new style of tie that was brighter and bolder than previous models. His bosses weren’t convinced so he sold his own brand on the side, before founding Polo with $50,000 in the late 1960s. The fashion giant is now worth around $7 billion.» source
Well, many of us are not celebrities, and do not live lavishly in a million dollar homes, yet I have witnessed many of my close friends find richness, going from the rags of the past, to the riches of the present moment.
We would all LOVE a big hugs bank account, who wouldn’t? Yet, thinking about the past couple of years, I notice that I am taking the time to see how abundant life is, and how joyful it could be, without the luxury of a 3 bathroom house.
You can say, my story is a rags to riches, not only my story, but many of our collective stories are ones of triumph, accomplishment, and high love for ourselves.
Many women and men I have made friends with, have given up their toxic relationships, toxic jobs, and toxic surroundings, for a more simple, self-loving, compassionate, and exquisite lifestyle.
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ”
― Oprah Winfrey
Life is good! Really good!
I am gearing up to celebrate my 2nd year out of self-imposed jail (I take responsability for the choices I have made). 24 months ago, I moved out of a toxic relationship to start a new adventure with my family. It has been a roller coaster ride of many things, and I feel today, after a lot of self-love, psychotherapy and healing habits, I am more present and mindful. I still have ways to go, yet coming into my own, discovering and nurturing my natural talents and passions is, really like winning the lottery! .. actually. It is even better. It is feels more like an accomplishment compared to the luck of the draw.
So, today, I am asking you, do you want to tell your rags to riches story? I would love to hear from you, and I will be posting your story on my blog. So, if you feel like letting the world know how wonderful you are and how you got to live your life’s purpose, send me a 600 to 1000 word post along with your bio, links to your blog, and business (optional).
Note you can also post anonymously.
Tell me about how you got from here to there… Who inspired you?… Your experiences along the way, and anything else you think would be valuable for others to read and be «am-MUSED».
Send everything to me to firstname.lastname@example.org before September
21 st 27th!, and as an incentive, I will give away, to one person (through a draw) the book The Magical Path by Marc Allen. All names will go into a hat, and I will have one of my kids pull the lucky winner.
“I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.” ― Madeleine Albright, Madam Secretary: A Memoir