Transformation Tuesday with Jennifer Whitney
I was a single working mom to 3 young kids while in a demanding travel all the time job selling mutual funds to non-US citizens, while running a house by myself. I did what I thought I needed to do to survive, making choices that didn’t serve me.
I felt “fine” by I also felt overwhelmed, overburdened, and overweight and promised myself Id change... tomorrow. But tomorrow never came, and being “fine” is dangerous.
In January 2018 tolerable mediocrity became change worthy pain. I was done with mediocre. I decided #itsnowoclock and decided at 47 years old to take the first step across a very foggy bridge to get to the other side where I knew it was beautiful. Everything we want is on the other side of fear. So I set up accountability in all aspects of life I wanted to change and took action steps. NOW I still manage the same house by myself, I still travel in a demanding sales career, and I even still parent the same three kids! But I don’t do what I need to do anymore to survive, now I do what I want to thrive!
After only 9 months last year I didn’t feel overwhelmed, overburdened, and I lost 64 pounds! But it wasn’t about the physical weight, it was about the mental weight I lost!
What makes people gain weight?
Bread & booze? Cookies and cake? Pizza and Pie?
Or could we look at weight an entirely different way?
Because things such as the stories we tell ourselves that no longer serve us, limiting beliefs, chaos, clutter, addictions, distractions, procrastination, toxic people places and things WEIGH HEAVY!
Lose the mental burdens, gain endless possibilities.
Stability does not lead to discipline.
Discipline leads to stability.
You don’t have to know what the other side of a foggy bridge looks like to take a step. Know it’s beautiful. You don’t need a 5 year vision plan to start doing shit.
Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Not someday, or one day, make the now the primary focus of your life. It’s NOW O’Clock!
Set up accountability and take an action step!
Last year I exceeded goals and create dreams I didn’t even know were possible when I started this journey. I competed in #austinsfittests only 17 women over age 40 did it! I fell in love with a worthy man. I spoke at Austin’s non alcoholic bar- @sansbar about my journey. I made new friends. Now I know to use the word impossible with caution!!
I signed up to speak on stage. 4 cities. Fearless Women’s Summit. Im applying to TedX events. I had no idea what I would say or how I would overcome the mega stomach turning fear. But I signed up anyway and fiercely trusted it’s part of my journey. I knew I’d figure it out.
I signed up because I’d thought it would be cool and badass.
Or so I thought. Until my close friend pointed out that was my ego talking. Er... Oops. Good point.
I signed up because I want to inspire people.
Or so I thought. Until reflecting on my story bought me to my knees and humbled the hell out of me. I wanted to run and hide and questioned why the hell am I doing this?
But- who is that says that showing vulnerability is the deepest way to demonstrate strength? Oh yes.... me!
Then the REAL work began. And I LEANED IN. I examined the last 10 years and all the feels that came along with them. I’m trusting my Journey more than ever because this process has caused so much growth.
Now I know... I signed up to inspire myself. And to share with others what possible.
People are not empowered by what they know to be true, they are empowered by what they know to be possible.
Accountability Breeds Action
Action leads to possibilities.
WHAT’s YOUR NEXT MOVE? It’s NOW O’clock.