The grand essentials to happiness in life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

– George Washington Burnap

Happy Sunday to my tribe! Wow did this quote really jump out at me today! As I am getting ready to embark on a 30 day nutrition reset, this really resonated with me. Because, you see, I’ve decided to take Step 1 in creating a life of happiness, and that is to do something. Now doing could occur on a couple different levels for me, as there is the acute doing, the nutrition reset or the systemic doing, taking control of my health because I want to live a full and happy life and do things that a vibrant, healthy and happy body will allow me to do.

Kind of deep for a Sunday morning, but let me share a little bit about what’s been going on with me lately. Aside from the obvious, having my first child a little over 6 months ago, a lot in my life has changed and I’ve felt on the brink of a major life shift ever since I found out I was pregnant. Which didn’t hit me as hard until Jackson was born. I started feeling like I was living with little to no purpose. I don’t say this to mean I started feeling any kind of depression, but more of a void or a feeling of floundering, mostly in my work life, but even in my personal life. When Jackson was born I felt a renewed sense of purpose in my personal life, as I now had to care for a little person that had no ability to care for himself. And the feeling of having to care for another person at that level, reinvigorated my need to take care of myself so I could take care of him and my family to the best of my ability.  But I was still feeling a void in my work life.

I had planned on returning to work full time three months after Jackson was born, but as the three month mark started to approach I began to feel more and more uneasy about my decision to go back to work. I felt deep in my heart that my time would be best spent raising this new little person and relishing every last moment I could spend with him. So I decided I needed to find an alternate work solution that would give me more freedom and time to spend at home with my son. So I took a part time marketing job that allows me to be with my son full time 4 days a week. And as much of a blessing as this has been, I have still felt this void in the pit of my stomach concerning my work life, like I still haven’t found what I was looking for. So what’s a new Mom at a crossroads professionally to do?

Then it hit me! I’ve been teetering on the edge of starting a health and fitness business for a number of years, but fear has prevented me from taking the next step to realize my dreams.

How often do we let fear paralyze our ability to act?

Then I started thinking, what’s the worst thing that could happen? I could fail and not make anything of this business or I could realize my passion and create something that not only brings me fulfillment but purpose and happiness. It is truly my desire to help other people live the most full and vibrant lives they can by realizing their optimum health. And with that realization, I decided to stop letting fear control me and to own my destiny and go after the life that I want.

I will be working over the course of the next couple months to really bring this dream to fruition and, step one for me is self improvement. If I can’t embody what I want for other people, I have no business trying to help others. So today I start the process of happiness by doing, which will lead to something to love and always something to hope for.

If you’ve been letting fear prevent you from taking action in your life, I challenge you to release the fear you’ve been holding onto and realize that if you start doing you can find the happiness and joy that you desire out of life. One day and one action at a time, we can create the life we envision for ourselves.

Stronger by doing,

L