The grass is always greener on the other side… or is it?!?

So on Monday, I turned a year older. Which I suppose can be as significant or as trivial as you make it. However this year, I went up a whole age bracket!

Now normally in the days leading up to my birthday, it’s not uncommon for me to get a little extra reflective. Maybe even sing the birthday blues. Am I where I thought I would be at this point? Is life going according to plan? Am I really that old and does that really make me that old?!?

I had a few vulnerable moments (even from the stage!) and deep and meaningfuls this week… when I just got real and raw. And you know what came out? As much as we think everyone else may have it all together, we’re really all just doing the best that we can. And often those people that we dangerously compare ourselves to, are actually looking at you and doing the same thing.

As with everything in life, it’s all about perspective.

For example, I could be bummed I still have to use my immobilizer and be on crutches. However, I whizzed through that security line at the airport as they let me use the special assistance lane! And I was the FIRST person to board a plane for the first time in my life!

So yes, some fun times this week, and some time to reflect.

Here are some deep thoughts:

 

Perception may be reality, but it’s not always the truth.
 
The grass may sometimes appear greener on the other side, but if you look a little closer the grass you’re standing on is a pretty good shade.
 
Everyone has a story. And no one has everything figured out.
 
Stay on your path and you’ll realize you’re closer to where you’re going than perhaps you realized.
 
Good things come to those who wait (that was from my fortune cookie earlier in the week!)

 

Following up from my lessons learned in Nicaragua (which I shared last week), life is not a race. I’ve been pretty blessed to have had some pretty cool experiences thus far in my life, and I have no doubt I have a lot more still in store. Moreover, I’m learning to love where I’m at right now.

 

(By the way, I’m creating a birthday bucket list… 35 things I’m doing for my 35th year… I have activities from fencing to singing at an open mic night to planting a tree to a painting night. I’m not quite at 35 yet… so any suggestions please message me here!)

 

It’s all about perspective. Perception may not be reality. Your grass may be greener than you realize. (Click to tweet it out!)

Have a FAB week!

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Today’s version is the perfect version…

My week in pictures (L-R): Good times camping in Killarney, Leigh Fowler’s Confident Content Creator Club meet and greet, more #Panamania fun! Fireworks every night!!!

 

Today’s version is the perfect version…

 

You know those moments when you feel a little doubt, a little fear, a little uncertainty? And then someone says something that instantaneously makes it all okay? I experienced one of those moments yesterday.

I had the honour of speaking with a very seasoned professional speaker whom I greatly admire. And when he asked me what was going on in my life, I mentioned the fact I am speaking at the IAAP (International Association of Professional Speakers) annual conference this coming week. I admitted I was a tad nervous, to which he said: ‘You will succeed because you will be you, wherever you are right now, with whatever version you have of your presentation today.’ He went on to explain we’re all in a state of beta ~ we’re all in whatever version ~ be it 1.0 or 1.1 or 7.11. And whatever version we’re at, is where we need to be.

Beta traditionally means the testing version in computer software (I had to look this up!) It refers to the latest version released to a select few before launching. We’re always testing, tweaking, changing… and we’re all simultaneously launching. It’s called life.

So yes, every day we arrive at a new version – a new version of ourselves, a new version of whatever we may be working on – and yet we’re perfect and it’s all perfect wherever it is.

 

You will touch the people you need to touch with who you are and where you’re at today.

You will impact the people you need to impact with who you are and where you’re at today.

And you will contribute in the way you are supposed to contribute simply by showing up with who you are and where you’re at today.

 

You are at exactly the right version that you need to be at right now.

Forget about what you or whatever you were working on last week looked like. Don’t worry about how you’re going to be, or what it could look like next week.

We are dynamic creatures, forever evolving. You’ll know more tomorrow. You’ll know even more by next week. And

 

So be it version 1.0 or 7.11, embrace the version you’re at. It’s where you’re supposed to be!

Have a FAB week!

 

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