During a recent coffee date, a friend congratulated me on this blog. She said it’s wonderful for me to share the content that I do, and that I am fortunate to have found a way to contribute to the world that is meaningful to me. I felt honored by the compliment. Then she told me she was happy with her life, but that she feels she is not pursuing her calling. Furthermore, she has no idea what her calling is.
I love personal reflection and looking to more deeply know myself. The idea of finding my calling has been on my mind since my late twenties. I have read a plethora of articles and books on this very topic. Below is a series of questions I feel helped me find some answers. I advise people to consider them if they also want more clarity on how to align with their life’s purpose. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed how a feeling, either emotional or physical, occurs with almost every thought? I had known from previous experiences how my emotions fluctuate with my thoughts, but I had not made the connection that passing thoughts can affect me physically. I keep a to-do list and it usually grows, then shrinks, then grows and shrinks again. Last week, however, was filled with unexpected meetings and my list kept growing and growing. As I noticed this, and felt pressure to get everything done before I go on vacation in two weeks, I could feel my abs tighten. This happened throughout the entire week. On Friday, as I reviewed my list before the weekend, I felt my abs tighten again and I realized – this is probably what gives people ulcers.
My very next thought was, I don’t want an ulcer! I relaxed and then considered how other thoughts have caused different physical feelings. When my husband pays me compliments, I feel a lightness in my chest. When my kids work my last nerve, I feel tension in my shoulders. When I hear something truly uplifting, I feel a wave of goosebumps. Continue reading
I have a dirty little secret, and it’s called The Real Housewives of New Jersey. I love this show. I’ve watched it since its first season and have never missed an episode. People are always surprised when I tell them this, considering how my usual topics for discussion are finances, development, and growth. Admittedly this isn’t the only reality show I watch since I’ve already written about my appreciation for Fixer Upper, but the RHONJ is the only one I regularly DVR.
Partly I love watching this show to see the gorgeous homes and stylish accessories, but also because of all the shows in the Housewives franchise this one pays homage to an “old school” mentality. My mom was German and I very closely identify with that part of my heritage, but my dad grew up in an Irish Italian Catholic household. While my mom set the tone for our family traditions and holidays, my dad set a discipline that aligns closely with old world values. On top of gender expectations on how to be good girls and do our part, my sister and I were taught about standing our ground, not snitching and the hierarchy of loyalty. Because RHONJ is centered around the lives of Italian American families, many of these themes are shown. The women all say they align with them…even when they don’t, and that’s when the drama happens. Continue reading
Here’s the thing about fear, it’s insidious. It’s a weed that if not managed can quickly overrule your mind. I know this, and because I know this I actively combat it. In my life I have occasionally allowed fear to make my decisions for me, but more often I force myself to do what I think is right/good/smart despite my fear. In fact, I’ve willfully taken on tasks that caused my knees to shake and heart to race nearly to the point of inducing a panic attack. Even with this nature, with my guard up and a desire to fuel the world with good vibes and clarity, fear snuck up on me. Continue reading