What will your legacy be?

So have to start my share time with you today by being completely honest and admitting that I did not follow my own advice last week…I did not listen to my stomach.  I actually did the exact opposite and fell into a big mess!  It caused a lot of unnecessary stress, tension and maybe a few ugly words.  To make a very long story short, when someone asked if I could pay for a business expense, my gut said not to do it… for some strange reason that I cannot explain, I did it anyway and it didn’t end well. To the point of almost lashing out at the lady at American Airlines, tears and a overly stressful Friday afternoon.  The good news is, if I had of trusted my gut this wouldn’t have happened, so my post on listening to your stomach (aka gut) works! I’m making a conscience effort to do better this week! ;-) Disclaimer-This is a part of my relentless need to find the silver lining to every cloud!

Ok, now on to the message for this week:

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Listen to your stomach!

Have you ever been in situation where you were totally confused? Didn’t know which way to go? You didn’t know what to do? You had no idea how to get there from here (wherever there is)?  If you said no to all of these, I need your number so I can get your secret! ;-)

Quite a few years ago, a friend of mine was going through a difficult time and she asked me for advice. I told her to-listen to her stomach.  She quickly looked at me and said listen to my what?  I said, listen to your stomach. listen to your stomachYour heart will tell you one thing; your head will tell you something else, so listen to your stomach.  It took her a while to understand what I was telling her, but when she got it she really got it and it worked! Now she uses that piece of advice when making big decisions and I’m happy to say she is super successful in her personal and professional life!

This also reminds me of a time in my own life when things were not going particularly well. Although I had a great career working in politics, there were a lot of things that were off…I mean really off.  I specifically remember a day when a coworker of mine (an older lady that I only saw about once a month) asked me if everything was ok. I thought this was super odd since I have a habit, good or bad, of always trying to seem like everything is great (I try to seem even happier when things are terrible, so I’m sure my “happy” meter was on overdrive).  Maybe that was what tipped her off.  Maybe it was because I had lost weight and didn’t even realize it. Maybe it was because she was just older and wiser.  Who knows, but she definitely knew and she knew immediately!  I thought to myself…how could she know that my insides were doing summersaults?  She has no idea what is going on in my life. Continue reading