I want to preface this post by stating: I’m not in my ‘anti-goals era,’ okay?
I’m just a girl who’s recently had to reflect on the immense pressure I put on myself to show up and succeed in life and online.
Relatable? Keep scrolling.
If you’ve been following along for the last month, you know I lost my mom a few weeks ago and my dad a little over a year ago. Big stuff, I know.
A lot like a professional athlete sitting on the sidelines of their sports career after suffering an injury, I feel like grief has sent me to the sidelines of my business.
And as someone who used to be all-gas-no-breaks about chasing goals and growing my business, I was quickly humbled by the lack of ambition brought on by loss.
Ironically, this caused me to revisit my relationship with ambition — something we as business owners (and humans) often aren’t forced to do.
But life has a strange way of putting things into perspective, and it’s often during times of trials that we reassess our priorities and our “why”.
For me, losing both my parents within a year was a humbling realization that sometimes it’s okay not to be ambitious…because ambition no longer exists.
👉🏼 I learned that it’s okay to take a pause and nurture yourself.
👉🏼 It’s okay to take up hobbies that help you heal without turning them into a goal.
👉🏼 It’s okay not to be focused on growth, milestones, or creating something new.
For you, it might be burnout.
Or a big life change.
Or maybe you crave the space to ask yourself if you actually want the thing you’re chasing…or if you’re chasing it because that’s the “ambitious” thing to do.
Today, I invite you to join me on this personal journey as I share my reflections on the necessity to sometimes step off the treadmill of ambition and the courage to be content with what we have accomplished when life throws a curveball instead.
You’ll get to hear how a trip with my husband to a life-changing B&B in Vermont and a conversation with a fellow business owner sparked the conversation for today’s podcast.
Please send me a DM on Instagram after you listen and let me know what you think of having more conversations like this on the podcast.