“The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.”
- James Oppenheim
It’s about consciously embracing the actions you take. It is about expanding awareness, taking a conscious step, making the movement count, learning, and celebrating successes along the way!
It is about learning to plug-in to the aliveness that comes naturally with
opening your mind and body to new ideas.
It’s about supporting you to be accountable on your journey toward a better way
of living and reaching your goals.
It’s about communicating, connecting, making thoughtful decisions, moving, shifting, growing, finding balance in your being/doing and ultimately creating more fulfillment in your life.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
– Lao Tzu
TAKE THE NEXT STEP came from my personal and professional journey. Along the way, I began to see how my choices and successes came as a result of consciously taking one step at a time. It was not always so for me. Like climbing a mountain and focused only on reaching the peak, I forged ahead, sometimes not even sure why I was climbing the mountain at all. I often failed to reach the goal, ending up exhausted and overwhelmed. Somehow, I missed the point of the eye-opening journey, and the satisfying experience of simply taking one step at time, reflecting on each step and seeing what came next.
Living and striving in “doing” without awareness, I often fell victim to my unconscious choices. I suffered from depression, anxiety, failed relationships and a constant sense of wanting to be somewhere other than where I was. My patterns of belief led me to always seeing world outside of me first. I sought approval, tried to please others, felt that I was never quite “getting there” or being “good enough” in both my work life and relationships. Moving in the world without knowing what was driving me from the inside, my “being” side, was costly to my health and wellness, creativity and my relationships.
Sometimes, I still fall back and when I do, I find I can better accompany myself along the way and move forward, one step at a time, with more ease. More and more I accept that I am a process vs. a failure. I am more aware of the parts I play, the possibilities in updating the stories I have been telling myself and choosing the steps I want to take. I have discovered that going forward, going back, even standing still, can be helpful steps sometimes. I am able to find more flow in the being and doing dance of my life. Making choices, avoiding choices, feeling or not feeling, communicating, dancing, learning - all these have been and continue to be opportunities for growth when I reflect, act and move with awareness and appreciate myself and the journey.