Make Your Own Way

So often we go through periods of life where we feel stuck. Maybe work feels underwhelming, maybe your relationship needs work or you’re looking for a relationship; the world just feels like it lacks color sometimes. I know how easy it is to stay in that bland, stuck place. It’s frustrating and feels powerless. It’s the place that makes you think “is this it?”

That place is NOT it. It’s not all life has to offer you and you are SO far from being powerless! Every single time I’ve been in that place I’ve paved a way out. It’s not always easy, but it’s always possible.

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and hearing speakers like Brené Brown, Shawn Achor, Shonda Rhimes and Michelle Obama. To say the day was inspiring would be an understatement. I spent the day listening and learning and one of the things that I noticed no matter who was talking, was that these women made their own way. From Michelle Obama’s initiatives as first lady to the woman who started Girls Auto Clinic in the Philadelphia area, they made their own way.

Some of the women I listened to are now famous and reaping the rewards, but they all started with something that felt off. Shonda Rhimes found herself in a male dominated industry and created Shondaland. Patrice Banks, the woman who founded Girls Auto Clinic, felt that car maintenance was the one place in her life she was stuck, if she didn’t have male assistance…so she created a garage staffed by female mechanics!

Maybe you don’t want to become a Hollywood success story or start a business. Your change doesn’t have to be big. In fact, I recommend the opposite. Whatever place in your life feels the most bland, think about one small thing you can do to start paving your way out. Maybe it’s brushing up your resume or having a tough conversation. Whatever that one step is, take it this week. Then take the next one, and the one after that. Pretty soon you’ll be well on your way down a whole new road.

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