Dig Deep

By Kelley Mccarthy

I’ve come to embrace life and all of its unexpected twists, turns, and opportunities. When I was younger  I always thought life had to go a certain way. You went to school, worked, got married, bought a house, had kids, all in that order. However, as we know, life doesn’t always turn out as planned. 

A few years back my life took an unexpected turn and I hit rock bottom. For once in my life things didn’t go as planned and I was not ok with it. In my eyes my life was over. I was unemployed, took time off from graduate school and was forced to live on a budget. However, I still had a roof over my head, food to eat, family close by, and a car. Looking back it wasn’t as bad as I made it out to be. My family made sure I was comfortable but somehow I felt alone. It was the alone part I hated. I didn’t know who I was nor did I like who I was becoming.  I spent months depressed not wanting to get out of my bed to face my life.  I was trying to play the pity card as long as I could. I remember looking in the mirror each morning and saw failure. ” What grad school is going to want someone who failed the first time around,” I thought to myself.  Little did I know three years later I would have earned my degree and be working for a women’s college.  I couldn’t get over the fact that my life didn’t go as planned. I was blind by my negative attitude to realize what was actually in store for me. In fact, it would be a better option and a better fit.

About six months before I was preparing for my first professional job search I enrolled in an online life coaching class called Live Your Truth, Love Your Life taught by  two amazing psychotherapists Ashley Turner and Terri Cole. I took a risk by enrolling, besides I didn’t like who I was. There was part of me that still felt unhappy, lost, and alone.  I knew I needed to change. I spent a total of six months working on the way I thought, the way I viewed life, and understanding my past. Because of this class I am a happier more positive person. I am now able to handle life’s twists and turns in a healthier way. The anger I held on to for so many years has vanished. I live each day with a grateful heart and seek out every opportunity that the universe gives me.

About a month ago, after asking the universe to help me find a way to continue my soul searching process an opportunity of a life time was placed in my lap. I am happy to announce that I will be going through another 6 month class, this time with just Terri and a few other people. I will be in a safe and open environment where I can learn, grow and be vulnerable.  I will have to make some sacrifices financially in order to do this; but I know what the benefits will be like in the end. It will be worth every penny.

Many people may not understand the journey I am about to take, it’s ok. No one needs to understand except myself.  It’s not something most people think about or want to experience. This journey will be mentally and emotionally challenging but I am ready to put the work in.  I have the support from my fellow classmates and a few  close friends which is all I need.

“This journey is yours, enjoy each and every step.”

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